I love to make huge quilts; while small or medium ones can be appealing, there's no substitute for the impact of a really big expanse of art. But it's getting harder and harder for me to physically wrestle huge quilts through the sewing machine to get them quilted. No room for a longarm, and I don't really want to use one anyway.
So after it nearly killed me last year to quilt two huge pieces for the Nancy Crow invitational show, Color Improvisations, I decided to try a new approach.
I made my latest batch of huge quilts in two pieces, finished them, then sewed them together into diptychs. Finally put the last stitch in yesterday and I am so pleased with how they turned out!
On one I joined the parts with a feather stitch; on the other I made figure-eight tacks every four inches. I used 5-weight perle cotton for both quilts. I made the stitches prominent and didn't try too hard to have them perfectly regular, figuring that if you're going to sew things together you might as well flaunt it.