Broken Bottles #10: Pinned, perfectly

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I used about twice the normal amount of safety pins…

It’s done, and I didn’t even have to grovel. I checked with my back and knees, and they told me that if I got down on the floor, there’d be industrial action and a few days of grief. So I took the whole shebang outside to my l.o.n.g patio table, taped the short edge of the backing to one edge, and drew the fabric tight across, putting the rest in a roll on the seats of 4 chairs to hold the tension. Then the batting, same deal, and then the top. Once I’d done the top half, I unstuck the tape, and rolled it the other way to do the lower half.

Screen shot 2014-05-17 at 12.03.51 PMI worked quite fast, as the wind is picking up and we’re promised rain later, but it’s done. The thing is totally flat and heavily pinned; wrinkles and puckers are not welcome here. Yes, OK, I had to put in two and a half boxes of safety pins, but I didn’t need to bend over. Instead of being in pain and over the whole business, I’m ready to get quilting! Or I would be, if I didn’t need to go and stuff up my back in other ways, digging up turf in the vegie garden…

Screen shot 2014-05-17 at 12.03.33 PMIn the event, I decided not to piece the spare blocks into the back, so it’s just plain. And gorgeous. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE that shot green? Maybe these two photos give you an inkling: it’s the colour of fresh, green growing things, and after quilting, my next favourite thing is gardening…

Right. Time for a cup of coffee, and then I have to go and tackle the back yard.

13 thoughts on “Broken Bottles #10: Pinned, perfectly

  1. tialys says:

    I’m glad you’ve left the back plain. I think the backing is beautiful on its own and doesn’t need anything else – there is a lot going on in the front so it’s a beautiful contrast.

  2. Jule says:

    Genius! Does this work with kitchen tables, by chance? 😉 It’s looking fantastic. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Works with any table longer than your quilt is wide and wider than about 1/3 of the length. And one you don’t mind sticking pins into… I don’t think I’ll ever baste on the floor again. Fortunately, my very long table is 3.1m long and 90cm wide, and has a ‘rustic’ surface!

  3. wombatquilts says:

    Kate it is looking fabulous.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m suffering from huge frustration here; I have my sister and her husband staying, so I can’t neglect them to sew, and I also have a large amount of work to do out in the back yard so that we can return a trailer that was lent to us. So I can’t sew! It’s sitting on my work table, looking reproachful… Deep gloom. But it IS lovely to have my sister here!

  4. I was just about to write exactly the same thing as Tialys… that backing just didn’t need any embellishment!

    • katechiconi says:

      The only embellishment it’s getting is the quilting, so it’s just as well! I’ll be able to make a start later this week. For now, I’m planning the first planting of my raised beds, which are waiting for us to have time to go and get the lucerne (alfalfa) hay and organic compost.

  5. alisonsye says:

    Looking good. Like the chair technique!

    • katechiconi says:

      The alternative was moving all the living room furniture, taking up two rugs, vacuuming the floor and then getting down and grovelling. There had to be a better way! So long as you’ve got a table which is at least 2m long and over 7cm wide, you can do it. Oh, and you’ve not got to mind the odd pin mark.

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