Although I enjoy hand quilting some of my quilts, I send my large quilts to a long arm quilter for quilting. I allow her to use her creativity as she sees fit, so I give very few instructions. She chooses the pattern and the thread. Consequently, when I pick up my quilt it is a big surprise, but I am seldom disappointed.
A great long arm quilter can make a crooked quilt straight, a drab quilt colorful and a plain quilt exceptional. Even if the quilt is not transformed, it is at least close to being finished. That in itself, is reason to celebrate.
One of my recent quilts was quilted by Maxine Moore. It is called I Love Strong Coffee. (Yes, my quilts tend to be autobiographical). I wanted a neutral quilt that would feel at home with someone curled up on the sofa, but let’s face it. Neutral can be bland. The machine quilting gives this neutral quilt definition and substance. When I picked this quilt up and saw it after its transformation by Maxine, it felt like Christmas.