Basted! Quilting started I got my backing fabric a day early and set to work immediately on getting The Uncommon, Common Bride ready. I can’t think of any other name for this quilt – can you? If you do suggestions please.
We had a discussion on basting two weeks ago – and I admitted to not enjoying basting on the floor. I do not have a lot of room, I have no large tables to put together or access to them for the amount of time that would be needed to do the basting. I decided that in the future what I need to do is when I complete a large quilt on my really big 3 roller hand quilting frame – I need to baste all the quilt tops that are waiting in line that I will be doing in my hoop or using my sewing machine before I put a new big top on the quilting frame!! Of course this will mean making sure I have quilting backings and batting but I think I can do that alright. I will also need to fold them and stack them under the quilting frame for storage but I think it is a manageable idea. This is a photo of my quilting frame from when I first put the Red and Green quilt on it – perfect for basting too!
Here the quilt is all tacked out to the floor and pin basted. That is a long ruler laying on it – I was going to draw grid lines and then had second thoughts – I am going crazy with all the grid lines on the Red and Green Applique and thought “do I really need to put myself through more grids” – not right now. I still plan on using the stencil that I showed a couple weeks ago for the final border on this quilt but I think right now I will plan to echo stitch around applique pieces and go from there and decide as I go.
This is my backing fabric and yes the color is pretty much right – kind of a faded blue/gray/yellow on a very light beige. It was on sale what can I say – it doesn’t really match the top all that much but I kind of liked it. The color is a little different than I expected – but that is ok
The center of the quilt so far:
Monday night I got back to work on the Red and Green Applique and managed to do a little progress on that one – I will be going back and forth between these two quilts for the next 6 weeks or more I’m sure. I got the border section quilted and then moved back over to the center.
A lot more work needs to be done. (now you can see why I don’t want to do a grid on the other – it takes forever!) When I get quilted all the way across this stretch I will be half way done! It is taking longer than I intended but I have been finishing quite a few other things so that makes it ok in my book. I am not on any kind of deadline.
I should have mentioned yesterday that applique really is easier than some think it is – you have to take your time, learn on big pieces first and a big circle is really a good place to start – work on your stitch and no corners to turn under!