I finally got the gumption — and the sticky substance — to quilt this darn lap quilt!
Ok, this might sound catty, but does Eleanor Burns have a particularly large lap??? In her book Quick Trips, this is described as lap-size! To me, this thing seems monstrously huge. I predict it will cover the laps of me, my husband, and my two small daughters combined. (It is an excellent book in general, though!)
That’s what it looked like laid out in my dining room for basting. I bit the bullet the used spray baste on the back side, which seemed to help immeasurably. Thanks to those who suggested trying it. It is definitely sticky. It didn’t smell too much but I did open up all the windows and front door (until my husband gave me a dark look!).
I decided to meander around since I could not come up with a better plan for this busy, heavily pieced design. I’m using rainbow variegated “King Tut” thread (nice heavy cotton) and I love it!
Fitting this large quilt under the neck of a standard-size sewing machine is tough, and I also could really use some extra tables to balance its weight. It is heavy, and I don’t find that it’s moving very smoothly when I do my free-motioning. Hm. I’d love to get a semi-industrial sewing machine, like a Juki, one of these days. Hey, it would make a perfect birthday/Mother’s Day/anniversary gift:-) Either that, or one of the machines with a wide harp and a built-in walking foot. Oh, and a sewing room would be nice too! Hee hee.
In any event, one of my next projects is to research more about quilt-as-you-go techniques for bigger projects. That’s the method where you quilt small sections at time in a regular machine (or by hand), and then attach them all together to make a bigger piece. It would make life easier if I want to do, say, a Queen size bed quilt. More to follow soon….