Do you know how many safety pins it takes to baste 5 quilts? It took me approximately 1,000 pins! I owned 300 and had never needed more but decided to purchase an extra hundred before heading down to my Dad’s for my basting marathon. When I used almost 300 on one quilt I took an emergency trip to the store and purchased 600 more. I’d apparently forgotten how many pins it takes since I hadn’t basted in so long…
I don’t normally let quilts back up like this but I have no space to baste in my apartment so I have to go to my Dad’s six hours away. Understandably I don’t want to do this every couple weeks so I let the quilts pile up figuring it wouldn’t be to hard to get a bunch done in one trip. It wasn’t so bad although I don’t plan on doing that ever again, I think basting three quilts in one weekend is my new limit.
Of course having gotten that done and patting myself on the back for being ahead of the power curve for Christmas gifts my sister in law decided to throw me a curve ball. Apparently my brother (her husband) wanted a quilt from me for Christmas but no one told me. He told her and his mom but the message didn’t get passed on….. It would have been nice to know since I’ve been struggling with what to make him, never thinking he would want a quilt. So despite the fact that I have five quilts to finish and the fact that I have zero fabric in my stash suitable for him and the fact that I only have six weeks until Christmas and no clue when I can baste it I’m going for it. I went online and spent a small fortune on Echino fabric, picked out a pattern and once it arrives I’ll start burning the midnight oil to get it done.
In the meantime I really need to get the five quilts I basted this weekend quilted so that I can get started on binding them (my least favorite part). To make myself focus I’ve put away all my other projects so I won’t be tempted to work on them instead.