The next step towards getting this quilt done is sewing down the swan and ballerina.
First, I have to figure out exactly where they are going to go on the background and make sure they look straight.
Then, I pin them down. I used to baste everything down at this step and it took forever and wore my fingers out. Now, I just use a lot of pins and I am able to accomplish the same thing.
I also used to pull all the stabilizer out and I don't do that anymore - except where there is a fairly large piece of it. When I do the thread painting over it I have found that having the stabilizer in there helps make the thread go down better, so I just leave it in. It's not like anyone is going to be sleeping under them anyhow. When I make them for a bed, I do pull the stabilizer out, but I seldom make bed sized quilts anymore.
I must have cussed at least a dozen times when sewing down the swan and ballerina as I kept poking myself with all the pins. No pain, no gain, right? What's quilting without a little blood anyhow?
With that step done, I'm off to do the thread work on the wings and tutu!