Project at a time in progress keeps one’s “creative juices” flowing nicely (in my world, at least!!!). In the midst of the current 50s vintage cloth, I have 2 fascinating clients’ quilts needing some attention. Done by gals in my Texas group, these will become part of a group display next winter. Because I quilt on a sit-down Sweet 16 machine, basting the quilt may be a challenge if the top is large. One of these falls into that category as it’s a generous 88” by 104” (approximately). The sandwiching process is done using 8’ long boards that allow me to layer the backing, batting and top accurately keeping everything “on grain”. This process may be viewed here and is shown as a hand basting method by Sharon Schamber. I choose to use quilters’/bent safety pins, however. I begin by placing my (very) old cardboard gridded garment sewing cutting ‘board’ on my table (this gives me some guidelines and protects the table surface from pin scratches). I begin with the top (right side up) and lining up a border seam line with the board. Securing with painter’s tape, I begin to roll it onto the board. Keeping the piece’s seams lined up as I roll is key to keeping it ‘on grain’ when completed. The narrow side border only appears to be off-set as we are viewing the wrong side/seam allowances lined up with the right side. As it is rolled, it is fairly easy to see that the straight edge of the board remains straight with each of the rows as a double check. Almost done…………….Next the backing. This may be a bit more challenging to line up, as I actually have to do a close visual as to the thread directions (warp & weft), but it’s all good!!!!! The backing is placed right side down so it will unroll correctly! Done!!! 2 quilts pin-basted and ready to join up with Ms Sweetie & me for some quilty fun!!! The weekend is here and a workshop at a (not so) nearby quilt shop is on my schedule today. Report to follow………… Til next we meet………there’s stitching to be done, hmmmm??
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