My friend, Dotty, knows her quilt top dimensions. I can't remember them for the life of me. This is what she told me when she stopped by this morning: 78 x 96 is like a queen sized comforter. Or twin bedspread. As in all the way to the floor.
It is impossible to spray baste a quilt this size without a nice patio. And a sunny morning. And definitely an able and willing assistant (who incidentally also made me a fabulous breakfast before we started the basting):
This is a lot of quilt to wrangle through the 9" space of my domestic machine. And bike clips don't stay on very well. And they make a lot of noise when they hit a wood floor. Clang...clang...
Some pleats are great, especially when feeding the quilt through for quilting.
Some pleats? Not so much. Oops. Took six lines of vertical stitching out and decided to add more horizontal stitching instead.
The biggest thing I learned this weekend was how much I adore this quilt (solid fabrics--awesomeness!), the mommy who chose the pattern and took all the time to cut, organize, sew (and allowed me in on the project too), and the little boy who will be wrapped up in it!