Thursday, March 24, 2011

in Progress

y'all, basting pins are slow!

Y'all, basting pins are slow! Last night I ran out of basting spray mid-way through basting Love in Wonky Stars.

Love in Wonky Stars - basted.

So, trusty basting pins to the rescue. A slow, somewhat painful rescue, that is.

Blood even.

ready.

But we're ready to quilt. I'm hoping tonight!

And speaking of slow, would you like to see my never ending project?  This is the one began over a year ago and rescued this February.  It was put aside again for all the quilts I've churned out this March.  Last night I thought I finally had everything ready to finish.  Take a look...

we're almost there...

Now, you'd think that this was everything I'd need to finish a humble clock. But, nooooo, I hadn't yet painted the shiney brass clock hands.  In my desperation I made a trip to Walmart for spray paint (if you know me, you know I was d.e.s.p.e.r.a.t.e.) and with complete abandon spray painted them myself.  I don't know that I've every spray-painted before.  But, Brandon says my work "passes."  So, last night with very High Hopes, I again set out with can-do spirit to finally assemble the clock. 

Thwarted yet again by an unsuitable hole punch (see random purple item above). 

I am wishing that this weekend, a friend will come to my rescue.  A scrapbook diva, hole-punch wielding friend to whom I am gifting a baby quilt on Saturday.  Crossing fingers.

19 comments:

  1. Hope your friend comes to your rescue!
    Love, love, love Love in Wonky Stars!! Can't wait to see it finished.

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  2. Ugh, I hate that! You're so close to finishing, and then you're missing item x. Lame. I hope you get to finish it soon! It will be a lovely clock. And yay for quilting the Wonky Stars! It will be such a gorgeous FO.

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  3. What does basting spray do? Does it really hold the fabric to the batting well enough that I won't have to pin it? Could this be the answer to all my swearing and cursing at the piles and piles of pins I use? lol

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  4. I am LOVING your wonky star quilt! The colors are fabulous and the tiny stars are adorable!

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  5. The star quilt-to-be is gorgeous... do I recognize some Kona cerise???

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  6. I am in LOVE with your wonky stars!! So great! Hope you get some spray soon! :)

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  7. I my gosh - yes, Tiffany it is! I LOVE basting spray. It does eliminate the need for pins completely. Here's a comparison of the two basting methods: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2010/09/basting-tale-of-two-methods.html

    Thanks for the wonky star love, friends! FYI this is a quilt made of blocks from the Love circle of do. Good Stitches. I don't want to take the credit!

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  8. i'm a pin baster, and i couldn't live without my kwik klip. (http://www.paulajeancreations.com/kwik-klip.html) it makes basting much easier and less painful. i know some people use a knitting needle to the same effect, but i find the little notches on the kwik klip keep the pin from sliding. seriously, this inexpensive tool makes basting super fast for me!

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  9. I hate basting! Have got to get me some of that basting spray... Love the quilt!

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  10. Love the quilt! Love basting spray! Let me say it again, LOVE basting spray! Toni

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  11. I love your pinned quilt. I can hardly wait to see the finished project.

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  12. Oh my gosh that will be the cutest clock ever. Seriously, in the history of the world.

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  13. I so sympathize! Basting takes forever. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  14. I seriously have to try spray basting. I hate pinning my quilts! The wonky stars look lovely. Can't wait to see your clock all finished :)

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  15. That quilt top is lovely. Love the wonky stars. Can't wait to see it quilted.

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  16. So beautiful.
    Can't wait to see it finished

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  17. Love your wonky stars - not fond of pinning but that is easier than getting it all outside on a low table so I can spray - but I do recommnend a kwik klip - as mentioned by arjane - but if you cant get one / find yours etc etc - a teaspoon works really well too! I must admit though that when I pull pins out of a quilt I leave tehm open - and that CAN cause some ouchiness next time I go to use them. (Personally I would rather pin than quilt!! - ready to swap???). And missing one bit is the cause of a lot of UFOs for us all I am sure. And if you're an Aussie - you would know the phrase "Soldier on!!" Good Luck with finishing two more UFOs!

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  18. Beautiful quilt! I usually use the spray baste too, but recently switched to the pins. I think I liked the pins better, they seemed to really hold everything nicely. And I liked the clinky noise when I moved the quilt around.

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  19. I made that clock for my sister for Christmas!! It was a lot of work in the end but definitely worth it!! Yours is looking adorable!!

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