You may recall my post on January 24th about this book, Australian Spirit. Well.....I'll continue where I left off there....
As I mentioned in the earlier post, this book belongs to Waldo. She and I were both excited when we saw this pattern by Terrie Kralik, Moose Country Quilts. The "Sacred Orb" pattern is exactly what I needed to solve my latest puzzle. What puzzle is that you ask? I thought you would!
A gal from Marketplace India had contacted the Black Swamp Quilt Guild's President and inquired if there were any people interested in making some quilts for them as a charity project. Naturally I raised my hand and agreed to make one. We were given clothing and fabrics and had to cut them to make a 48 x 48 quilt. I took one look at all the fabrics and went blank.....what am I going to do with these I thought. Then Rosemary remembered her book, Australian Spirit, and we were off and running.
Here is my version of Terrie's Quilt Pattern, "Sacred Orb."
Australian Spirit book as well. Thank you Terrie!!!
After I finished the top I had to sandwich the quilt for quilting. I had read about Pinmoor but had not yet tried them.....so what a great opportunity right?
Pinmoors are little silicone stoppers that go on the end of your straight pins when basting a quilt. I'm a skeptic so the first time I saw them I thought....oh....little pencil erasers. I was quite surprised when I used them that they are not like erasers at all. They are soft enough to push your pin into without being so tough it will dull your pins (which I'm not going to have that happen to MY pins....I love my pins).
This is how they work and below is how they look when you baste the top of your quilt.
I like the Pinmoors and think they definitely provide a easier way to baste if you like using pins to baste. There are a few important cautions I think you need to consider. First, they are brightly colored and could be attractive to young children....a choking hazard. Same goes for small pets but they are great choking hazards for Pests.
The other thing I noticed was that if I was not paying attention (which happens to me all the time) you might push the pin through the Pinmoor and into your finger (yes it happened to me....but then I wised up). Pinmoors are non-toxic which is a great thing and even better, they are made in the USA. There are 50 to a package and that was enough to baste this 48 x 48 quilt top.
Now, on to the free motion quilting....I need all the positive energy and support I can get....send the vibes this way...please :)
If your guild or group is interested in more information about the Marketplace India Charity Quilting you can contact Shanti Freitas at firstname.lastname@example.org.