Yellow & Gray Quilt – part 6

Forgive the poor quality of some of these pictures. I got lazy today and didn’t feel like hauling out the camera. I ordered my backing fabric from Hancock’s of Paducah, and it arrived about 2 weeks ago. Here it is so you can all see it before I turn it upside down. And cover it up.

Top & Backing Together

Top & Backing Together

After a discouraging day at a craft fair, I had this overwhelming urge to clean my living room floor. No. Not really. But I did want to pin the layers of the guest room quilt together. This necessitated moving all the furniture and rug out of the way.

The Bare Floor

The Bare Floor

I vacuumed and mopped to get all the crud that was stuck to the floor under the rug removed so I had a nice clean surface to stick my tape to. Even this turned out to be just a little small for what I needed. So I moved the sofa to the end of the room. Can you say Even More Dust Bunnies?! I got the vacuum and mop back out, because me being me, I had put them away thinking I was done. I laid the backing fabric down and spread the batting on top of the whole thing.

Backing taped and batting laid

Backing taped and batting laid

I smoothed the whole thing out and taped the edges within an inch of their lives. Usually I tape the backing first but, as I said, I was feeling a bit lazy. Note the TV with Bride of Frankenstein on in the background.

Next I spread the top out over the batting. This is the first time I’d actually seen the whole thing flat. Pretty cool, right?

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The pinning took me about an hour. That’s not counting the few breaks I took to rest my back. I get a little stiff hunched over on the floor for that long with my little bowl of safety pins and my Kwik-Klip (this cool tool that closes the pins so I don’t totally tear my fingers up).

Me and Frankie, a Quiet Evening at Home

Me and Frankie, a Quiet Evening at Home

Now that the pinning is done, I’ve decided to just do a basic in-the-ditch quilting. I don’t like it when the quilting is so heavy that the quilt becomes stiff. And I’m not a sufficiently enough practiced machine quilter to do a design in just the yellow spots and have it look good. Plus, I just like the fabrics to shine through.

I’m in the home stretch! Who’s coming for Thanksgiving? I should have it done by then.

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