I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Basting (In more ways than one!)

I haven't managed to do very much in the past couple of weeks due to a week of teddy making followed by a week's holiday.  I have, however, managed to complete Part four of the Di Ford Mystery Quilt.  I don't expect the fabric pack for Part 5 until the end of September, so this is now packed away until then.

It wasn't until I took this photo, that I realised how bright the cream triangles looked, so I carefully tea dyed the triangles with a sponge. Much better now!

I added an extra border to my Spools quilt.  It now measures eighty inches square, so will fit our bed nicely.  I have started sandwiching and basting the quilt using the Sharon Schamber method.  She has a couple of very helpful videos on Youtube showing this method.  I am paranoid about getting wrinkles anywhere on the quilt - front or back, so I am basting it to death!

This process is likely to take some time, as the only space I have large enough for this that is out of the way is my conservatory.  It is very hot in there during the day, so basting will be confined to early mornings! Not only is the quilt being basted, I feel like I am, too!

Last week was my 60th birthday, so I've eaten far too much cake and chocolates!  We had some lovely days out.  We visited Ypres (now called Ieper) in Belgium, and did tours of the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral in London.  We also visited Chislehurst Caves and the quilt exhibition at Danson House.  Mike's back at work this week, so normal service is resumed!

I am a bit obsessed by spools quilts at the moment, so was very taken with this lovely bed quilt at Danson House.


  1. Hi Sue I see you are back in to the sewing mood all ready, what a wonderful spool quilt it must of been lovely to see in person, wonderful wonderful colours. I have used Sharon's method also and find it a lot easier than getting down on the floor which my knees won't agree to any more. I must admit the sunroom sounds lovely but may be not in the mid summer LOL. Your quilt of Di's is looking lovely, did you just dab the tea on to the cream blocks and let it dry?????? Cheers Glenda

  2. Happy Birthday, Sue! Your mystery quilt is looking lovely. I wish you had shown it before and after you tea stained the triangles. How did you manage to dye just the white triangles and not get anything on the adjacent triangles? It's a fabulous solution. Your spools quilt is beautiful, too -- very cheerful colors.