Sandwiches for Five

It took most of the day yesterday, but I managed to sandwich five finished quilt tops for quilting. Yahoo! And, let me tell you, my new quilt sandwiching station worked great! I'm so happy about this.

It's just two plywood sheets supported by four sawhorses. The plywood sheets are 4 x 8 feet, giving me a work surface of 8 x 8 feet. Mike got the good quality plywood that was sanded smooth, so no splinters or rough sections. I pulled the quilts to one corner to make it easier to reach across and then clamped them on two sides with bicycle clamps. I used blue painters tape on the other two sides. 

The one problem I had was that I couldn't reach all the way to the far bottom corner of the quilt to smooth it out. The easy work-around for that was to smooth what I could reach, and then unclamp and pull the quilt toward me to do the rest.

With spray basting, I always smooth out the back side too.

And then I was on to the next quilt.

And the next.

And the next.

The one above needed a back cut to size. I used the same fabric on the back as I did for the borders. The one below needed a back pieced together. I'm using this sort of vintage star fabric for the back of Mumm's the Word.

And there they are! Five quilts stacked up for quilting! It's like having a full gas tank. Or money in the bank. Or food in the pantry. Or an empty laundry hamper.

It makes me feel like SUPER QUILTER!!!!

 Yeah, that's an Amy Bradley pattern. Cute, huh? And there's a good reason for feeling like Super Quilter. I got all my steps running up and downstairs from the garage to the sewing room. (Polishes fingernails on shirt.)

Not only that...32 floors and nine out of nine hours with 250 steps or more. That last one is surprisingly hard to do. There oughta be some kind of medal for that.

So that was my day yesterday...oh yes, and I actually did have an empty laundry hamper by day's end too.

Today I need to pick up some eggs from our CSA farmers. The onslaught of CSA veggies starts next week. (Cue shark music from Jaws.) I don't have to worry about that yet, but today I'll make my last grocery shop where I'm not planning around CSA veggies. So sandwiching quilts, laundry, and grocery shopping doesn't make for very exciting blog content, but I do have some more quilts from the quilt show for you. 

When I saw this row of roosters, I knew Ann Shaw had been teaching a class. This rooster is available in a pattern.

She also teaches this leaf class. Some of my classmates in Vancouver had taken this class. It would have been a better place to start.

And then there was this quilt that came from the same "Designing from Nature" class that I took.

And you know I can't pass by a cat quilt without taking a picture.

Here's a quilt I might have to make for the Beaver Believers in our family.

Although I don't know why anyone would want to make a Duck.

To be clear, we're on the Oregon State side of the Civil War.

I like how the windows in this next quilt look as if they're lit from within.

This quilt caught my eye. It would be a good way to use scraps.

So I still have more quilts to show you tomorrow. And now it's time to get on with today. The weather is lovely...a good day to visit the farm. I hope you have a good day too.

11 comments from clever and witty friends:

beaquilter said...

great job! and fun quilts.

Lyndsey said...

What a great quilt sandwiching station. Definitely much better than crawling around the floor! Such beautiful quilts as well. I'm looking forward to see how you quilt them.

Richard Healey said...

That is pretty great to get 5 quilts ready to quilt. I got 4 bindings cut and sewed together before work thought I was doing good have me beat.

Vicki Price said...

I highly recommend the sawhorse-and-plywood method to every spray baster! So fast and easy. This is the method I've used to baste quilts for a few years now. I can't imagine going back to pin basting on the floor (my knees hurt just thinking about it!).

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congrats on the 5 quilt sandwiches! Glad the new method worked for you.

Dana Gaffney said...

I was wondering how you were going to reach across the quilts. Sandwiching is one of the reasons I like to stick with baby quilts, so much easier.

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow - way to go!!! I know that has to feel so good to have that done and the quilts ready for quilting. I always avoid the sandwiching part. Glad you found a new method that works so well for you!

Rosa said...

Congrats,anyone is stunning and sandwiching is my less favorite part of quilting because I have to go to the floor and and knees cry.

Jenny - the lilac cat said...

The table is such a great idea. I keep trying to remember to get some large bull dog clips to help on the much smaller table I use. It's the one quilting task I truly dislike....
I see your Adirondack chairs quilt in there. I've been following along so impressed by your determination combined with skill to master such a complex process but with such great effect. It will be a wonderful momento of a special holiday and using 2 chairs so symbolic.

(I fear I've been an unaware 'no reply blogger' for a while. I swear I reset this to be a reply blogger and it has magically forgot those settings. But I've redone it and hope it works this time but having little faith in these matters I'm thelilaccat(at)yahoo.com)

quiltzyx said...

Five sandwiches in ONE DAY! Wow - you must have been very full by the time you finished....
Very cool Feather quilt - that's my fave of this bunch.
Looking forward to seeing your CSA creations this time. You are so good at eating your vegetables. :)

Kate said...

You were really busy with those quilt sandwiches. Looks like lots of finishes in your future. I really like those chairs, your art piece turned out beautifully. Though to be honest, I like all your pending projects. You've made some fun stuff lately.