I went over to the professional quilters house a couple weeks ago to drop off this quilt top I've had finished for at least a year.
Alice has a ton of space to give over to her hobby in her basement. Here we laid out the quilt on the floor to be sure our backing and batting would be sufficient:
Look at how gigantic her machine is!
It's a Gammil Optimum which is a top of the line model. Her husband is a carpenter so he understands about nice tools. They bought this for a retirement hobby.
She's like me in that she likes to make things for the joy of it and not so much to sell. Marketing and selling takes some of the fun out of creating for us. I feel lucky that I found her one summer at a booth at our local Farmer's Market. Our local quilt shop also has connections to professional quilters, but they take longer and have a far more limited selection of stitching patterns.
She let me take a few photos of her house which is full of quilts by Alice and handmade wooden things created by her husband.
Look at the cute spindle idea they came up with:
It's a spool of thread with a bobbin on the end! She has a lovely quilt collection:
I still need to do the binding on my quilt, but look at the swirly back: