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Thread: Sandwiching

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    Senior Member bgullett's Avatar
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    I have not been able to sandwich my quilts together nicely. The top usually looks really nice, but the bottom usually has puckers. I want to make a nice taunt quilt. I have tried pinning and the spray adhesive. Looking for advice everyone. Thanks.

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    I tape my backing to the floor. I pull it tight. Not enough to stretch it out of shape but enough to pull out all the wrinkles. Then I add the batting and smooth it out and then the quilt top. It works great for me. I do baste around the edge of the quilt after I get it off the floor. I use my machine. That way the sides don't slip.

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    In my experience the spray works well only on very small projects. The last one I tried somehow ended up with the backing seriously off grain. It's messy and the spray gets all over your table and the floor.

    You can't beat good old masking tape to secure the edges of the backing on the table. Then spread the batting and leave it overnight to relax so creases can be smoothed out. Then spread the quilt out on top of the batting and stroke it until it is straight and smooth. Secure the edges with tape. Then baste with needle and thread from the middle outward. Run a line of basting around the outside edge, remove the tape and quilt away!

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    I tape my backing quite taut (but not stretched). Then I smooth out the batting. I also take my time smoothing out the top. I usually pin about hand-width apart.

    The last few quilts I did in SID method had no puckers.

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    I don't have any tips to add but must thank the posters for your tips---Great!

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    One thing not mentioned yet is starch. I'm a big believer in starch. My puckering on the back was solved when I followed a board suggestion to starch the back nice and stiff.

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    Yep, lots and lots of starch to make the backing stiff, then sandwich and baste your quilt. :D:D:D

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    yay! It's comforting to know I am doing all the things! :-D

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    I also use sizing on the backing to make it a bit stiffer. I use my dining room table to sandwich. I lay the backing down and clamp it to the table with your basic woodworking clamps, layer the batting and top and smooth out. Then I pin every 5 inches or so.

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    Great tips everyone. I didn't know about the startch, but going to try it. I was hoping I wouldn't have to pin, I hate pinning and it hurts my fingers.

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