I have been busy finishing 3 quilt tops, but I haven’t posted about how they have turned out yet because I’m now in suspense: for the first time, I decided to ask a local longarm quilter to quilt my tops! I am waiting for them to be returned next week. Fingers crossed I will love them (and I hope their recipients will, too!).
The quilter, Julie, and I spent some time trying to decide the right free-motion designs to use for each of my projects. She used a white board to draw illustrations of how it could look. Then we chose threads from her stash of cones.
I will be sure to report back on how they emerge from her capable hands. I know she does good work because a colleague of mine showed me a quilt that Julie worked on with an all-over cabbage leaf design. The stitching from a longarm machine operated by a pro is so far from what I can do on my little home sewing machine, so I am expecting really great results.
What I especially appreciate is that Julie does not use computer-programmed designs, which have become popular for all-over quilting, but rather guides the machine with her own experienced hands. It has a more handmade look and feel that way, I think.
And one more thing: I was saved from the wretched, time-consuming act of basting these three quilts with pins or with spray. Julie will stretch them out on her quilting frame and I’m not worried about any puckers or bumps. Hooray!