Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Baptist Fans quilting designs seem to have eluded me -- perhaps I was trying too hard, and perhaps "free form" is more my style. I was just fooling around, aiming in that direction and look what happened! Something clicked and I finally had the lines and directions. I LIKE it! My version needs to stay small to fit in my working space (9 inches)on my machine. I still need more practice but it's possible now. (Funny about that "practice" thing!) This will make a great textured background.
I basted this big Double Delight outside, in the garage. Frankly, it's kinda nice out there. This quilt is 86" x 104" - definitely a chore. It took me about 1 hr. 45 minutes. I've posted my set-up before, but there are always new people dropping by this blog. No more on-the-floor-knee issues, or cramped space issues. I WILL have snow and cold issues in a few weeks but for now, it works wonderfully. The PVC pipes were a simple solution to raise the table. It takes 5 minutes to set them up, or take them down. Tables were $114.00 for two and great for other projects or picnics as well. Each measures 30" x 72". I've used them for quilt basting at least 10 times. Radio is on, lawn chairs are available, birds singing, etc.

13 comments:

aubirdwoman said...

fabulous inspiring as always :)
I was lucky enough (well I said it was that or nothing) to be given for my 40th birthday a waist high cutting table, ends fold out.
keep well looks like you know when to 'hold um know when to fold um'
keep well. Summer approaching for us.

Purple Pam said...

Since you have that great clear space in the garage, why not use it. Someone in our guild shared the idea of the PVC pipe to raise a table height. Also, a friend of mine bought bed risers, and they work the same way as the PVC pipe. I love your quilt!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Since you have such a great set up for pin basting, can I send a few of mine your way?

Quilts And Pieces said...

Very cool! Oh and I got the Nickel border book today!

Lurline said...

Oh, so much work ahead, Elaine - hope you get some quiet time to get it done - should be beautiful!
Hugs - Lurline♥

LC said...

Love your quilt, even better, love those fans. Thanks for sharing them. We have similar brains (oooh, scarey) and I like the free-style of these much better than the formal and traditional. Go, girl!

SandyQuilts said...

My quilt studio is IN a double garage complete with commerical in/outdoor carpet, air conditioning and heat. I love it.

But back to business. Baptist fans aren't they great. If you know Mary she does freehand ones. If you're interested check out
http://blog.maryquilts.com/how-tos/

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I was hoping that you would put a diagram of your baptist fans on - and you did! This definitely looks like something that I can do! I might try it soon. I will be basting several smaller quilts in the garage this coming week, so we shall see!

belinda said...

Oh...Oh...Oh......I knew this...maybe from you earlier....bit I forgot....thanks for re-posting it. I have one table already...just need to get another on....and I have plenty of PVC laying around!!!
Baptist Fans rock!!!

Karen (Misiz C) said...

I have yet to quilt my Double Delight too. I like "traditional" quilting patterns for Bonnie's quilts... gives them an old fashion look. I've seen Mary Johnson's freehand BFs but have been afraid to give it a try. I love yours too....kinda like BF McTavishing. :-) Guess it's time to get the white board out and doodle. Can't wait to see your finished quilt!

Angie said...

Thanks, Elaine, for sharing your setup for basting with us again. I am making notes this time--have everything but the tables--will purchase two of those. :)

Joyce said...

The fans look great. I'll have to do some practising too. I have one of those tables and it's in constant use around here.

Morah said...

The baptist fan free motion eluded me also...for many years. One day I saw a quilting video featuring another technique and viola'! It clicked. I can't imagine what took me so long to understand it! It is my fav. quilting pattern. I really prefer the true baptist fan but am willing to settle for the free motion one it is more my style....not necessarily consistent or accurate!! LOL!! Love the quilt!