I also took a couple of longarm quilting classes from Judy Woodworth- an award winning quilter and super nice lady. Boy, does she make it look effortless! We watched as she demonstrated numerous designs, then we were able to attempt some of the designs on the HQ18 machines they had set up.
This is a wholecloth, quilted by Judy and painted by her husband. What teamwork!
This quilt is called "South of the Border". I thought that this was the front of a wholecloth quilt, but this is actually the BACK. wow. The front of the quilt is pictured in her book- Freemotion Quilting.
I decided that I really need to upgrade my machine to one with a stitch regulator. Maybe next year I will take one home with me! I need to start saving asap. Anyway- Judy was really encouraging and she even signed my book! If you get a chance to take one of her classes, I would recommend it.
The AQS Show will be in Des Moines each year until 2013. If you can swing it- Its definitely worth the trip. It will provide you a humbling kick in the rear to up your quilting techniques and inspire you enough to last the whole year through.