I love to quilt. I really do enjoy every aspect of quilting. Well, almost every aspect. Everything except that basting part. I know I am far from being the only basting hater. It doesn’t help that I put off basting until I have 10 quilts ready to baste. I have so much fun piecing and getting my quilt tops finished I don’t notice how quickly they accumulate. Before I know it there’s a big stack ready for backings and batting.
Yesterday I decided it was time to catch up and get every quilt top (and a couple pillows) that I had basted. It took the whole day, and a long boring day it was. But man did it feel good to finally get it done. In case anyone is curious, I spray and pin baste all of my quilts. Quilters seem to either love or hate spray basting. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of “in between” opinions. I’m a lover. I use 505 Spray and Fix and the only complaint that I have is the cost. The smell is minimal when used in a wide open area. I work out of my basement and there is plenty of ventilation. Due to the cost of the 505 (about $13.00 a can) I stretch it as far as I can. I spray lightly and then pin baste on top of that. I can baste 5-7 quilts with one can (throw to full size quilts). This method works great for me. Since I have started basting this way I haven’t had any problems with my layers shifting.
It doesn’t look like a whole day’s work, but I assure you that it was. Four quilts and two pillow tops ready for quilting. I should have some finishes to post about very soon. I plan to quilt the pillows and 3 of the quilts in the next couple days. The last quilt, Starfall, will probably sit awhile. I am still working out how I want to quilt it.
The best part of all that hard work was that now I have this….
Am empty box ready for a new quilt/project. Hmmmmmm, decisions decisions……
Thanks for reading!