I've had a couple of requests to see a picture of Sylvia's whole quilt.....so here it is. The feathers make an interesting effect which you don't see while you're quilting due to the width of the throat space on the quilting machine. You have to trust your instincts that the overall effect will be pleasing to the eye and add value to the quilt.
In September I entered a contest sponsored by Handi Quilter and submitted my story here. The winners would receive additional training at HQ headquarters in Salt Lake City and be featured in the 2011 ad campaign. Well, I didn't win but it was fun writing the story.
If anyone is thinking about purchasing a machine, test drive some and see what feels good to you. It's a big investment of money, space and time. I love my Handi Quilter. Sometimes I wish I had the "big bucks" to upgrade to a computerized machine, but by not having a computer-guided machine, I had to learn how to quilt my quilts using my own creativity and skill. I learn something with every quilt.
I've quilted just one pantograph in the last four years. I've discovered that I can't follow a straight line with the laser. As with anything else, practice, practice, practice. Zinny, our Golden Retrieve, had the nicest, quilted dog beds from all of my practice sessions. She is so spoiled!
I hope all of you enjoy your day preparing for your Thanksgiving feast. I have a list of things to do from making pies to the rolls that will go into the fridge tonight. Oh the anticipation of smelling the turkey cooking tomorrow........life is good. Happy Turkey Day to all.