My mother bought the Handiquilter which we thought would be the answer to all of our quilting needs. This was an early model of the Hanidquilter. They've come a long way. But the version we had left me constantly saying THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!! I quilted 2 large wedding quilts with the Handiquilter,
My mother now sends her quilts out to be quilted. The woman does a great job, but it really rachets up the price and it's just not something I will do. For years, I heard about the "quilt as you go" method and thanks to the power of youtube, I learned just enough to get me into trouble! But it lets me quilt on my regular machine, thanks to the quilting foot my mother gave me for Christmas. The first thing I did on my machine was a baby quilt that I did not quilt as I went. This made for a cumbersome afternoon.
So, here is attempt number 2 at quilting on my machine. AND quilting as I went. I think it came out nicely. My favorite part is this color! I was like "ew, teal, yuck" but I had that material leftover, so I wanted to use it. And I thought it might be nice with white. Wow, I had no idea!! If I had anything of a teal or aqua variety in my house, I'd keep it. But I really don't, and I need to get these crafts out of my house, so I put it up on my etsy. But here's your personal sneak preview.
PS: my second favorite part is the way the aqua thread shows up on the white.