Sunday, August 4, 2013

Time for Basting!

     This weekend found me tearing out the dead parts of our vegetable garden and watching another one of my kids pack up and prepare to leave. Needless to say, I have been very distracted lately with little attention to the things I enjoy- like quilting. Time to set aside the crazy and get down to business. We have a quilt to prepare.
      First things first. One the quilt top is complete, batting and backing chosen, the task of ironing must be done. I dislike ironing with great disdain, yet, it is necessary here. Previously I mentioned never starching a quilt set for hand quilting. I tried it and it worked just fine, so starch if you feel the need; it won't hurt either way. Ironing aside, tumble the batting in your dryer a few minutes on a light or air setting to shake the creases out.
      After the video I realized there was a nasty crease in the back, so I had to take pins out and do it over again. It happens to all of us, so don't be discouraged if it happens to you. I will post the previous video on basting just in case anyone needs a review. I'm off to plan the quilt design...let's go baste!


  1. I have a question. How many pins or stitches should we do? You show starting in the middle and working towards yourself but so we then move over a bit and do it again?

  2. I use a lot of pins..spaced about four inches from each other. It's a matter of personal preference. The purpose of the pins is to prevent shifting of the layers while you quilt.
    Sorry it is unclear, but yes I do move over and do it again. The entire quilt will be pinned radiating from the center outward to the edges.
    Hope this helps!

    1. Yes that helps, thank you. That is what I thought but I wanted to make sure before I did it. Thanks again for your help.


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