Scrappy Quartered Log Cabins
oh hi! you managed to make it down here after all that dizzying explosion of scrappy colour?! is it too much color and pattern? i don't know, but i DO know that these blocks were a lot of fun to make.
inspiration from Sunday Morning Quilts - my first but definitely not last quilt from that book! (yes I recommend this book if you have any amount of scraps)
this quilt is a true mash up of my scraps. just any strip that was long enough qualified.
oh yes, and the quilting. this is the second quilt that i sent to Chelsea, together with my single girl. this one she did a big swirly flower design which works well with all the straight lines in this quilt.
so my final thoughts on sending out a quilt for long arm quilting? the biggest point to me is that i LOVE the finished product. no worries on the 'perfect quilt show' look that isn't really my thing. it really does feel like a quilt that i quilted myself (except of course better because it has perfectly even stitch length and the design is consistent) i will definitely consider sending my largeish quilts in the future.
another concern that i had was that it wouldn't feel like 'mine'. so yes, there is a certain good feeling i get from making a quilt from start to finish, but somehow these two quilts don't feel like any less of an accomplishment. they still feel like mine. i still feel good about them. i'm definitely not giving up quilting my own quilts for the most part. i really do enjoy every step in the process of making a quilt. but i will say that free motion quilting a twin size or larger quilt is kinda tough on my little sewing machine! so it feels really good to have this option for 'special quilts'.
the expense? well, it's not free, just like all good things! i actually didn't shop around much for price. i chose Chelsea partly because she's a modern quilter so i knew she'd 'get' what i wanted, and also because she's from Canada so i knew shipping would be cheaper. i think her pricing is very comparable and reasonable, and she was lovely to work with.
so i'm happy to say that my long-arm quilting experience was/is positive and i encourage you to try it! although if you've only ever had your quilts custom quilted, i also encourage you to try quilting one yourself!