When I was a kid, we "tied" the quilts.
Beth, I bet you wished you had thought of the power tools come back when that guy said that to you. I just told my DH about your post. He agreed with you about the power tools.
Also, our ancestors used what was available. If they had a sewing machine, they used it. If they would have had access to rotary cutters, they would have used them too.
I also never heard of binding a quilt until after I retired. When did binding become popular? We used to just hem quilts.
I imagine every quilt show has their rules. I have been to them and read the cards that tell who pieced them and who quilted them. Sometimes it was the same person but most of the time it was different people. The quilts were beautiful no matter who quilted them.
I think of quilting as an art and art is seldom perfect. It also falls into the category that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Even though I just wrote all that, I'm still my worse critic - but no one else had better criticize my work! Them's "fighten" words! LOL