One of the first quilt tops I made was a lone star. But not just any lone star, a king size lone star. Because go big or go home, right? Well the top turned out lovely and thats as far as it went. I had no idea how to quilt the darn thing. I have no clue what I was thinking. Fast forward a few years. A few more skills under my belt and a little more knowledge. I have not made another king size quilt, but I have met a dear friend who happens to be a talented long arm quilter. For those of you not in the know. A long arm quilter is not someone resembling a gorilla that likes to sew, but a wonderful person with a home or studio large enough to accommodate a larger than average sewing machine and a frame to hold the quilt. Basically a long arm machine works the opposite of a standard machine in that you move the machine while the fabric stays in place on the frame. It makes the process of quilting a gigantic king size quilt much easier and much more pleasant. And the end result looks amazing.
It is a little more traditional than I tend to work these days, but I think it is a nice nod to the quilts my grandmother and great-grandmother made.
Do you prefer traditional or modern quilts?