I decided to have a break from the FW quilt today and thought I would get the Civil War quilt (aka The Mister's quilt) ready for quilting. I finished this quilt top back in January so its about time that I think about getting it finished, or at least make a start on it, and as Barbara Brackman will be starting a new BOW later on this year, it would be nice to have the first one finished or nearly finished.
The basting and sandwiching took about an hour, I use spray baste and roll the batting and the quilt onto boards and then unroll them out over the backing, it works very well and saves the knees. I usually put a few safety pins in just to keep everything together as I only spray baste very lightly.
I'd forgotten how tiring it is to manouevre a heavy quilt around the sewing machine, good exercise for the arms though. It would be so nice to have a massive table that could take all the weight of the quilt but I guess we make do with what we have, don't we?
I'm keeping it fairly simple for the moment, just straight-line quilting from corner to corner on the sashing, which makes a nice cross on the cornerstones. Once I've finished the sashing then I will think about how to quilt the blocks, at this stage I think it will be more straight-line quilting with perhaps some hand quilting on some of the blocks.