The UFO of the month (well, the last three months actually!) is almost ready to be quilted. As all quilters know, there is a lot of prep work getting to this stage. The top has to be "de-threaded" (technical term) and pressed, the backing must be pieced and pressed, the batting has to be purchased, measured and cut, and finally the three layers are ready to become a quilt sandwich. Boring.
But then the fun part starts - pin basting. Most people dislike this stage of quiltmaking but I like it. I put on some great music and spend the basting time thinking of possible thread choices and quilting designs.
I consider where the quilt will be going (gift, donate, or keep) and what it's job will be (utility vs. heirloom). And I think about the quilting I've done lately and what technique I might want to learn, or try again. While basting this quilt I decided to try a chevron design, but wasn't sure if I was patient enough to stitch a whole quilt of straight lines with the walking foot. As soon as I sat down to quilt and realized how many times I would have to turn the whole quilt to stitch straight chevrons, the decision was made - free motion wiggly chevrons it is.
This quilt is getting done in August!