First, the down.
I reeeeeeeally don't like pinning quilts.
Like, really really.
I'm more of a "sitting on a chair" sort of person, less of a "sitting on the floor" kind of person. And because I don't like crawling around on my hand & knees in some seriously uncomfortable - not to mention undignified - positions, AND because this is one of the biggest quilts I've made in a while (about 80" x 86") I procrastinated getting this pinning job done.
Last time I mentioned my averison to pinning a few of you extoled the virtues of spray-basting. I do use spray-basting for little projects. But for big quilts like this, I'm cheap. And that stuff is expensive. For me, one can of spray is about the same price as a yard of fabric.
(Plus almost all the windows in my house were nailed/painted shut by the previous owners and I can't "air out" the fumes very well.)
So I suffer for my craft. ;)
But on the up side - and totally unrelated to pinning - I found a way to use my precious strips of scrap gold ...
I sewed them into the quilt!
Although I'd like to think I would have come up with this cool idea all on my own, I can't take all the credit. This quilt is Amanda Jean's design and she gives a few "freestyling" suggestions for this pattern, like this.
I just scattered them across the quilt here and there as little surprises.
They're so small you don't even notice them really unless you're looking for them.
Freaking LOVE them!!! :)