Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Basting the Monster Iowa (Carolina) Christmas

I've seen some Carolina Christmas quilts on blogs lately, one being Bonnie's herself.  I have had the top done except for sewing on the borders (the blocks for the border are made and patiently waiting in a lock and lock container) for almost 2 years.   I decided that I wouldn't have time to get it done if I add the borders, and with the sashing it is already gargantuan anyway.  Bonnie's looked pretty sizable, and I think that my sashing will take up for her borders, I think it is about 92 x 92 or thereabouts, large enough for my queen sized bed.  I can use the border blocks for something else.  I have been putting this off mostly due to fear.  I usually do the Sharon Schamber board method of basting, and I quilt on my Juki with a 9 inch bed, larger than the average DSM, but it is going to be really snug.  My table is 3 feet by 6 feet, no way I can do the board basting method, so this is what I came up with.

Another view before basting.  Yes those are hair clips, and they weren't perfect but did the job, at least gave me moral support.

This is 6 or 7 hours later, and it's all basted.  It's so heavy and unwieldy that I couldn't search the back thoroughly for tucks, but I think I did pretty well, I didn't see any. 

The backing is a yummy flannel sheet from Landsend that I got on clearance a year or two ago.  If I had time I would have done things differently, I would have done the borders and fancied up the back, but it is almost Christmas and I'm in the mood to overcome my fears.   Now on to the next scary part, and I feel up to the challenge, quilting the monster.  My goal is to have it done with a simple meander in time for clue number 4 of Orca Bay on Friday.  Maybe, in my dreams I will have it on my bed and what Christmas decorations I put out and my little tree making things festive around here.  The ones I've seen lately looked so festive and lovely that I want mine done, too.

PS  I'm from Florida, but my mother who passed away a few years ago from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) loved Iowa best and thought it to be the nicest place on earth.  Her Birthday is December 17th and it is named for her.  I wish that she were here for me to give it to.   

I just remembered that in my haste and my desire to act before inertia took over, I forgot all about a label.  I guess that I will have to add one later.  

9 comments:

Elaine Adair said...

Whew! BIG job, done - looks good from here - so does that chair to help rest the dogs! 8-))

It's going to be a lovely quilt and just in time for the holidays.

Marie said...

What a beautiful job!!It is beautiful and I am sure we will have a cold night or too before spring! Have a beautiful Christmas Holiday. Hugs, Marie

Michelle said...

Very pretty!

regan said...

It's really lovely, Candace! Well done!

Linda said...

Bet it feels good to get that job done! I hate to baste and I have several waiting in line. Your quilt will be awesome!

Amanda said...

I do so hope that you manage to get it done in time for Christmas, though it is a huge quilt to manoeuvre through your sewing machine. My younger son's birthday is on 17th December too, rather too close to Christmas. I love your idea of naming your quilt for your mother.

Ellen said...

Basting and quilting such a large quilt is a huge undertaking before Christmas but it looks so fantastic that it will certainly be worth the effort.

Michele said...

I'm sure it will be wonderful! No worries, I always put my labels on after the quilting and binding is done.

Kay said...

Gosh! That's so much work! Wow!