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Thread: Happy New Year and need some tips!

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    Senior Member antylu's Avatar
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    Happy New Year and need some tips!

    So I am soon going to be sandwiching quilt (Bountiful Blessings) and it is somewhere around 100X80 in size.......how in the heck can you keep it ironed/pressed, seems as tho everytime I handle this thing it gets wrinkled. Should I spray starch it more? If any of you have ideas on that or special sandwich tips I would most appreciate hearing them. (also it does have wool batting basted behind the pots so as to add a small "trapunto" effect)

    A sincere Happy New Year to all of you, so many have been helpful to me in this project of mine.


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    Senior Member TinkerQuilts's Avatar
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    I'm curious how other board members do theirs too. I put the quilt backing on the floor, put the batting on the backing, put the quilt top on the batting, always smoothing out each piece. Then I'm gently crawling around it putting the safety pins in. I use the curved ones so I think it goes a little faster, but large quilts (like yours) take quite a while to pin. Muscles and bones are stiff and sore afterwards!

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    After pressing as well as I can, I fold in half once width-wise and then once length-wise. This little bit of folding helps to mark the centers for me.

    Then I use a long rectangular table -- find one at a church fellowship hall, community center, library conference room; center the layers on the end of the table one at a time (stretching from center to one end of the top), clamping them down individually with big "bulldog" clamps; stretching/smoothing slightly as you go (this helps remove the 'wrinkles' that have occurred from handling the top after pressing).

    Allow the excess to hang over the sides and (hopefully very little) on the ends. I hand baste because I mostly find this keeps my really big quilt's layers flatter than I can even with spray basting.

    When I have well basted from the center toward one end, I re-position the quilt so I can get from the center to the other end. Keep moving, smoothing, clamping, and basting until you have the whole quilt done.

    Basting a quilt is not always a fast process, it can be quite a boring chore, but rushing through it will definitely affect the outcome of the layers of your finished project.

    Then, there is the board method taught by Sharon Schamber (sp) on you tube. I have used this and did well with it. Because it was not as familiar as the table clamping, hand-basting method I've used for years, I'll probably go back to my method next time.

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