I do know the limits to my own capabilities, and sometimes I have to know when I can't possibly do another thing. I made the decision to turn Butterscotch Baskets over to a professional machine quilter, Diane. I'm so glad I did! This is the first time I haven't quilted one of my own quilts since 2006!
I told her to use her own judgment on how it should be quilted. I trusted her completely, and she did a tremendous job on this quilt!.
Diane knows me, and she knows what I like, and what kind of quilter I am. She has great attention to detail.
I love the density of the quilting and I know how long this takes. I appreciate the amount of time, patience, thought, and effort she put into my quilt.
As soon as I get the binding done of this quilt, I will take a picture of the whole enchilada. I will stand proudly in front of this quilt at Spring Quilt Market in the Schoolhouse Session for RJR Fabrics and conduct my Schoolhouse to quilt shop owners and attendees. This is the big time for me, and I feel like I'm graduating from the 'kids' table. Teenage table maybe???
I have great respect for designers who fill an entire booth at Quilt Market with their new designs year after year. I only had to make two quilts, and I feel like it's knocked me for a loop. I still have the patterns to work on, my Schoolhouse session presentation, and make sales flyers for each of them. If I had to multiply this by a factor of 8 or10 quilts.........well, there wouldn't be enough midnight oil to burn and you would have to cart me away on a stretcher.
Last night we raised our glasses to the two quilts, Butterscotch Baskets and Heritage. Now on to the next, and final phase of getting them, and me, ready for Market.