" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4

Friday, February 14, 2014

New possibilities

I found a new way to baste my quilties.

I made a trip to the hardware store, before the rain started....yikes, more precip!.....and I purchased a 4 x 8 foot sheet of foam core board.
I had the man cut it in half for me so that I could get more use out of it.  I would love to be able to mount two full sheets on my sewing room wall, covered in flannel, to be used as a design wall.  But that's just not going to happen here.  My ceilings are an unbelievable 6 1/2  to  7 feet low high.  So, instead, I hope to mount one 4 x 4 ft section on the wall near the machine, and I found a wonderful use for the second piece.

It turns out that this 48-inch-square piece is a great size for basting baby quilts !
I pieced together several leftover pieces of batting and cleared off my cutting table.
 The coreboard has plastic on one side (over foam), and foil on the other side.  So, I just turned the foil side up, and taped the backing to it.  Obviously, I added the batting and top, and then I used my curved needle to threadbaste the quilt.  It is a bit aggravating that the needle continually wants to pierce the foil, but after a bit of trying, you get the 'feel' of it, and can readily baste the entire piece.  I lay it on top of my cutting table, and kept rotating it with each row I basted........it was a great back saver over using the floor, or even my basting frames.

The back is one that I made last night.

 I kept searching my stash for a suitable one-yard piece, and couldn't find anything  modern enough to match the dandelions and the solids.  But I happened upon these teal-blue remnant pieces that were sent to me by Jodie Ann, probably leftover from the backing of one of her own quilts.  I decided to do a little more piece-work to add some interest and make the odd sized pieces work.   I am very pleased with the results.  Thanks, as always, Jodie !

So, this one is ready to begin quilting, and I think that I'll do it by hand, if I can just get enough light coming over my left shoulder to be able to see.   it's been SO LONG since I did any real amount of hand-quilting, but there's just nothing else to compare to the look or feel of it, in my opinion.

After just a couple of generic Tylenol tablets yesterday, hubby is pretty much back to his old self.......praise God for our healing in Jesus' name !   I went and bought the hubs a little valentine....not concerned that he wasn't able to get out and get me one.  I told him I'll shop tomorrow's sales and do twice as well !  Ha !

1 comment:

  1. Rejoicing with you on the healing! You two have had a long haul with physical ailments and challenges! Love the basting board idea!


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