is done. Mary Ann's son gifted her the kit many years ago and will soon go from closet to her bed. I have quilted enough tops now on my new machine that I was confident to tackle this one. The center and first border is a floral all-over pattern I perfected from my home machine days. The solid white outside border will be full of feathers.
The last two quilt tops were floated on the long-arm frame. I have read both pros and cons on this method -- I have to say I prefer it. I am able to watch and smooth the batting and able to pick out those pesky dark strings that sometimes show up under the top while quilting. I can lift the top and replace it quickly.
I did add a little feature above -- I am using two PVC pipes to weight the top down while I am quilting between the top and back bars.. By pressing the pipes down, I can also smooth the top at the same time keeping the process even.
Happy Independence Day!!