I'm working on another border for my medallion quilt, and this being my second hand piecing project I've been reflecting on hand piecing a lot. I just want to say, it is worth it because it does actually look different! The enjoyment of being so up close and personal with the project is one thing, but I am actually mesmerized by the way there is this ever so subtle texture change at the seams that could never happen with machine quilting. It happens as a result of the spacing of the hand stitches, rather than the consistent, mechanical tension and lack of gaps with machine seams. Its not messy or imperfect, just different and I love the way it keeps the top from feeling too flat. It was really the perfect project to work on this weekend, as I've been really missing slowness lately. This project made for a wonderfully refreshing slow weekend in the studio with the warm November sunshine streaming in.