A Little Basting Going On

Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, scrap quilts, sewing room

I ended up pin basting on the floor instead of the quilting frame.  My fabric was pressed and I laid it out on the floor to make sure it was the right size – it was – I got the batting out and needed to cut and baste!  seeing as it was all on the floor anyhow I just got to work and pin basted it in the afternoon yesterday – now it is out of the way and I can get started putting The Postage Stamp quilt on the quilting frame today.

Hopscotch in progress – at this point I had it half pinned.  It only took a couple hours – I did half and took a long break and did other things then came back to it and got it finished before I needed to get started making supper – yes the back is sore but I am so used to doing it this way that it really doesn’t take me that long and it is always up off the floor by the end of the day. I will be machine quilting this one on my Juki while the hand quilting frame will be occupied with the Postage Stamp quilt.  Do not expect to see fast results!!!


And here is The Final Frontier ready for squaring up and get the biding ready – I will get to that later this week.

The Final Frontier

As you can see I didn’t put in a whole lot of quilting but enough to have it quilted!  I’ll show more on this one after I get the binding done.


And the sewing room looks so bare and messy without a quilt on the frame doesn’t’ it.


A few more mini hexies done over the last week.   I place the tape measure by them so you can see how many one has to do to get a large (or even small) quilt.  I am linking to Em’s Scrapbag today and Cooking Up Quilts MCM#47 and Love Laugh Quilt.


With these two ingredients for a base and toss in 5 medium potatoes, sliced, one onion chopped and a pound of hamburger browned – mix all in a large bowl until well mixed, pour into a baking dish sprayed with Pam Spray – I used a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.


Bake for 45 minutes at 375 in the convection oven (regular oven – a guess here – 400 degrees at one hour?)  and you have supper – just add a veggie of your choice or two as sides and you are ready for a easy meal.  I am just calling this Ranch Potato Bake!   I made it up – it is a keeper, we will have it again.


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18 comments… add one
  • Marianne Nov 14, 2016

    Congratulations on finishing the Final Frontier and starting quilting two more. You are a whiz!

    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      well I haven’t a clue when I will actually start the machine quilting but at least now it is pinned.

  • Summer Nov 14, 2016

    I love your Ranch Potato bake, Karen. And your mini hexies too. Happy Monday and have a great week!
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    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      thanks Summer!

  • Deb Nov 14, 2016

    That recipe looks good, AND easy 🙂

    What a day…so much accomplished !
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    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      I’m all about easy when it comes to meal times –

  • Liz Nov 14, 2016

    I spy the little piggy. Makes me smile!

    Wow I am amazed at all you get done, just goes to show that little bits of time really do add up. I am proud of you and hope you are too. Hugs.
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    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      thanks Liz!

  • Mary Huey Nov 14, 2016

    When I read about basting a quilt on the floor, I’m always grateful that I never learned to do it that way but rather on a table. At this point in my life, working on the floor would be really tough!
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    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      I just do not have the room to set up tables to do the quilting up high – well I guess I could by moving all the furniture out of the way as I do now but I would have to do it just part of the quilt at a time and be taping things to the tables. One day I’m sure I will pin baste using the quilting frame instead as I had intended. I just sit on top of the quilt and move carefully so it stays T-pinned to the carpet and I lay full out to stretch out my back now and then – it actually goes quickly – just make sure to get up and move frequently

  • Lisa Nov 14, 2016

    All your quilts are so colourful. It’s been a delight looking at them this morning…and your sewing room is quite tidy in my estimation.

    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      thanks Lisa – I do like scrappy quilts so they tend to be colorful with white or other neutrals as a background. Rarely do I use a dark background as I did with Final Frontier

  • Kathi Riemer Nov 14, 2016

    Congratulations on the Final Frontier quilt finish! You don’t let grass grow…already a lovely new quilt to finish. Thank you for the yummy looking recipe.
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    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      actually I have two ready to go – one for the machine and one for the hand quilting frame – staying caught up – this will make none in line waiting for now – I do have a couple more thought that will be close to the finish line soon

  • Sandra B Nov 14, 2016

    Great finish for Final Frontier, Karen!
    Handful of Scraps looks great on the design wall…and I love those star blocks too!
    That recipe sounds delicious…thank you for sharing; I will definitely be trying that one soon….
    We are having nasty weather in Virginia today…cold and rainy!
    I didn’t do much stitching over the weekend…celebrated my 68th birthday on Friday…where have all the years gone?! I am back to stitching today, and enjoying lots of hot tea!

    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      happy birthday!! I hoe; to get the binding started on Final Frontier this week we might get rain next week but has been pretty nice here!

  • Emily Nov 16, 2016

    I have to baste on two tables pushed together. On the floor is just to hard on my knees. Your quilts look great!
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    • Karen Nov 16, 2016

      I just sit down on top of the quilt and start to pin – moving very carefully along lifting myself up with my hands and move my butt! backing is T-pinned to carpet so stays in place. Hard on the back but not on the knees

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