Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to try and baste a quilt in a small house

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. 

1 comment:

  1. LOL, that was funny (to me, since wasn't there!). i also find it interesting that we have different approaches to basting.. i MUCH prefer basting on my hardwood (or the cork in the kitchen...). i find it much easier that way to tape the bottom layer down and have the pins slide through easily. anyways, looking forward to seeing the finished quilt! (and kisses to your little helpers...)


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