Thursday, October 4, 2012
Not a Lost Art . . .
. . .but a disappearing one---thread basting. In the old days (here I go again!) before basting spray, long arms, and safety pinning, our only options were thread basting either in a grid or in radiating lines. My, what a division of opinions that caused! Then the discovery of using extra long basting needles speeded things up a bit. And for a short while, the tacking gun! We've come a long way since.
However, I am delighted to find a few quilters still use traditional methods and do wonderful work. My Japanese friend Eri is basting this Indigo panel she brought from her home country. The care and respect she puts into everything she makes is inspiring. She also makes delicate quilted jewelry and gorgeous Origami ornaments. She is camera shy, so you will have to take my word that she has a beautiful smile as well!