Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
I apologize for the faulty links that WordPress has posted from me. I’m not sure what is going on there, but definitely it’s not what I want it to do. Ain’t computers just grand?!
I’ve been looking around the web at free motion quilting tutorials of late. I will be teaching an intro class to FMQ myself this summer and am interested in what other teachers are doing. I also am becoming a bit of an online student at Craftsy, Craft Daily and a few other sites. I find that learning and listening in my jammies with my beverage of choice suits my style these days. I came across this blurb for a book/class on bobbin quilting by Michele Scott which is intriguing. That girl has an attitude! I’ve seen her work online and a few pieces at a national show, and she is very talented. Oh that I could do a bit of what she does with her machine. Click here to see the blurb yourself. Maybe you’d enjoy a class with her too.
Do you quilt your own quilts? What’s your favorite technique? I will quilt my own pieces up to the size of a generous lap quilt or throw. Beyond that I send them to a long armer. I tried quilting the larger sizes back when I was first learning to free motion quilt. Somehow I thought if you didn’t quilt your work yourself, that it was a mark in the demerit column. Ha! Not anymore! Although I am proficient at free motion now, and better at creative walking foot quilting, I have no qualms about letting someone else quilt my larger pieces. Why not take advantage of the talented long arm quilters out there? Quilting makes the quilt I think. More than once a quilt that I was not enchanted with has come back from the long armer looking much better than when I sent it.
How do you weigh-in on long arm quilting, or on paying to have your pieces finished by a professional?