The Sparkler Mini Quilt was the first quilt that I needed to baste in order to quilt while traveling in Wabi-Sabi Overland. The entire habitat / living environment is 75 square feet and much of the floor space is taken up by the bed, kitchen, entry, bathroom space, and dinette. There really just isn’t a very large flat surface anywhere… so it was time to get a bit creative. Thankfully I only needed about 26 square inches for this particular quilt.
To secure the backing, I opted to span across one dinette seat for the backing. A little bit of tape helped secure all the edges and keep everything flat and taught.
I gently laid out the batting on top of the backing. When I needed to smooth areas over the unsupported span above the dinette seat, I would reach one hand to press from underneath to make sure I had things smooth on both sides (and to also keep myself from pressing so hard that I untaped the secured backing fabric).
For a 24-inch square mini quilt, I normally would not use this many pins, but I wasn’t sure about my basting technique and I also knew that I would be folding this mini quilt up to stow away for days at a time. So I opted for lots of pins to have peace of mind when I had time to quilt.
Once the Sparkler Mini Quilt was basted, I taped it to the forward wall of the habitat so I could sit on the bed (about 6-7 feet away) to look at it and think about how I wanted to quilt it.
When it’s time to set up to quilt, my machine and the extension table take up pretty much the entire surface of our dinette table. Thankfully, my husband has claimed the bed as his work / hang out space, but I have to admit that fabrics end up strewn over the bed surface when I’m working, too.
You might be wondering about the extension table for the Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118. Because my Juki did not work with the power system in the truck, when I had to purchase the 118 one of the items I considered buying was an extension table. Looking at the quality of the extension table that was available and the price, my husband offered to custom make the extension table for me. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for how to make a custom extension table on Friday.
I will say that learning to quilt starting with the walking foot on my 118 has had a learning curve. Everything from making sure that I put the bobbin in the right way (duh) to getting the presser foot pressure correct, to burying lots of thread ends because of the design I chose.
I’m thinking that should I need to baste something larger in the future that I will need to borrow floor or table space from places like libraries or other public spaces during our travels. Maybe there will even be a conveniently located quilt shop that might let me spend a few minutes basting along the way; who knows!
What living in this small space has meant for my quilting is that I am moving slower and enjoying the process more. My Clover mini iron (not an affiliate link) works well, but works best when I can press a seam and let it warm up again before pressing the next. Chain piecing still works, but I need to iron / trim / iron / trim, or iron / wait / iron / wait. Given the beautiful views out the window or the fun audio books that my husband and I are listening to together, it’s all working out rather well, if I do say so myself!