There have been some comments at other places about the feathered star quilt that was done by a professional long arm quilter that are along the lines of feeling that having a quilt done by someone else means it isn't theirs, that they can't "claim it", that they didn't "make it all myself".
I personally don't feel that way. I enjoy designing and piecing and if I was going to do all the quilting myself then the hard work I have done would essentially be ruined with a panto or some other basic quilting. I just got a long arm and it's going to be a long time before I feel that my quilting is up to the level of my piecing.
What do other quilters feel? Does it detract from the quilt that the piecer didn't quilt it themselves? Does it effect show quilts even? I haven't heard that it does. With a show quilt you even have to state who designed it if it is someone else's pattern or a commercially purchased pattern.
Is it just a bias towards long arm quilting itself? I read on an Amish quilt site that one of the best known Amish quilters, Delores Yoder, does her tops and a friend does the hand quilting. Does that diminish Delores' work in any way?
Yes, the quilting can make or break any quilt. The most beautifully designed and executed quilt could be turned into a disaster by a bad quilting job. I am fortunate that Judi's quilting turned a pretty quilt into a magnificent one.
What are your feelings on this subject?