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Thread: What a mess - advice needed

  1. #31
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    Jun 2010
    Baileys Prairie, Texas
    start by taking the basting out. Make sure the back is starched and ironed flat. Be sure to tape the back down to the floor with masking tape or painters tape (right side down).
    Put your batting down next (I usually tack the corners down with tape to keep it from moving.) Put the top down (right side up). I usually pin rather than baste. I use my long ruler to work out any kinks in the top to keep it smooth. I have become a fan of spray glue to sandwich my quilts with a few pins to keep it held together solidly. Given all that you have alredy done flip the quilt over, take out only the biggest wrinkles by taking out the basting from these areas and see if you can work them out using a yard stick or you long ruler to move the wrinkles out. Start at the center and work to the outside. Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

  2. #32
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    Oct 2010
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    When I used to put my back on the floor, I would smooth it out and tape the edges down with masking/ painters tape to the floor. You want it taut but not stretched or the the back will rebound from the stretch when you take it off the floor. I put pins through the tape that is on the fabric edge so it doesn't peel off until I am done. Then I smooth out the batt and top and start to bast. You put a marble under the backing so that you can roll it along as you bast so that you have room to put the pins in or the needle for thread basting.
    I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible most of the time now and the sandwich has to be ironed instead of pins. I do this on the old carpet in the basement.
    I've never heard about using the marble under the quilt layers. I'll have to try that.

  3. #33
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    Jun 2012
    silsbee TX
    Mom 3 thank you so. I also am a self taught have done 2 my first one was a me. This last one I made for me daughter just turned 35 took me a week to get that part done now I have a lot of wood think this look a lot better then try my table. I have the same one going for my son I think this will help me get it done in time , That is if my part get here in time.

  4. #34
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    Littlefield, TX, USA
    Tape the backing down to the floor or carpet, keeping it square...then lay the batting and top down. The method Sharon Schamber uses works also.

    Quote Originally Posted by gdmoer View Post
    I just finished piecing together a quilt, 88x98. My loft library floor is completely cleared off, and so I carefully laid down the back, then the batting, then the top. I made sure everything was nice and smooth. I basted it by hand, and hours later, lifted it up, flipped it over............. and the whole back was wrinkled where I had crawled around on it. I am a self taught quilter, and would appreciate any advice/tricks/tools of the trade to help me baste my quilt correctly! Donna
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  5. #35
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    Sep 2012
    I can't get down on the floor anymore. Just moved and have a 7.5 x 3' kitchen countertop. Just did my first quilt on it. (Top measured 69x 84" ) It worked well, so I hope this was not dumb luck. I bought basting clips that fit on the counter. Laid the batting on the counter, clipped one side. Put the backing down, clipped opposite side. (Measured both as I went to have both sides that were hanging down even on sides and bottom.) Unclipped 2 clips on one side and spray based and smoothed, repeated at other end of that side.) Then I moved the quilt, reclipped, keeping the already sprayed part fan folded on the counter and did one side, put that side down, reclamped and worked on the other side. Then I carefully flipped the quilt made sure everything was smooth and did the same thing with the quilt top. So basically I did it in sixths, not quarters. This was also the first time I had used spray basting. I was wary, so also used quilting pins and pinmoors, but not nearly as many as I would normally use.) This saved my back (easier than a table, forget the floor) and my knees and worked really well for me. I am now machine quilting the quilt on my DSW. Also a first, I am usually a hand quilter. I was brave enough to do all these firsts, because I really did not like the top. A friend, who is also a quilte,r encouraged me to finish it; so I decided, I don't think I can like this quilt any less, so let's learn something. Best quilting decision I ever made. I have learned so much.


  6. #36
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    May 2007
    i always tape my backing down to the floor spray it with 505 spray then lay the batting on that spray it and put the top on after that make sure everything is flat then i start working on the quilt

  7. #37
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    Western PA
    Thanks for sharing that. I have never seen it before.
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