Yesterday, despite best intentions, instead of cracking on with, and only cracking on with, blanket finishing, my quilt called me and distracted me.
In theory I have done what I am calling "pin basting", no idea if that is a real thing or not? Anyhow, I saw on lots of other blogs people pinning their quilt top, wadding and backing fabric using these special nifty curved safety pins.
They are made for this - see, the packet says so!
I thought that I would then tack it all together with some contrasting thread to keep it firmly in place before starting the actual quilting. I spread the backing fabric on the floor and smoothed it all out. Then I turned it over so that the right side was facing down, not up... Repeat the whole spreading and smoothing thing. Top with batting. This stuff is like Velcro! Top with quilt top. Smooth, spread, smooth, spread on and on and on. Decide that I have had enough and start to pin along one edge. You have to start somewhere after all. Then I carried on pinning until I couldn't bear to add any more pins. I had tried to be really careful to keep everything really flat and held taut all the time. It looked great.
It doesn't look so smooth in the picture because this was taken after I had picked it up - I put it back down for the picture!
Picked it up to fold it up and put away before carrying on another day - because that blanket really does need to be finished. Only to find the back was a mass of wrinkles and rucks and tucks like you would not believe. Agghhh!!! It looks as though a herd of wildebeest had just run over it.
I think a different approach is required which will involve moving the living room furniture to the very edges of the room and working on the floor in there where there is more space.
Note to self. In future, the first time you make something, do not make a massive version. Start with a place mat. Or a coaster...
I KNOW that quilting is not easy, that is why I am always in such awe of quilters, but I didn't think the pinning would be so hard!
You can guess what I will be doing again today can't you!