I am sorry to tick off a lot of quilters. You could be a traditional quilter or an art quilter, but if you did not quilt your own quilt, you aren’t a quilter. You are a piecer, an appliquer, a whole cloth painter or a designer. I don’t know when it became acceptable to only do the part of a finished work you like to do, or are good at, and then pass it around to the next person. That’s OK but it isn’t your quilt in my opinion. It is a 2 or 3 person work since you also might have paid someone else to do the binding since NOBODY likes to do the finishing.
I know the argument that a lot of artists have assistants. That isn’t the same as entering a quilt in a quilt competition and taking credit for the quilt, the whole quilt and nothing but the quilt. I think it is dishonest and it certainly is not fair to other quilters who did all the work on their entry. I even think it is dishonest for a quilt in a gallery if it is the quilting design and expertise that make the quilt. There is a saying every quilter learns when they start down this path. It isn’t a quilt until it’s quilted. It is up to you to decide if it is YOUR quilt or a collaboration.
I do all my own work. I used to be a master hand quilter. Then when rheumatoid arthritis started causing issues, I went to only heirloom machine quilting on a domestic machine. Now the disease has progressed so I have to use a mid arm . I don’t use a stitch regulator, it’s all my stitching and mistakes. It is the hand of the artist visible in every wobble and occasional non-uniform stitching. If that means I don’t win an award, I’m OK with that because I know it is my quilt from start to finish.