This week I have been working on my mom’s birthday present. On Monday I put together the backing, Tuesday I had every intention of basting it but I got distracted by my crazy block, and yesterday I finally basted it! Woohoo! I have exactly 2 months from now to get this thing quilted, bound and mailed. I don’t want to miss my deadline!

Basting this took me 2 hours and I really do think I am officially crazy now because I started a new leg workout this week and WOW did this about kill my thighs! There are about 250 pins in the quilt because I am terrified of it shifting while I quilt it. Now, keeping in mind that I will be quilting this on my home machine, what do you think? How should I quilt this gorgeous quilt?

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16 Responses to Basted

  1. Debbe says:

    This quilt is stunning! As far as the quilting goes, you could take each block and quilt it to highlight the curves and lines of each block. You could do a block a day and meet your deadline. 🙂

  2. Colby says:

    Very pretty! I’ve switched to exclusively doing spray basting and will never go back. It is so much quicker and stays for long periods of time and has the flexibility of adjusting if you need to in the middle of quilting. You should try that method, it saves your knees and your time!

  3. Lisa L. says:

    I LOVE how it has come together. I really have nothing new to suggest on the quilting front, but cannot wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Rebeckah says:

    Wow it is beautiful! Good for you! I am very scared to quilt something like this on a home machine!

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    wow this is fantastic. Hmmm, I think I would do echoing with each block. Then on the back you would see the shapes from the front.

  6. Susan says:

    It’s a gorgeous quilt and she’ll love it, no matter what you do. With all the angles in there, I would do something curvy. It could be simple as a Baptist Fan, or something more decorative. I know you will come up with something that is wonderful.

  7. Pat V. says:

    This is a fabulous quilt! (My birthday is in April, btw…) I am so inspired by this!

  8. Rachelle P. Smith says:

    This is beautiful. I’m sure your mom is going to love it! Good luck with finishing it on time.

  9. WEll, ITS Purple Gorgeous, not alot of Purple in my stash, so I sent out an order. Where did you come up with the design? Also what exactly do you mean about Basting did you sew around the edges or needle and thread. I am no expert on quilting but I have been seeing alot of clean line quilting in the colors and blocks and on the Space lots of design.

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    Wow! That’s beautiful! I would probably do echo quilting because I’m not practiced enough with free motion quilting. How big is this quilt? I’ve quilted all of my quilts on my home machine, and I think the largest was about 75 x 75. Not easy, but it’s definitely doable. Good luck! Can’t wait to see how you quilt it 🙂

  11. This is a lovely quilt. Very nice job. Some basic stippling would be lovely! BTW….what is the middle block on the bottom row? I would love to make a couple of those myself!

  12. Great job! My favorite way to quilt is to stitch in the ditch all the major joining lines to provide extra stability, then quilt each block differently in an intuitive way…no marking, no planning just fun quilting along!

  13. Kathleen says:

    Someday when I grow up, maybe I can make beautiful blocks like this!! 😉
    I’m trying though….still consider myself a beginner, but I am enjoying the process. Hence I have no advice for you, but I look forward to seeing your finished product.

  14. usairdoll says:

    Beautiful quilt Melissa! Great colors and blocks. Your Mom will love it I know.


  15. I LOVE this purple quilt! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your quilting design.

  16. Katy says:

    I’m sure you’ll get it done in time 🙂 I’d maybe in the ditch between blocks to hold it together, then FMQ in each block – you could do all different patterns, or maybe alternate a couple of patterns

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