Friday, January 18, 2008

Assume the Position

Oh my, NOT a pretty picture! If you quilt your own projects then you know about this position for sandwiching your quilt. I use a bit of spray baste, then pin. First, move the furniture, then think ahead to make sure all my equipment is down there on the floor with me. Heaven help me if the job requires getting up and down more than once. I'm getting too crotchety to be doing this. I can hear my knees cracking, groaning, and when it's all over, persuading my body parts to get back into their working order takes some encouragement.

I DO have a great table but it's not large enough for a large quilt. I've considered something large in the garage that drops down from the ceiling, but hey, it's ZERO out there right now. Hand or machine quilting - not decided yet.

On the plus side, how many calories do you think this uses?

I HAVE learned NOT to attempt this job after having a full meal.


Quilt Guild tomorrow - yeah! Then back to my Strips that Sizzle project.

15 comments:

meggie said...

Elaine I adore that photo!! How brave you are to post it.
I learnt to do my basting on a small table. Kerryn Emmerson, Quilting Twin, posted about how to do it in one of her posts. Have a look back for it if you have time. My needs-replacing-knee just does not allow me to get on the floor at all, now!

Lindah said...

:) I envy you being able to do that. I gave up the floor thing when I was a whole sight younger than I am now.

Jeanne said...

Elaine, I'm not sure I could even do that anymore. Good for you!

Gail said...

You go girl! How brave, and a good sport as well.

Morah said...

OMGOodness you make me laugh! If DH took that picture I bet he was cackling the whole time! Looks like an angle my DH would love to memorialize! You could like of it as cheap Yoga....

atet said...

Hehehehe -- I think I've been in that position more than once. My table isn't really big enough for even a medium sized quilt. Anything larger than twin -- let's just say I'm sending it out!

Owens Family Adventures said...

YOU STILL GOT IT!!!! heeheeheehhee You are so awesome for posting the picture!!! :) I too get on my hands and knees to baste my quilts. Sheesh, you'd think we could hire someone out there to come and do it for us...hmmmmmm maybe a cutie named Rico hmmmm in a speedo. giggle giggle giggle
dawn

Canquilt said...

great sense of humor to post a photo like that. That is the side we are all usually dodging when it comes to photos. A bunch of self confidence and sense of humor. Congratualations!

Nadine said...

LOL LOL You gave me a nice giggle, Helen ! You are sooo funny ! I'm just trying to imagine myself, when doing this : OMG OMG !

Big ((HUGS)) & smiles to you !
NADINE
(and thanks for ylour kind comment on my blog.... want some music too ? Just tell me and I'll explain how to)

Joyce said...

Great photo! Lol. That's one of the main reasons I love my new machine quilting frame.

pudge's girl said...

Good for you. My quote for the 2008 are is "done first is not necessarily done best". Posting that picture, priceless. I knew that must be what we looked like but you have confirmed it. Lovely quilt. Mary

Tanya said...

Yep, I was doing that not too long ago to with the When-oh-When. I had to remind myself that I LOVE patchwork but anyone overhearing me grumble wouldn't have believed me.

Twila Grace said...

What a picture! Reminds me of sandwiching my latest T shirt quilt on the floor of my uncle's basement. He has tiled floor, so it has nice straight lines with which to line up the fabric. But wow, did my knees hurt when I was finished!

anne bebbington said...

Your pinning rear view photo made me howl with laughter - now I know why my husband makes fun of me when I do this task (and believe me girl my beam is wider than yours) wouldn't it be great to have a visit (or lots) from the Sandwiching Fairy and save all that undignified scrabbling about on the floor

The Quilter said...

You deserve a medal! I hardly let my face be photographed, much less my ---! Seriously, the lady at my local longarm shop has offered me use of their LARGE table in the back room to baste quilts and I just may take her up on it. (They have made enough money off me to do me a favor - LOL!) Perhaps there is one in your area you could use - or a local quilt shop with a classroom.