Every quilter dreams of finishing their own quilts. Well, okay, most of them do LOL And I'm am one of them. Don't get me wrong - it is nice to have someone quilt them for you when the tops are made but really - did you really "make it?" Hmmm... not really. But that is MY opinion, right?
No, really - think about. Yes, you may have created the top and it's beautiful ... but "sometimes" your quilter is the one that brings it to life and makes it downright gorgeous!! Did you do that? Hmmm... No. See, that is MY opinion. I did design one top a couple years ago (for McCall's Quilt Designer Challenge) and it was my favorite piece as a "top". My quilter/friend, Suzanne Gauthier, quilted it for me in ways I never dreamed it could be done. You always - ALWAYS - acknowledge your quilter as they are really part of that quilt. Suzanne - she brought "Breaking Free" to life! It actually took on a whole new look once it was quilted.
With all that being said, I decided it was high time I do something about making my quilts "all mine", even if I do give them away. Just before Christmas, I bought a Husqvarna Viking Platinum16 and named her "Pattie". She is a sit-down quilting machine where I am the driver and the designer. It looks like a sewing machine but has a longer sewing area - for quilting Now I still have loads and loads of practice to do what I dreamed of doing but that is all in the learning process, and I'm up for it. I think.
After a little tweaking, (very little I might add) I sat down and quilted my first piece on her just to get use to her. And she stitches like a dream!! So, in my free time (yah like I have lots of that when I'm working!) I will be practicing with "Pattie" doing a dance on quilts!