Sunday, November 2, 2008

A new household rule - never baste a quilt after 4pm!

I really dislike basting quilts with the batting and backing. It's probably why I have numerous completed quilt tops lying about waiting to be finished. Unfortunately, living in a small flat means that I don't have a dining table, nor do I have any table large enough to easily cut longs pieces of fabric on, or baste a quilt. This means that I baste my quilts on my hands and knees on the wooden floor - hence the reason why I dislike doing it. Today I wanted to stitch baste my Leanne's house quilt together. I wanted to stitch it as I am going to hand quilt it and it will probably take me longer than I would like to have safety pins in it.

I started the whole process at 4:30pm...in the kitchen. It is the only bit of floor space large enough! Sampson was not exactly being helpful. He finds it highly amusing to run at fast speed and slide on fabric... hmmmm....



Then the cheeky thing decided the fabric was his and that I was not allowed to go near it. So I had a cup of tea...
Once I was able to herd Sampson into the back room, I got started... at about 5pm. I didn't realise just how much longer it would take me to sewing the three layers together. I sewed a grid of about 4 inches and allowing moaning and groaning time in between each line, it took me over 2 hours from start to finish! And I hadn't started dinner yet! But it is done now and I am looking forward to starting the quilting, but maybe not for a few days while I wait for my back to recover!

Today I am grateful for a patient husband who allows me to take over the kitchen with my quilting, and who also makes dinner for me when I am otherwise occupied.

3 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Well done on getting it basted!! It is always a challenge to find a bit of floor space big enough and not in a thoroughfare.

Simone said...

Made your cup cakes! They are delicious ^^)
Unfortunately I know your problem with having lots of quilt tops ready. I've now decided I first have to finish several projects before I get to start a new top. So difficult. That's why I do stitchery and doll making in between.
Have a wonderful day!

Annie said...

Same Sampson that you brought home almost 4 years ago... he is just a big kitten now!