Friday, October 29, 2010

Fave Things Friday

As always, I was at a loss as to my favorite thing today. Here's my thinking process: Last night I finished the pieced backing for the little throw quilt I've been procrastinating about for weeks, and I cut the batting to fit. Brought it to work today, thinking I'll use the tables in one of the conference rooms after work to lay it out and pin baste it all together. Then, it occurred to me: My favorite thing today is to pin baste a quilt on a table so I can move on to the joy of machine quilting it.

For anyone who's not familiar with pin-basting a quilt, there are good instructions here: crazy mom quilts: one way to baste a quilt. The only thing I do different is work on a table instead of crawling on the floor--those days are gone for good!

I enjoy choosing the fabrics to make a quilt, piecing it together on the machine, basting the quilt "sandwich," machine quilting it in fancy designs, and even hand sewing the binding--all the steps of quiltmaking. But I most enjoy snuggling under the finished quilt OR seeing the look of pleasure on the face of the one to whom I've given the quilt.

Whatever you do today, whether it be quilting or another activity, I hope you enjoy the process as much as I enjoy mine.


  1. My favorite part of sewing is the 'process,' so I can see why pin-basting would be a favourite. Thanks for sharing the link. Happy FTF! :o)

  2. Ok I am going to have to say that basting is my absolute least favourite part of quilting. So not liked that I'm thinking of just making quilt tops from now on, unless I start making quilt as you go quilts. It's great that you enjoy the whole process, I so wish I did.

  3. I'm so glad you enjoy the whole creative process Barb.

    I must confess the enjoyment of the quilting process eludes me for the most part because I'm still doing straight lines and need to move on to fancy stitching. I dont mind basting too much. It doesnt take too long , but thats the part where things can go pear shaped if you dont do it properly!

    Dont forget to show us your quilt when it's done. Thanks for joing in FTF again this week. It's always lovely to see you!

  4. Can I just send all my to-be-basted quilts to you? :) That's my least favorite part, but it's probably because of all the floor crawling involved. Glad to hear you see it as a means to an end though. I like that perspective.

  5. I completely agree with you! All of those things are favorites of mine too! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful time quilting your quilt!

    xo -El