Today I had my big lesson on how to use a Statler long-arm quilting machine. I am now "certified!" It was fun! I did a border design, custom designs in individual blocks, and an edge-to-edge section.
Now I can take on the world! Or at least an occasional quilt. Next week I'll go back and do a Quilts of Valor quilt. I can do these for free, for practice, and a soldier gets a quilt: win-win. After a couple of practice quilts I hope to feel confident enough to do some of my own. I'll rent time on the machine and see how much I can accomplish. It'll be nice to get my own quilts done, or at least a few of them.
Here's the quilt I made today, and a couple detail shots.
BTW, the batting we used is Quilter's Dream Green - it is made of recycled water bottles! It feels perfectly normal and fine, but it's green, so it's not right for every project. It worked just fine for today.