Anyway, my friends Sandy and Al live about an hour away, with my busy schedule I don't get to visit them often. One day I mentioned to Sandy that I had a quilt top I needed to quilt and she suggested I come up and Al could show me how to use their long arm. I jumped at the chance. We figured out a date that would work for all of us which was two weeks away. I think I had a harder time waiting for that than I do for Christmas! It worked out that sweet hubby was off work that day too so he was able to join us.
The quilt top I made was a falling charms pattern
The charm pack I used was Sweet Baby Girl Charm Pack by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake. I think it's such a cute pattern for a little girl. When I picked this out I didn't have anyone in mind, I just liked the fabric.
Al helped me pick out a quilting design and off we went. He was so patient, taking the time to explain everything, sometimes several times until I understood.
We picked this flower design, which goes perfectly with the backing fabric;
I chose the little frogs on the pink background for the binding. I love how it looks like they are peeking over the quilt!
The finished quilt!
I had a hard time deciding what to do with this little quilt. It's the first quilt I quilted on a long arm, so it's special. I thought about saving it until we have another granddaughter, but who knows how long that will be!
I decided it's much better for the quilt to be loved, than to be stored in a box, so we gave it to the newborn baby daughter of one of my husband's coworkers. They love it and were so touched that we gave them a gift from the heart.
I can't thank Sandy and Al enough for inviting us into their home and letting me play on their longarm. I've decided a longarm is in my future, probably several years away though. I'm starting to research them to see what I like. As a matter of fact, the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is coming up later this week. I'm planing on test driving several different longarms to see what I like. I'll try to remember to take pics and report back.