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Old 02-20-2009, 05:57 PM
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Thank you for all the great hints.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:09 PM
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Thank you Prism! I've never used cotton batting, must be time to try it! :) I've never even looked at it, just assumed polyester would be cheaper.
Diana :)
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Marcia
Hi Diana-

I baste my quilts on the floor too. And I mean floor--not carpet. My first step is to tape the backing to the floor using clear mailing tape. I tape a piece about 6" long at the center top, then smooth and tape the center bottom, then the same on the center of the sides. Next I smooth and do tape each of the corners. I go back and fill in with tape on the sides and top and bottom. I do not tape every inch all the way around. I just use pieces about 5-6" long and usually leave 5-6" in between each piece of tape too.

Then I lay my batting on top and smooth it. Then I add my quilt top and begin pinning.

I hope this helps you.
I do this too except I tape about every 3 inches apart and then I spray and lay my batting down and smooth it starting in the center working outward. I spray again and lay my top on that way too. Then I pin about a hands width apart and I never have a problem quilting it.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:03 PM
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Since I have carpet, I use T-pins to tack the backing to the carpet. Then I lay the batting down & the top. I then T-pin the top to the floor & use the safety pins to baste everything together.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:28 PM
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Thanks Jannie! I would never have thought of using t pins!
Diana :D
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:02 PM
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When I had an area to "tape" a quilt I did what Skeat and the others did...
I taped my backing then the middle and then the top....then pinned and pinned...
But, I have found that I can tape a backing creatively to my dining table and legs (queen size or smaller on a small table), spray and then layer and spray then layer then pin...
It works...
But the BIGGEST Thing!!!! for me was...the spring back...after quilting the middle
I found when starting in the middle to quilt, if I took the time to adjust the pins (after doing that first round or straight seam) then I didn't get any wrinkles...I didn't have to baste as much after getting the first middle (round) done then worked out from there.
Hope this helps...
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:51 AM
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I'm still pretty new to quilting, but here's what I do. I put that big huge cardboard cutting mat on top of my rolling cutting board. It measures out to be about 60". Then I lay my backing down, spray with 505, lay my W&N on top of that, then spray 505 again, then put my top on. After each piece is layed down, I smooth from the center out. I then start pinning. When the top is all pinned and I need to pin more, I can move the cardboard cutting mat over a bit and finish smoothing/pinning. It keeps me off the floor as I have arthuritis in my knees. Getting down on the floor is not a problem, it's the getting up that I have the problem with. :lol:
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:42 AM
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So, Diana--have you pinned a quilt yet with all your new suggestions? If so, what did you do and how did it work out for you?
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:58 AM
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Sharon Schamber has a nice easy way to baste a quilt using baseboards. You can sit in a chair and do it. She had a free how to video on her website. It may still be there. I baste her way for a large quilt. She had a free video of the basting stitch used by tailors. She wins every show she enters so when she demos I watch. :D
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:47 AM
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Thank you all for your tips!
No, I haven't tried the quilting ideas yet Marcia. I got sidetracked by trying to make the Warm Wishes quilt. lol!!! Right now I'd probably start with taping, or using the t pins, the layers down as I can't really spend the money on the spray right now.
This is a quilt top I bought on Ebay a couple of years ago. It was suppose to be 30's & 40's fabrics, but I liked it anyways so it was ok. It's hand sewn. I first tried machine quilting it, then had all the issues. Then I thought I'd hand quilt it. Ha. Patience is not one of my virtues. lol!!
Thank you all again!!!! :D
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