Since 2010, we've moved 4 times giving me the opportunity to baste quilts in many different spaces. We've lived in our current home for a year and a half and I hadn't basted a full bed size quilt until this month. And now I know why - there's no room. After finishing the log cabin quilt earlier this month, I wanted to start quilting my Made in Cherry quilt. I had basted the log cabin quilt on a small patch of carpet in the living room, and had to adjust it several times. I tried to do the same thing with the Made in Cherry quilt but it was just too big. I needed a bigger area where I could spread it all out. This is how I did it.
First, I wasted too much time on the internet while Floyd was napping.
Second, I made an awesome track for Floyd to play with while I basted. I even put it in the hallway so we'd be close together and could still see and talk to each other.
Third, I pushed the table and chairs as far as I could get them, opening up the dining room floor.
Fourth, I tried to get everything to lay flat but then I remembered how much I hated basting on floors as the back just keeps slipping. So, I tossed it aside in disgust to go pick my older son up from school because having three kids in the house makes it easier.
Fifth, I gave up and let Floyd "help" me. Here he is inspecting the box of pins.
Sixth, I finished basting with only one teeny, tiny pin left that I never use but for some reason can't throw out. On the floor is the basted quilt. Or a mostly basted quilt. I didn't have enough pins so I focused on basting the centre star with a few pins in the yellow sections just to keep them out my way. I'm going to be quilting the centre first anyway.
Finally, I apologized to my kids for all the swearing and ranting I did while basting. Next time I will move living room furniture - I find it easier to baste on carpet. And I guess I need more pins if I do another big quilt. I've also considered giving away all my fabric and never quilting again.