Pin Basted


I got one quilty thing done today –  the backing is tacked to the carpet, the batting is smoothed on top and then the quilt top smoothed over all.  I have found that with Quilters Dream batting as long as you have smoothed all the wrinkles out of it it sticks to the backing and the top with no trouble at all.  I actually  sit on top of this – carefully and it stays in place while I pin.  Haven’t come up with a name for this quilt yet other than the “X quilt”.  I normally put a label on the quilts and the name of the pattern was “X-rated” now I do believe this will end up for a child sometime in the future so I don’t think that name is a good one to put on the label – ideas?


I know a lot of people really go crazy with the pins and use tons of them.  I don’t – I am using a hoop and everything is smoothed out in the hoop before I quilt and I find this is plenty.  I cut the backing and the batting to about 3 inches around the sides and then I fold it over the edges of the quilt and pin so it keeps the edges tucked in and protected from dirt or whatever.


Maybe you can see here about how far apart I put the pins.  I have been doing this for years and have never had trouble with it.


LOL – now my experience using dye for clothing is limited.  This was supposed to be denim blue!!  I followed the washing machine directions – it was pretty blue when it finished – but of course I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a ton of loose dye in this and washed it again – also because of course the washing machine has to be washed out when dyeing is finished.  I tossed in a couple color catchers and then it finished – the color catchers were dark blue – back in for another wash cycle and more color catchers – and then again for a 4th time before the color catchers were clear – but a lot of the dye also came out!  I didn’t want the water super hot as I didn’t want the pants to shrink!!  I guess the water wasn’t hot enough?   I’m not sure what color shows up on your computer screen but the pants are kind of a lilac/gray Smile oh well that will go with a gray sweat shirt that I have – or the burgundy sweatshirt.  I’m just glad I got all the excess dye out of the pants and the washing machine before something else went in it.


When I got completely done I did do a wash cycle with bleach to make sure all the dye got out.  I know I said I was going to make a pullover top as well – not enough fabric was left over so I didn’t make it.

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13 comments… add one
  • Sue Aug 13, 2012

    That is a lovely quilt. I am terrible at naming things so I won’t even try but I am sure it will make some young person very happy. It’s a beauty.
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  • Marianne Aug 13, 2012

    “X marks the spot”? “X-actly for you”? “Crosspatch”? It is adorable in any case.

    Sorry about your pants! I once dyed a muslin caftan red and got hot pink. I liked it but really had wanted red.

  • Tim Latimer Aug 13, 2012

    I love the idea of folding over and pinning the edges down…I have always left mine hanging free and they do cause a lot of lint attraction and fluff coming off onto the quilt….I will try it with the next quilt….Thanks
    I also use as few pins as I can, they just get in the way!
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  • jmniffer Aug 13, 2012

    Like Marianne, X marks the spot, was what came to my mind for naming your quilt.

  • Joni in La. Aug 13, 2012

    Perhaps “Kisses”. Aren’t the Xs and Os supposed to be Hugs and Kisses. Don’t know which is which.
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  • Wanda Aug 13, 2012

    49 Kisses
    x is the univeral symbal for kiss.
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  • Liz Aug 13, 2012

    http://Love crosses. Very pretty.

  • Liz Aug 13, 2012

    Love crosses. Very pretty.
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  • Vivian Aug 13, 2012

    x marks the spot was the first thing that came to mind.

    I think I pin base about the same distance apart as you.
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  • Astrid Aug 13, 2012

    I couldn’t help it but LOL! Haven’t most of us had ‘accidents’ with dyeing?! Perhaps the color didn’t turn out that bad after all, even if not denim blue… 🙂 They look very comfy though.
    Love your quilt and I really like the idea of folding over and pin the edges… never thought of that… I’m hopeless when it comes to naming quilts… 🙂
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  • Doreen Aug 13, 2012

    Have not got any thoughts on names for your quilt but it sure is a nice one. Can’t wait to see what quilting pattern you decide to do. Interesting ‘dye job’! Hmmm?
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  • Andrea Aug 14, 2012

    How about Criss-Cross ? I very rarely name my quilts as I can never think of anything clever. I have made a smaller version of this with a charm pack but haven’t got round to quilting it yet – wonder where it’s got to ? Lol xc

  • Gorgeous quilt!!
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