please excuse these less than clear photos. i was in a hurry and the only quick spot i could think of was clipped up on my curtain rod.
because these two quilt tops are being readied to send out to be long-arm quilted.
yes!! you heard me right! i'll admit i never thought i'd try it. i always thought that the 'perfect' look of all that swirly quilting just wasn't my thing. most of the professionally quilted quilts that i've seen online and in real life, had more of the the fancy quilt show type look. i'm more of a handmade utilitarian simple look. besides that, i can quilt pretty large quilts on my own sewing machine so why would i send one out?
then one day i realized that the reason i thought i wasn't a fan, was NOT because they were quilted on a long-arm machine, it was simply because a lot of these quilts hadn't been washed yet!!
if you know me, my philosophy is that your quilt is not complete until it's been washed. no quilt looks right until it has that slightly crinkled washed look. so that's why i thought those 'fancy' quilts weren't my thing. then i saw some long-armed quilts that i loved, and realized that the washing was the main difference!
ok, i still am not the swirly flowery type. i generally like my quilting to be mainly texture and not it's own design. (although i'm open to being converted from that viewpoint!)
so i've found a quilter who's gonna do an awesome job of these 'big' babies, and once they're back, i'll share more of the goods on them, and the quilter!
meanwhile i have to go make backings, and check for stray threads etc. i'm just slightly nervous about someone else seeing my piecing flaws!