I started hand quilting another quilt. I made the top with vintage fan blocks a while ago. see the post here ( https://timquilts.com/2013/03/10/fan-blocks-become-a-quilt-top/).
It has been a while since I have shown how I layer and baste a quilt so for the newer followers here is how I do it.
First I need a space big enough to lay out the quilt on the floor. Fortunately If I move the furniture around I have space in my quilt room. I start by laying down the backing on the floor, face down and pin it to the floor ( I use thumb tacks) I have also done it with masking tape and if you are concerned about your floor that is probably a lot safer.
After the backing is pinned down I spread out the batting. I am using Nature’s Touch batting. It is my new favorite cotton batting, east to quilt and not too thin…I like a bit of heft and loft. Some of the battings that I have tried are so thin that it feels like I am quilting without batting….
So I layer the batting on top of the backing
I have some wrinkles to smooth out here ( its worth the time it takes to get it very smooth). After I have that all flat I put down the top and again spend a lot of time smoothing out all the wrinkles (lots of time on hands and knees)
Then I pin it together with safety pins…I don’t use nearly as many pins as some people do but use what works for you…..it wont hurt to have too many pins
Next I trim off the excess batting and backing….I like about 4 or more inches of extra backing and batting fabric beyond the edge of the top because it helps when quilting the edges to have that extra so there is something to get into the hoop.
Here is the backing fabric that I trimmed off and will be used in another project some day ( I could have measured carefully and bought less fabric but I had this fabric in my supply so I didn’t worry about it)
Then I unpin it from the floor and fold it up and I am ready to get quilting
I am quilting this in my 22″ quilting hoop on a stand. I am using a John James #11 between needle ( I do not like the John James needles that are labeled as quilting needles they are thinner and weaker and bend….look for the ones labeled as betweens). I am using YLI Hand quilting thread. I have a 1000 yard spool of white that I think will be just about right to do the entire quilt. ( I have plenty more if 1000 is not enough)
I am not doing any marking on this….just quilting by eye which for me is so much more relaxing!
I will be working on this on and off (I think) and also the whole cloth quilt and some others….I will post pictures as it develops. I also Have a special Double wedding ring piecing project to work on that I will write about soon….
As always I am being well supervised