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Dec 04

This Weekend in Quilting

It has been a very quilty kind of weekend.

Friday was the church auction. The wholecloth quilt was this year’s quilt and sold for a very good price. Here’s the official portrait of the front.

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It isn’t the best ever picture. I regret the wrinkles, but you get the idea. The back is blackish, darker than the picture below. I never got a picture of the whole back, but my friend Ellen did and shared it with me.img_5148

It was also Christmas decorating weekend in the upstairs. (Our daughter decorated her part of the house last weekend – way more decorating than I ever do). I wanted to use the Christmas table runner I finished back in April on my coffee table but there was a problem. My coffee table has a raised edge and the table runner covered that. I could picture lots of spills as we set drinks down unevenly. So I decided to do some editing and make it a little wider. It would have been faster if I’d just cut an inch or so off of it all the way around, but I really liked the binding so first I removed the binding. It felt like it took forever.

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Here is the before picture:

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And here is the after picture as it sits on the coffee table:

fullsizeoutput_1e66The other quilty decoration is my tree skirt. The very first church quilt I ever worked on was a Cathedral Window quilt. When there were too many blocks made for the size quilt we were working on, we made a tree skirt. Guess who got it at that year’s auction! (We also had enough parts left to make another tree skirt the following year.) Here’s my tree skirt, hanging off the table on which we put our downsized Christmas tree.

img_5143The other quilty thing I got done this weekend is that I got Scrap in a Box basted. I didn’t get a good picture, but I did want to show you where I need to do this now. (I used to use the JoAnn’s cutting table, but I don’t have that anymore.)

img_5149Yep, that is a tile floor. My knees are not happy with me. I don’t want to do this too often. I need to figure out something else.

How was your weekend?

Quilt on!

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  1. nonniequiltingdreams

    LOVE that whole cloth quilt. I never have problem getting decoration out and up … the problems come when they have to be put away…. sometime in FEBRUARY.

    1. Gretchen

      One year I got the tree undecorated by the end of January but it sat in the living room until June before I actually got it apart and DH took it down to the basement. 😉

  2. Valerie

    Oh, your poor knees! Hope you find another solution soon. Is there room at church?
    The whole cloth quilt is wonderful, and I’m so glad it sold for a good price.

    1. Gretchen

      I have toyed with storing up the tops I want to machine quilt and then, once I have finished the quilt on my huge handquilting frame, using that frame to baste all the quilts I have saved up before I put the next big one on the handquilting frame – but that could be awhile.

  3. Jaye

    I heard about a method where you tape the quilt to the wall and baste it on a wall. I don’t have that kind of wall space, but gravity might help with the work.

    I kind of like the thinner border on the table runner.

    The whole cloth quilt is gorgeous!

  4. Gretchen

    I know that Christa Watson has posted about wall basting, but she spray bastes, I think. And I can just picture myself gouging chunks out of the wall with pins. The kitchen counter may be an option for some quilts. Maybe fancy kneepads. I will press on toward a solution.

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