Several hundred safety pins later, my thumbs are sore, but my quilt is FINALLY basted and ready for quilting!
|Basted... And Basted Again|
The internet is rife with tutorials instructing quilters to crawl around a hardwood floor on their hands and knees to accomplish the basting procedure, but I don't do hands and knees. I prefer to baste my quilts on a standing height worktable, without inflicting any agony on my hands and knees, and I've done this successfully in the past -- but not on tables that were pushed up against the wall like this one is. I opted to move the worktable back up against the wall when I remodeled my studio in order to economize space. Since my worktable base consists of kitchen cabinetry and wooden cubby units and my butcher block work surface weighs over 700 pounds, it's not like I could just scoot the whole thing out a few feet from the wall temporarily, either. I thought I remembered that I had somehow managed to baste a similarly sized kiddo quilt with Minky backing on this new worktable two years ago, but I could not for the life of me remember how I managed to do that.
So I decided to wing it. I spray basted with 505 and then I pinned like a madwoman. And then I flipped the quilt over after a couple of hours of pinning and discovered THIS:
|Backing Side Up, The Wrinkle Of Doom|
(In case you're interested in the CORRECT way to baste your quilt on a table surface rather than the floor, there are excellent instructions in the book Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes).
|Essential Basting Supplies: Curved Safety Pins, Kwik Klip Pin Closer, and Pinot Grigio|
Meanwhile, I'm just excited that the basting is behind me and I get to start quilting tomorrow! I am not 100% sure how I'm going to quilt this one, but I do know that I'm going to start by stitching in the ditch along all of the non-black patches and along the borders. I haven't decided whether I'm going to do that with black thread or with monofilament nylon "invisible" thread. My new Westalee ruler foot and quilting rulers finally showed up a few days ago, so I'll probably want to test out some ruler work on this quilt. Stay posted!
Have a great weekend.