Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Not Like I Wasn’t Warned



In fact the week prior to the Great Perle 8’s Basting Party, I believe Andi stood up and announced that we needed to prepare ourselves for the Nazi Pin Approach. A pin every two inches she said. I believe we beginner quilty types, (of which we are two), nodded earnestly and vowed to come fully equipped the following week.

It turns out the two hundred bendy pin suckers I brought along, barely half ‘cuts it’ for a largish cot/smallish single bed quilt (I’m bad at maths). We girls know how to party hard. THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE, give or take, (too many to really, absolutely count and also bad at maths), still wasn’t enough for Andi who obviously likes to party pin into the wee hours.



Andi reminds me of my Year 9 science teacher. You can ask the daftest questions, of which I have an infinite supply, without feeling like a turkey. Wonder if Andi knows how to baste a turkey...

26 comments:

CurlyPops said...

...and that my dear is reason enough for me to never become a quilter!
PS How much do 361 quilting pins cost?

Umatji said...

oh i am so with curly pops! one of many reasons!

One Flew Over said...

I learnt from the same lady who taught Andi....yep, you can never have enough pins. Did Andi show you the taping process of the backing fabric?

Gina said...

Repeat after me... "outsource the basting". Actually, I think Mr M&E owes you a bit of something after all that proposal writing...

Cindy said...

I reckon she could baste a turkey, in a patchwork pattern with a pin as a lucky dip!
It is going to look so gorgeous when you are doen, 360 will be a pistant memeory - like child brith but without the pain and the 18 years of work after - see how much better quilting is

Kirsty said...

It takes a village .... Lovely working togetherness.

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

And make sure that your pins are high quality and sharp, else you ruin your fabric!

sean the prawn said...

Oh yeah,the joys of pinning the quilt before stitching..tedious but slightly additctive.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Party, eh? You girls really know how to have a good time.

Just think of the inspiration you will be able to take from this party to next one you have to do for the kiddlywinks. Pin the 361 tails on the donkey and Baste the parcel will be unforgettable.

(Oh, and gorgeous quilt top!)

crzylady said...

oh dear.. perhaps I won't learn how to quilt.. or maybe I'll just make REALLY small quilts. What will 10 pins get me?

june at noon said...

And that is exactly why I only make teeny, tiny quilts. I have the pins, but I haven't the patience!

Fer said...

Sounds like pin overload! I was taught that if you put your spread out hand on the quilt you should be able to touch 4 pins. I'll have mine more sparse than that and never have a problem quilting.

Can't wait to see this one quilted!

Lola Nova said...

Oh yes, now I remember why I haven't made a quilt in quite some time. It's not just the pins, it's finding the room to lay it out and ready it for the pins.
How did your fingers fare?

Can't wait to see how it all comes out!

Sandrine said...

Oh, you hirls know to have some fun!and soon baste a turkey, surely...?X

Nishant said...

,the joys of pinning the quilt before stitching..tedious but slightly additctive.
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Andi said...

Never cooked a whole bird in my life ... not even a chicken, let alone a turkey.
I could buy you some pressed turkey breast from the shops though!!
Happy quilting.
Andi x

Mel said...

She probably does - I have previously dubbed her the queen of quilts.

I recently basted a quilt for my mum (read: NOT cot sized) with the "every two inches" ringing in my ears from Kate (of the one flew over variety), and by the end of it it was midnight and I could barely move. My back and knees were so sore and I was thinking "how on earth do old ladies do this?". Imagine my face when I was told to UNPIN it all as it was going to be long arm quilted (another beginner learning moment). Not happy Jan!

Madeline said...

Hmmm...maybe that's why my first attempt at are large quilt ended up so wonky. I know I didn't use that many pins in it.

heather said...

i want to party pin. i've never done that, but i know i would be good at it!

red or gray art said...

i have no knowledge of the pins and all but LOVE your images of them!

peppermintpatcher said...

You'll be very glad of the work that goes into pinning. Andi sounds like a smart cookie!

Kylie said...

So funny - you always make me smile Tania :) Kx

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I commend your ability to stick at through such adversity. Can't wait to see it!!

Sally said...

Oh my. There is so much I don't know or understand about this world.

Nikki Cardigan said...

Oo, oo, oo (that is excitement, not a monkey's call). Gorgoues fabrics and pinning must mean it is on the way to being finished. Looking forward to seeing/hearing how it all goes.

Di said...

Oh well, see, now I know I am truly a heathen quilter because not only did I make a tied quilt, but I didn't use a single safety pin in the process...