I've had a few questions about quilting with a long arm. So I thought I'd load some photos. I think visuals might help the confusion among the non-quilters reading my blog.
Long arm quilting is simply stitching the backing, batting and quilt top together, forming a quilt sandwich. The first task is loading the backing fabric onto 12 foot long rollers. The fabric in the photo above is a beautifully dyed batik from the island of Bali. After the backing fabric is loaded and rolled taut, the batting is placed on top, you can see cotton batting lying on the fabric in the photo.
I have 2 choices as I proceed loading the batting and quilt top. There are more 12 foot rollers, one set for each layer of a quilt. I can load the batting and top on those if I want to. The other choice is the one I always use, it's called floating. I simply float the batting and quilt top on top of the backing fabric. To start the long arming, I stitch along the top and sides to anchor the 3 layers together, and then the fun begins!