What I didn’t mention in that post is how un-flat the top really is. There are a lot of bumps and puckers in the piecing and it takes a different approach to “quilt it out”
Here is what I have done so far.
If you look closer you can see some of the issues
I have my own way to deal with this. I like to take care of it in the quilting rather than try to make the top perfect. It is a vintage top and I really don’t want to make any big changes to it.
The first thing that is important is NOT to baste it very heavily which is probably contrary to what most people will tell you. I put in very few pins to hold it together because I want to readjust the backing every time I move the hoop. I start in the center and put the quilt in the hoop and then take out the pins that are in the hooped area, then I tighten up the backing separately from the top, from the back of the hoop then from the top I pull and tug the top in several direction to try to get the hooped area to be “flatish” it wont ever be perfect but I can manipulate it block at a time and get it pretty close. When I have it how I want it I will sometimes add some pins to keep it in place as a quilt.
The results are pretty good
I am not trying for perfection here. This is not intended to be anything more than a pretty quilt that is warm and useable…its not headed to a show and the quilt police will no have to worry about it so if I cant get out all the puckers I an not going to worry about it.
If you look at the back you can see how loosely the layers are pin basted together
No need to be scared of it, just work from the center out to the edges and you wont get any puckers in the backing even if you cant get them all out of the front.
Sometimes having the quilt inspector sit in it helps to press out the bumps.
I have a lot of quilting to go on this but I think I am going to like it!