Last night we moved the table out of the dining room so I could lay out the quilt to put all the layers together. Who was the one who thought it was a good idea to make my first quilt be so BIG? Oh right. Me.
In case you get the idea to embark upon a quilt making adventure here are some things I learned today. It takes way more safety pins than you think it will to keep all the layers together. Grocery stores do carry safety pins if you happen to go to Super Target at 7am to get some and discover they don't open until 8am. You will have to buy about 4 boxes of the mixed sizes though because they don't have any packs of just the big ones. Grocery store safety pins are a little on the dull side.
Stitiching in the ditch is way harder than you might think when you are trying to guide an industrial sized quilt through your machine.
And yes, if I would have waited until the safety pin store was open, and if I would have went to the Bernina store and had them show me how to put on (and use) my walking foot, and if I would have had any one of the 3 people I know who are excellent quilters help me, this would have been much easier. But what fun would that be?
I am the exact same kind of quilter as I am a sketcher. Highly enthusiastic. Poorly trained. Loving every minute of the process.