Now for a little spring!

I have been trying to decide what to do next since I finished the fruit basket quilt.  What I finally decided on is this.


It makes me feel like spring!  I love the colors and fabrics….the block has many names one of them is “basket of lilies”  that also says spring to me.  After all this snow and cold we have had this winter I am so ready for some sun and warm weather!

In this one I think the flowers look like Alstromeria


The top is all hand pieced and it is fairly large at 88″ square. 

I have it all basted and ready to start quilting.

First I pin the backing fabric to the floor nice and tight.   I use push pins to do this but if you don’t want to harm you floor you can use masking tape.

Next I lay out the batting and smooth out all the wrinkles.

In this case I am using Natures Touch Batting.

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Next Put the top down and smooth it out as much as you can

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here are the three layers

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The thing with hand pieced vintage tops like this (this one for the 30’s I believe) is that they rarely ever are perfectly flat so you wont be able to get out all the wrinkles and puckers.

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If you look at the triangles along the edges you can see some serious wrinkles!   The cause of this is that they are cut with bias on the outside edge.  This causes a lot of stretch and they get distorted when they are sewn in.  I will have to fix that, but that will happen when I am ready to quilt one of those areas.  I will do a post about how to fix it as soon as I get there.

I hate to baste a quilt with thread!   I use safety pins…and not that nay of them.  These blocks are 18 inches square and I wont use any pins in the blocks themselves I will only pin the sashing

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Those puckered setting triangles look pretty bad now but when I finish you wont ever notice there was a problem.

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I love ll the fabrics in this (click to enlarge)

It is all set to begin the hand quilting….once I get it into the hoop I will decide how I want to quilt it.  More often than not I don’t plan the quilting I just do it….

In my last post I showed how I did the binding on the fruit basket quilt.  I failed to show a corner so here it is.

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I did not miter, I just folded the end in and overlapped…then stitched it down…I hope that makes sense.

Happy Quilting!!


25 thoughts on “Now for a little spring!

  1. Florence McConnell says:

    Thanks for the comments on puckers! I just got down to the border for quilting on a quilt I made and found one border has a pucker and I was struggling with the thought of removing the border for a redo….BUT now I think I will just smooth it out, pin and give it a go!

  2. audrey says:

    What a beautiful quilt top! Always enjoy watching you work your magic on these abandoned quilts.:)

    • timquilts says:

      thanks Audrey!!…I have had this one for at least 3 years and now is the time to finish it….I just never know when the mood will hit and a top will be ready to match that mood

  3. katechiconi says:

    A lovely fresh quilt to encourage spring to arrive. I can’t wait to see how you deal with those stretched edges.

    • timquilts says:

      I do hope that spring isn’t far away!!….
      it will be a while before I get to thse stretched edges because I always start quilting in the center and work out to the edges

  4. Sara says:

    Very nice quilt, can’t wait to see what you do with it, or rather how you quilt it! I think I have feed sacks of all those prints in the flowers, such need fabrics! The solids are awesome and I keep trying to find good ones that mimic those old solids.
    Don’t you think that in a 100 years from now, whoever lives in your house will wonder what all those push pin marks are from on the wood floor of your house? Just wondering…..:)

    • timquilts says:

      Hahaha….the floors are so old ( 120 years now…that the pin holes are nearly impossible to see…..

      you are right about the solids…I would love to be able to find a lot of yardage of it….particularly the Green!!

  5. carla bynum says:

    Hi!!!! I am so ready for spring!!!!! Lovely flowers for a cloudy day!!!! Thanks for the beauty!!!! It won’t be long till spring now!!!! I will be back to see your wonderful quilting!!!!!

  6. dljolin says:

    Thank you once again Tim for all the detailed explanation of how you do things. Especially this step-by-step (along with great pictures) of how you baste your pieces! Always learning something new from you even though I’ve been doing this a long time. I especially loved your pinning in just the sashing. Great idea. Gets the job done but not a lot to remove as you go. Curious to see how you quilt this one.
    So do enjoy your posts……..

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks!…glad that you are following and getting some ideas from it!!…I get the most enjoyment out of sharing 🙂
      The reason I do the pinning to the floor thing is that most of the quilts are do are less than flat….the vintage and antiques are usually a bit off….when I baste them I need to see the entire top flat and work very carefully to smooth out the wrinkles …sometimes smoothing in direction and then another in order to get the best result….some people do it on a table and wind it up on a board as they go , but that way I cant see the entire top and may end up with more wrinkles than I do my way……and Im a big fan of using only as many pins as it takes to hold the layers together….sometimes I do use even less than I did on this one…but that is usually one that has a very flat top and doesnt need as much help to be flat

      • dljolin says:

        This is great information too. Thank you again. What kind/brand of pins do you use? I have found over the years that with the better quality of batting, you are right saying sometimes little to no pinning is necessary. I agree-less is more. Agree with your comments about vintage tops being a little ‘wonky’ sometimes and do the same things smoothing, etc. I do hope you share details/pictures of how you treat the side triangles.
        Just curious, do you ever do trunk shows or lectures. What a gift it would be to spend a day exchanging ideas with you …..and Teddy of course. 🙂

      • timquilts says:

        these are the pins I use
        I will definately do a blog post with lots of pictures when I get to those side triangles…
        Trunk shows….yes I do….I do a combination of power point and and actual quilts…the slides show some of the progress of the quilt….repair…etc…then into the quilting and then I show the finished quilt….Here is a link to the trunk show info

  7. sandy says:

    Tim, I’m hand quilting a quilt I pieced with a black background. I’m having so much trouble with the batting poking through with my needle. I don’t know if it’s done that every time I’ve hand quilted, and I’m only noticing it now with the black background.

    I’m using Warm and Natural, 100% cotton. Can the batting be basted to the top and back upside down? Seems like I’m remembering a little tidbit about that causing the batting to poke through to the top, but I can’t remember any other details.

    Have you ever had this happen to you?

    • timquilts says:

      I have had that problem with black fabric…it is very frustrating!!…..they do now make black batting Hobb’s 80/20….but since you have already started it is too late for that….2 things that will help you 1. wax your thread …slide the thread across a beeswax before you thread your needle….the wax will help the thread slide through without catching the fibers and pulling them through….2. fabric softener….take a few fabric softener dryer sheets and soak them in a cup or so of water….then put the water into a spray bottle….spray it on the quilt top in the area you want to quilt and let it dry…then quilt….sometimes it is static electricity that makes the batting fibers attach to the thread and the fabric softener will help prevent that…..I fing that either way right side up or down it will still do that on some fabrics…so I don’t think it matters what side you use as up on the batting. and yes I believe this happens on other colors as well and we just dont notice because the contrast in color is not as great….it has happened to me on black, and navy blue and forest green.
      I hope that helps…and good luck!!

  8. sandy says:

    Thanks Tim, this is the first black I’ve ever hand quilted. I’ve got both beeswax and fabric softener in the house, so I’ll try them both.

  9. Carolanne says:

    Its nice to go with the Seasons. Lovely quilt top and a big thank you for the step by step explanation of your methods.

  10. Suzanne says:

    Thanks I will definitely try this for the next binding. It looks and finishes up great. Super time saver.

  11. […] before Spring is over so back to work. ( I started this one last month, you can see that post here […]

  12. […] I started hand quilting this quilt on March 5 (see that post here […]


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