A few weeks ago, my sister Lorraine mentioned that she’d like a new lap quilt. Since she rarely asks for anything, I found some fabrics specifically with her in mind. I love the way this scrappy churn dash turned out, but then I wasn’t sure what to do about getting it quilted. We have a Handi Quilter Avanté® set up in the office and I’ve always wanted to learn to use it, so.. did you take a deep breath, because I did?…I asked Sherri Driver, our Editor Extraordinaire in Quilting, to help me. On Saturday, we met and set up a practice quilt sandwich, and off we went. I was pretty happy because as far as first times go – it wasn’t so bad. We loaded my quilt and I started out slowly, thinking this is for my sister and even if it turns out badly, she’s still going to be my sister.
Wow! Amazing! I didn’t realize the printed fabric and matching thread would hide a good number of “mistakes”. I relaxed a little and concentrated on the needle. It was almost zen-like. In no time at all, I was done and we unloaded it from the frame.
I trimmed the excess batting and backing and then posed for a picture. ALL DONE! And Thank-you, Sherri!