It is a bright winter day...lots of snow and wind...and I am busy pinning the wedding quilt.  About five years ago, my husband, George and our friend Bill Hisker, built me a table extender for our dining room just for pinning quilts.  Here you see the quilt spread out being pinned on that extender - thanks guys! 

The quilt is so big, I have to move it several times to pin it.  I am always a little nervous about that as it is so easy to not get the bottom absolutely flat and end up with a big wrinkle in your quilt.  Pinning a quilt this big also means you have to own lots of quilt pins.  I have a biscotti tin with probably 2000 pins but had to go out and buy 1000 more.  Oy vey!  My plan of attack is to pin awhile, then go do something else (like write this blog entry) to save my aching back and sore fingers.  In a few minutes, hubby and I are headed out into the snow to go grocery shopping and hit a fabric store (of course!)  Then it is back to pinning.

Hope you are having a great quilting day too!

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 11, 2012 at 8:15pm

what a beauty! when i first started tha is the way i did it. but on the hardwood floor in the din rm of the house i was living in. had a book by joe cunningham & gwen marsten. they said to 'stretch' the backing and tape down with freezer tape then lay the batting smooth and the top.

did that ...worked. then found antique quilt frame at estate auction. the kind that they used to c-clamp the corners...raise to the ceiling and then lower and every one would sit around it on chairs to work on it as they hand quilted. read in same bk as noted above that they would also rest the clamped frame on the back of dining chairs to work.

so...that is how i baste my quilts now..and have for many years. set up the frame on which i have re-newed the fabric tacked to it's length to pin the backing to. then lay on the batt, then hand baste the quilt in 4" grid...great use for old thread.

there are so many ideas and techniques that have been used and relied upon by quilters down thru time...to me it is soooo interesting. course i am a bit of history nut...don't care too much about the subject...just give me it's history!!

Comment by viki hagan on February 11, 2012 at 7:41pm

It's lovely, no doubt all that pinning will pay off beautifully. You are a brave woman using straight pins, I would have so many holes in my fingers it wouldn't be funny. I'm a firm believer in safety pins or a basting gun.

Comment by Dee Shreffler on February 11, 2012 at 12:53pm

How are you going to handle it when you quilt it?  Do you have a long arm machine?

Comment by Dee Shreffler on February 11, 2012 at 12:48pm

WOW   It is beautiful and hugh.

Comment by Susan Bosshardt Sinks on February 11, 2012 at 11:59am

Beautiful quilt!

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