One of my goals for 2015 is to be more complete in my posts. Sometimes I show pictures and don’t describe the why and how enough.
With that in mind here is a description of basting a quilt for hand quilting.
A few weeks back I was given a gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics for my Birthday. I always need batting so I went to their web site and saw what was on sale.
I bought Pellon Natures Touch queen sized and got it for $17.99 it is $34.99 regular price.
I have used it before and I like it. I am not a fan of the very thin cotton batting than is used by many hand quilters. I feel like it doesn’t have enough loft to show off the quilting. I have used many different brands and this is a favorite and the price was right.
I start by pinning the backing to the floor face down (if you don’t want to ruin your floor painters tape works fine).
This fabric is 108″ wide so it is a bit bunched up on the right side, If I had a wider quilt I would need to move the couch to be able to smooth it out more.
I washed and dried the fabric first. Several reasons to prewash. Even the best quality cotton fabric will shrink and I want the shrinking to happen before I quilt it. Even the best quality fabrics can bleed in the wash, I want that to happen before it is quilted. Washing and drying makes the fabric much easier to hand quilt. Fabric is treated with sizing (Sizing or size is any one of numerous specific substances that is applied to or incorporated in other material, especially papers and textiles, to act as a protecting filler or glaze) and washing will remove the stiffness caused by the sizing. Many quilters complain that their hands become very dried and and they get cracks in the skin, for many this dermatitis is caused by the chemicals used in the sizing and dying of the fabrics and is usually eliminated by only working with prewashed fabrics.
Next layer the batting and smooth out any wrinkles
next layer the top and smooth out any wrinkles.
I like to leave 4 or more inches extra around all edges.
Next Pin the three layers together. I use safety pins. Nothing special just plain old inexpensive safety pins. I have some that are quite small and made specifically for quilts (they are curved) and I really don’t care for them. larger pins are much easier to operate.
When I first started quilting I was very concerned about basting properly. It seemed like everything I read or heard about it stressed how important it is and that pins should be no more than every six inches apart. I don’t use anywhere near that number now. This quilt is full sized and I used 60 pins for the entire thing. One in the corner of each block and one in the center of each block and a few more on the edges. I quilt in a hoop and once the quilt is in the hoop I remove any pins that are in the hooped area. The only job the pins do is hold the three layers together until I get it in the hoop. I have never had a problem using too few pins.
Here is is pinned (it is hard to see the pins in the picture but they are there)
Last I trim off the extra batting and backing.
So here is the bonus. I did it all, layering of the back batting and top and all the pinning and trimming in less than 30 minutes.
Next time I will talk about the quilting
I did get a few more of the Fantasy Garden blocks finished.
They aren’t in any specific order here, I have 4 more to make and then borders. I will post pictures of the progress soon.
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