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Sunday, November 7, 2010
"Let Freedom Ring" Give-a-way
I am home from Washington and still feeling that patriotic pride that I always get when we have elections in this country. I don't approve of all the mudslinging campaigns, but you have to admit, the freedom to vote your conscience is something we should take pride in and never for granted.
I won this pattern at the Quilters of SC Retreat a few weeks ago. As much as I like the pattern, I know I will never make it, so I thought, what better time of year to place it in the hands of someone that will make it. So I am giving it away. Just leave me a post that you would like to have it, and I will draw a name on Sunday, Nov.14. (Please make sure I have a way to contact you - either via blog or email.)
I thought I would share with you the process I go through to thread baste a quilt for handquilting. I am so happy to have this one finally at that stage. Today I had to piece the backing and batting, and once done, I laid the quilt sandwich (backing-batting-top) on the floor - just to make sure I had the top somewhat centered in the sandwich. But no way am I going to try to baste this on the floor - I dont' think my knees or back to take it.
So I carefully fold the top and bottom ends into the center and carry it to my cutting table. Here is is on the table and I start with the center of the quilt first. I use those big binder clips to first fasten one side to the table. Once clipped in place, I fold back the top and batting layers and smooth out the backing, then I lay the batting down and make sure it is smooth, and then the top. Next step is to clip the top to the table on all four sides.
In basting the three layers together, I use some cheap thread that I have had way too long to remember, double thread the needle. I use a spoon to help with the basting, sticking the needle into the spoon which causes the needle to curve upwards and makes basting much easier. (Looks like I should have gotten a manicure before this picture was taken.)
Just to keep myself amused and hopefully from concentrating on the pain in my back from bending over the table for hours, I put a book on tape in the cd player. I find this really does help and today I basted for three hours without even realizing how long it had been. The book I am listening to is "The Heir" by Johanna Lindsey. I have not read (or listened) to her books before and got this one because it was on sale at Books a Million for $5.97. Its actually a pretty good book, so far.
So that is my process for thread basting a quilt. Next step - hand quilting!