I took the plunge and basted the t-shirt quilt. This was the first time I used floor space in this house to tape the backing to the ground and get the layers centred by myself. It actually worked pretty well! I did spray baste but I knew that this super heavy quilt would need a bit more than that. I added curved safety pins along the sashing on each side of the blocks for a little extra security. I didn't get any puckers on the back and other than having to kneel on the floor, the whole process wasn't bad at all.
I started the quilting on my Horizon 7700 with a straight stitch 1/4" on each side of the sashing. I was inspired by the stitching on our sofa and I picked a dark grey thread. I think it looks really good and also stabilizes the 30 block quilt. Because the blocks themselves are 12" square I still need to add some more quilting within them. Warm & Natural requires quilting 10" apart to keep it from shifting so I think a wee bit of free motion quilting should do the trick.
That is the next step in the process and I know it will be challenging. This quilt is a beast, in dimension and weight, and I'm sure it will be heavy to move under the needle. I am planning on using some fun designs in each block - including the mini circle ruler to create some awesome texture. Some outlining will take care of the larger motif t-shirt emblems but I think I will have to switch out my thread colours to do that. For the walking foot quilting I used black in the bobbin and the grey on top and I didn't have any tension issues. Free motion quilting might make a difference to that practice but I'm hoping I can get the stitches looking balanced. My kids are anxious to have this quilt finished so that inspires me to get it done.