Monday, February 25, 2008

basting

Welcome to the quilt-a-long! Are you seeing the light at the end of the tunnel yet? We are so close to being done.

Once your quilt top is assembled, it's time to baste, which is another term for putting all the layers of your quilt together (backing, batting and the quilt top).

My quilt top is about 68" x 88", so I bought 5.25 yards for the backing. It was just enough. I don't go by the rule that your backing and batting need to be 4" larger on all sides of your quilt top. I like to squeak by with as little waste as possible.

I pin baste my quilts with curved safety pins. There is a tutorial here.

And now you are ready to quilt! I plan to put together a tutorial for next week on free motion quilting.

18 comments:

Marcia said...

You're the best. I have a gift I'm sending you to thank you for doing all this for us. I'll try to get it out in the mail this week.
Hugs!

Make and Takes said...

I would love to know what your back fabric looks like, because I am kinda new to quilts larger than the 42 inches given on the fabric roll. How do you make it larger to fit a larger top quilt?

mariarrosa said...

Thank you very much. Looking forward to the free motion tutorial.

Anina said...

Woohoo! If only I can finish the top...

Mama Urchin said...

I'm with Anina, I've got to figure out what size quilt I'm making and finish the top.

amandajean said...

make and takes,

to make your backing fabric larger, cut 2 lengths of fabric (in this case cut your 5.25 yard piece in half so you have 2 pieces of fabric approximately 94" x width of fabric.) To sew them together, match 2 selvedge egdes together and sew one very long seam. Then your piece of fabric should be about 84" x 94" or so. You will have one seam down the middle of the back of your quilt. Does this help?

Oiyi said...

I can't wait to see your tute free motion quilting. Whenever I play around with it, I make a mess.

Archaic Dome said...

I have other deadlines (birthdays and weddings) so I'm only on like week 5. :( But I've never taken a quilting class or worked with anyone else on a quilt. You can NOT make the batting and backing huge amounts of bigger? It doesn't like shrink or something? This is REVOLUTIONARY! Suddenly I have visions of all the batting I've wasted over the years!

Kristin said...

Ohhh! I am anxious for your free motion quilting tutorial.

Kellie said...

I love your blog! I love free motion quilting so will be waiting anxiously for your next installment ...

Katie said...

you are such a great teacher.

colmurph said...

Just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your blog, and have been really inspired by all of your quilts. The colors are amazing and really make a person feel good. Thanks! Colleen

Mystele said...

thank you! you're my quilting hero! i do not understand how you pump them out so quickly! also, when you have time/if you choose to play, i've tagged you. details under "seven things."

Louise said...

Oh yay can't wait to see the quilting tutorial. I haven't a clue how to do it.

Chara Michele said...

I am looking forward to your free motion quilting tutorial! Your tutorials are always wonderful :)

Marcelle S said...

Perfect timing! I'm debating about how to quilt my latest (long-arm rental again or back to the home machine...again?). Looking forward to your tutorial!

Sam said...

As with others, I look forward to your free motion tutorial; I've only hand quilted in the past, but I'd like to start machine quilting my smaller/quicker projects. Can't wait!

Linda said...

Thanks for doing this. I found your blog and have been hooked...Great tutorial. I'm looking forward to the next one...

I've been tagged and so have you, care to play?