Although I am still recovering from my bout of flu we are back to work here on the farm. O Wise One had the flu but for him it was only a 24 hour ordeal. Baby O never caught it!
The snow is mostly gone now due to a warm up over the weekend to the 60's. It did not last long though because the mercury is supposed to fall again for the rest of the week. O Wise One continues to trap daily and is having pretty good luck this season but is amazed at the number of people trapping this year. With the bad economy I imagine everyone is looking to make extra money however they can. The pelt prices continue to remain pretty good though even with the large number of trappers.
Baby O helped me stretch and baste a quilt yesterday. You can see here it is a large scrappy log cabin done in blues. This is an oversize queen quilt with a blue patterned flannel backing. I am making it for myself !! Or I say that until someone comes along and wants it. You can tell blue is one of my favorite colors and I had so much in my fabric stash that I felt I just needed to use some of it. We stretched the backing and batting and taped them to the floor with masking tape. Then pinned the quilt top on top and basted it down to the other two layers. I don't always baste my quilts but on the really large ones it helps to stabilize it while getting it on the floor frame. I was very happy with the job I did as you can see the quilt laid beautifully. No ridges or buckles to be found. Notice the large white temporary basting stitches going through the middle of the quilt. Nothing like sewing on your hands and knees to make a girl feel her age. Thank goodness I had Baby O to help. What am I going to do when that girl goes to college? Wonder if I could find an apprentice....
Once I had the top positioned I took a large curved needle and crochet cotton and basted all around the edges and down through the middle of the quilt to hold it together until it is quilted with the final quilting . You can see the big curved needle laying directly in front of the ball of cotton on the quilt. I hear they have some sort of spray out now that glues to layers together basting them. I have not tried it though. Just another cost added to quilting that is probably unnecessary. After all I have manged to quilt lots of quilts over the last 30 years without it.
Once basted we removed the tape and transferred the basted quilt to the frame. And another quilt awaiting many hours in that old rocker adding stitches to.
Before I really start this one I have a top at the sewing machine that I am still working on too. And I am still cutting up strip for rugs out of all those old jeans and T shirts from Baby O's closet clean out. So as you can see I am slowly recovering from my flu and moving slowly but still moving.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter