I love how fabric designers draw inspiration from so many different things to create their beautiful designs, and then sewists draw inspiration from those designs to create items (quilts, bags, clothing) ... many of which the fabric designer could never have even imagined.
Having recently had my first quilt professionally quilted (my Sanctuary quilt for the latest issue of Fat Quarterly), I can now see how a long-arm quilter takes that creativity even one step further. They, too, start with something created by someone else and look for their own inspiration to take a quilt to the next level. I guess I just hadn't realized that professional long-arm quilters have a whole different perspective on the project and bring a new set of ideas and considerations to the table.
But I'm not doing a great job explaining myself. Instead, jump over to Bethany's post where she describes the thought process she followed when deciding how to best quilt my project, and the many things she considered to complement my design and take it to the next level. I found it fascinating.
P.S. Tell her I said "hi"!