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 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.