There is a saying that "A quilt is not a quilt until you quilt it"
You're right, I'd never thought about how much of "quilting" today is better described as "patchwork". I had an elderly friend who used to say of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, rather acidly, "It's not a quilt. It's applique!
Maria Isobel, I'm fascinated by your observation that Texas quilts all seem to be done by hand. Are you seeing heirloom quilts, like from our grandparents, or contemporary ones? I wonder if it's a local thing, or simply that nobody is quilting at all any more so the only ones you see are older ones. I think the last hand-sewn quilt I saw was a big Hawaiian one that my mother made about ten years ago. I think she did it by hand simply because it would have been too aggravating to machine-sew it. But it did take a year or so to get finished!
Always- you did mark the pages, I just noticed that barely any of them mentioned quilting ( I guess they are patchwork then!) and none of them mentioned even the possibility of hand quilting! Now im intrigued by that lost art! Sadly my machine is having trouble, it sound like a dying car whenever I try to use it and its ruining all my fabric
She's a bit old and I can't afford a new one right now so my adventures in quilting will have to wait.
Wulf- The quilt I have (all from Texas) were bought by my dad who loves to go around antique shops. he gave me some when I got married, but that's all I know about them. I know for a fact one of them is modern, made by a church group for a charity sale. But you can't tell really because the style and the fabric looks very traditional "americana" style. I think its a local thing, there are some tiny towns around the San Antonio area that are popular among tourist for their old-fashion look and shops. So the "old-school" style quilts were very popular!