The pinning is completed on Road to California; now we baste?

Hello campers!

Finally, after a snowy weekend of pinning, the 6000+ block Road to California quilt is pinned with over 4500 pins and not a wrinkle on the back side.  Whew!  I always worry so much about that!  My usual practice is to go from the pinning stage to rolling up the quilt and beginning the quilting on my Kenmore sewing machine in a basic "stitch in the ditch" style.  However, this quilt is so huge (120 x 100 inches, 80 x 65 1-1/2 inch squares) that I have decided to baste it first.  I have only basted one other quilt top, one I intend to hand quilt and have yet to get to that one!

So I started the basting last night and did three rows.  I have discovered I can do a row of 65 squares in about five minutes and there are 80 rows = 400 minutes. Then I will need to turn the quilt 90 degrees and stitch the rows going the other way so 65 rows of 80 squares, let's say 7 minutes to do a row of 80 squares = 455 minutes. 455 + 400 = 855 minutes divided by 14.25 hours. Yikes!  I had better get busy.

Although it is a lot of time given to basting, I think it will cut down on the quilting time.  Plus, all the straight pins will be out of the quilt, meaning I will not get snagged on them, break needles on them, or stick myself, an action that results in foul language and bleeding on said quilt. 

The adventure continues!

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Comment by Millie Shenton on February 17, 2012 at 9:24pm

What  a lovely piece of work this top is. Please keep us posted on your progress.

Comment by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on February 13, 2012 at 11:51pm

thanks, Karen.  It's midnight.  I started at 7 PM. I would guess 1/8 of it is now basted.  Hard on the hands.  I went and purchased a quilter's thumb.  Very handy tool!

Comment by Karen Lightman on February 13, 2012 at 9:41pm

Girl you know I love this quilt...it's so beautiful.  The basting will be well worth the while.  Have fun and I can't wait to see the finished product!

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