Thursday, July 22, 2010

BASTING AND HSTs

Since my last post, I made a bunch more HSTs. Here is the first section of the flag quilt that I love and posted about when I was in Oregon.
These 2 sections of HSTs are for another project and I made lots more to have available for another quilt in the future - all out of reproductions.
First thing Monday morning DH and I set up 2 large tables in the garage and he helped me baste 4 quilts! I got the idea of setting up tables in the garage from Elaine. We have some tables that we use for craft shows, but I had never thought of using them for basting - DUH! I have gotten lots of great tips from Elaine. Here's the stack of quilts that we basted.
Here's my box of HSTs ready for use.
I finished the table runner! Too bad the table won't stay this neat!
Here is the string quilt getting quilted. I finished it yesterday and am ready to sew on the binding.
This is one of the other ones we basted and it is now finished and will be delivered to a friend at my former work today.

The reason I am working so hard on quilting (besides the fact that I love to do it), is that we will be leaving on another trip in 3 weeks and I need to get as much done as I can. Even though I will have my featherweight with me, I won't have much time to use it for 5 weeks. I'm trying to think of some more hand sewing projects to take with me besides the embroidery that I have prepared and one applique block to finish.

Today, I'm going to lunch with good friends from work. It will be good to see them again.

17 comments:

Mayleen said...

I really like your HSTs and am looking forward to seeing them in a quilt!

BTW, I have tables I used to use for craft shows and hadn't thought of using them for basting either! What a great idea, no more kneeling on the floor!

Lori said...

You are getting so much accomplished!! Setting the tables up in the gargage is a great idea.
I love everything you are working on- what are you up to with the repro hst?! I'm going to love it, I know that!!

Beth said...

Your hst look great, love the ones for your flag quilt. You really did get a lot done. I try to have hand sewing ready if I know I will be away from the machine for a while.

Katie said...

How lucky you are that your hubby helps baste! And you've already quilted two of them? Wow! My shoulders hurt just thinking about that much quilting! Everything looks wonderful.

canuckquilter said...

You have been busy! It all looks great. Good for you tackling all that freemotion quilting. Travelling again? Where to this time? -Joane

---"Love" said...

Are you quilting 24 hours a day? You certainly are productive! Every project is so special. I don't think I have ever seen so many HST's! And it seems you began that string quilt just a few days ago! I want to make one of those before long. ---"Love"

Sandra Henderson said...

Looking GREAT!
Love it ALL!!!! You've really gotten a lot done... XO

Liriopia said...

Wow, you go girl! Love everything you've shown. Is it my imagination or do you have even less time for quiting now that you've retired than you did when you were working? LOL.

Liri

Quilt Hollow said...

You have indeed been very busy! I enjoyed popping in to see what your working on.

Marsha said...

I love the flag you are working on. That is a great pattern, you and Theri will have "matching" quilts!

I also love all of your HST's, the fabrics are fantastic! Can't wait to see the finished quilt made of those.

You have accomplished so much, you must not eat or sleep, just sew!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Wow--- yes you have gotten alot done. The "String" quilt is great and so are the "HST's". Love the reproduction fabrics. Always fun to see what you are up to! Carolyn

Elaine Adair said...

Thanks for kind words - you certainly have been productive! Did you put them on PVC pipes to make them taller? THAT is the very BEST tip I've ever had!

So glad that worked for you!!! You've definitely benefitted from that idea. BTW, I got it from someone else who set them up under her outdoor awning, with a view of her mountains, while she basted her quilts. How lovely.

a good yarn said...

Fantastic work Ruth. You are powering through the projects with wonderful results! The table set up is a winner. Cheers, Ann :-)

seventhsister26 said...

You almost made me dizzy with all that progress! Love all of it;)
Happy Quilting!!

Shakerwood said...

How great that hubby helped you! Isn't it nice to know that they are there when you need them for the little things as well as the big stuff!

Karen said...

Your strips quilts just seems to glow. Shows you what you can do with scraps.

Janet said...

Hi Log Cabinj Quilter!! TaDa - you are the runner-up in my giveaway over at http://www.funkybabymine.blogspot.com
You need to email me with your mailing address so I can get your prize on the way to you.
BTW I'm a sucker for half square triangles and will be making some to use up a lovely selection of strong pastel calico prints - whee!!