Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Monday, September 14, 2009

gretta's college quilt

is on the basting table, and i'm in the process of using basting pins 
(specially curved to catch all 3 layers of fabric). 
thank you deb, for encouraging me to try this method.
i thought it was too nasty for my arthritic paws.
but it's turning out to be ok.
i like it better than dreary needle and thread basting.
the fabric came via a very clever marketing idea,
from moda.
they sell stacks of 10"x 10" squares.
42 cute different fabrics to a stack,
all from one collection.
this one is called "wonderland".
so you know they all "go together".
a little off from the original idea of patchwork,
 that is, using bits from here and there.
(oh well, as long as it was just a "special treat").
some folks cut the 10" squares into smaller pieces
 and work with them that way.
but using the squares as is
 was a quick and easy quilt top to put together.

gretta and i considered two other fabric options
 before this one really "sang" to us.

i hope to be quilting tomorrow morning...

5 comments:

  1. ohhhh I'm so excited!!!!

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  2. This is fabulous!!! Gretta, you are a lucky girl!!!
    Karen, I've enjoyed your recent posts - sorry i haven't commented - especially the one about the Vermont Land trust meeting.
    I admire your industry in putting this quilt together. I'm just now washing fabric for a lap quilt for my daughter Kate. hopefully your example will keep me going on it!!!

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  3. Nice combination of colors. It'll look great when it's completed.

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  4. Judy, keep us posted on your progress on Kate's quilt!

    Thanks Dena.

    And Gretta, thanks for being patient. :-)

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  5. Really nice, Karen! have you used a tool called a Kwik Klip? it's supposed to help close the pins more easily. I actually enjoy hand basting small projects. We've hand basted big projects in my quilt group by attaching the quilt to a basting frame, then leaning it against a wall...and had teams of women passing a thread needle back and forth to each other, from one side of the quilt to the other. It's a fun project made lighter by the work of many hands. I have to say, my biggest machine quilted project lately i did pin baste and was thrilled with how fast it went...and how easy it was to move pins as needed as i freemotion quilted near them.

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