After reading Jens post about selling yourself short I will be sure to watch my stitch legnth and also to lock my stitches. I was just curious how many people out there were like me and had several tops completed but had yet to have them quilted? Why have you waited? I'll tell you why I waited.. I was in a shop or something one day maybe it was in one of my online groups, I don't remember but I remember people commenting on other peoples workmanship and the quality.
I know I'm learning and I know that it all comes with practice and time.. I guess I just didn't want to be picked on for those quilts in the begining (the ones that are really ugly) so I have waited and waitied hoping one day I can quilt my own. I only wish that there were others out there that wanted to be helpful but unfortunately I have run into some quilt police in the past that make me want to fold up the top and wait until I can quilt it myself.
On the note of selling yourself short. I don't remember what magazine I was reading and I would credit the right sourse if I could remember. Remember a little while back Kristie was fixing Hunter's horse quilt and was trying to decided what fabric to use. One of last months quilt magazines suggests when you sew your label on to tuck some scraps of the different fabric behind the label before completely sewing it on. That way you have fabric that is the same as the quilt for repairs later and it says that it should fade to match the quilt because you are washing it with the quilt.
Just a thought. I am off to clean up and head out in to town to get some boxes. I have packed 2 boxes and have decided that despite the fact that the navy/ marine corps is supposed to come in and move my belongings that I am going to start packing myself. There is something about strangers coming in and going through my belongings that doesn't sit well with me.