It's finally spring here in Wisconsin. It's harder to find time to sew in spring and summer, because there are so many things to do in the house and garden. I've done a little spring cleaning in the house (besides the sewing room), and I'm working on problems with the main bathroom upstairs. The sequential vortex strikes again! Fixing a leaking toilet has turned into getting new vinyl and a new sub-floor, plus a new toilet to replace the 1970s blue one, and on and on.
In my small garden, the potatoes are planted and two rows of peas are up. I always want to jump for joy when I see those first new seedlings. I have LOTS of work I should be doing outside.
I do have time in the evening to sew, if I'm not too tired. Sunday night I got my newest quilt ready for quilting.
Just a word about basting spray--I am really torn about using it. It is wonderfully convenient, and saves me so much time. I absolutely hate pinning quilts. It's hard on my hands, and the pins always seem to be in the way. The quilt shifts more when pinned than when spray basted, too. On the other hand, the spray is expensive, I'm not sure I should be breathing it, and I'm concerned about the affects on the environment. Right now I'm using it, but I'm thinking about alternatives. (One thing I will NOT be doing is getting a long arm machine, even though you don't have to baste when using one!)
If at all possible, I like to leave everything ready to go for the next time, with the needle in the quilt. Then all I have to do the next time is sit down and get to work!
Got any ideas for basting quilts? Leave a comment!