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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sewing, basting.......

This is the quilt I am basting now.  It has one row of squares hanging off the other side of the double table.  For the new readers, here is where I explain my basting.  Here is another post where I show the needle package.  Most people that hate thread basting are using too short of a needle.  Mine are fine needles about 2" long, plenty of needle to get hold of to pull through.
I have some people asking if my stitching doesn't get caught in the basting thread and my answer is that I would rather stitch through a thread than a safety pin.  I don't have to unbaste as I go but you do have to remove your pins as you go.
I have 4 sets of strips sewn on 24 blocks now.  I still have a long way to go to get 15-16" blocks.










This is the pile of little pieces that are too short to use in these blocks.  They are anywhere from 1"-2" wide and most are 3" long or shorter.  They are calling my name to play and make a small project but I'm resisting.

22 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

Keep saving the small pieces you will play with them when you are ready. I sure wish I had the studio you have in the basement for the basting and midarm like you do. Chris

Gene Black said...

Those small leftover pieces are my favorites for mindless piecing to make "scrap cloth"

Linda Swanekamp said...

Wanda, I just look so forward to your seeing your work everyday. I don't know how I can speed up mine. I am so slow at getting them done. Thank you for the eye candy today.

suemac said...

Love how your 16 patch looks all basted and ready for quilting. Your blocks are looking great. Can't wait to see how they end up.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

if I ever got a new house it would have a huge room that was just for me and quilting! I would be very willing to pay the extra it would cost to heat and cool it if it meant I could have large work tables.

Anonymous said...

Waaaaandaaaa.....

Plaaaaaay with us.........

Loooove,
Your Little Pieeeeeces......

(Okay, it's Frebblebit, being silly.)

:-)

Anonymous said...

Waaaaandaaaa.....

Plaaaaaay with us.........

Loooove,
Your Little Pieeeeeces......

(Okay, it's Frebblebit, being silly.)

:-)

Julierose said...

huh! I see that your basting stitches are diagonally set; that's new to me. Thanks for the tips on thread and needles..I usually try to use up old thread (probably why it breaks off). IHave a wondrous weekend...hugs, Julierose

Needled Mom said...

I'll bet you can't resist those little pieces for long!!!

Christine said...

wanda, when you baste a quilt too big for your table, do you just let the weight of the part that hangs off provide the tension needed to keep the backing taut, or do you have some way of securing the hanging side, such as cords or weights or gremlins? -- christine

Susan Turney said...

Love the colors of the new quilt!

JJM said...

Always enjoy a "COLORIFIC" Saturday post and so inspiring. And loved yesterday's post with the fractured piece in the works and all your mug rugs plus your cactus blossoms. And they amaze me too.

JJM

Kevin the Quilter said...

I have never tried thread basting, I have always used an adhesive spray that has worked like a charm for me.

Sheila said...

I don't think I have ever thread basted a quilt. Use safety pins. I think I'll give your method a try.
Love your blocks and your quilt is gorgeous.
I have a pile of those little pieces, too. Can't throw them away, but not sure what to do with them, yet.

Mystic Quilter said...

I do love your quilt there Wanda and great tips for the hand basting, never used the longer needles nor the finer thread but certainly going to on my next one.

Marei said...

I, too, thread baste my quilts and prefer it over pins. I haven't the dexterity to open/close pins anymore. Besides I think the basting works better and makes the quilt sandwich much lighter. As for your little scraps??? It's futile to try and resist playing with them!!

Brown Family said...

I have a pile of those little scraps, too!

Anonymous said...

I do baste my quilts, but just straight line running stitch. Do you find the diagonal holds better?

Susan
ksmcrae@mac.com

Cherry said...

Can't wait to see what you make out of the pile of little scraps!

Abeja costurera said...

I just discovered your blog... and I love it!!

Your work, your colors and your thecnique are an inspiration to keep learning and practice patchwork (in my country is not a mass art, but, I hope in a few years if it is).

(sorry, but my english is not so good!)

Greetings from Chile

Scarlett

kate maryon said...

I've been saving little pieces for a while now.. I love the idea of sewing them into the uneven strips etc... I will be watching to see what you do with yours.

Taos Sunflower said...

I guess I'm confused. If you're quilting these on your long arm machine, why are you basting them?