Yesterday afternoon I started to get my Scrappy Stars basted. I know some of you have different methods for pin basting that involve boards, tables and what not – when I am not using my 3 roller hand quilting frame I use my carpet! I hope to get started quilting the quilt today and get a cheesecake made for Melanie’s birthday on Thursday. She has been ordering a homemade cheesecake for her birthday since she was a teenager we won’t say what she is now LOL.
First pin the backing to the floor after the backing has been pressed – started at 2:15 (the backing had already been pressed and the carpet vacuumed and the furniture moved out of the way) – it looks white in this photo – it isn’t – make sure you have the print side to the carpet. The quilt top is 79 x 92 I believe is what I said the other day. (I first lay the backing out without pins and lay the quilt top over it centered and trim the backing to the size I want)
I use T-pins – these actually go in easier than you might think – I kind of help them along with a fingernail.
Smooth your batting over the backing and trim to size. I am using the mid-weight Quilters Dream cotton for this quilt – it is like a thick flannel sheet – it goes down smoothly and just sit or kneel by the edges and smooth the wrinkles out pressing it to the backing – it will just cling to it – I do not pin this down – it just sticks to the backing easily. (helps to have long arms like I do – but you can gently sit on the edges and reach in if you need to) (the backing is the correct size so when I lay the batting over the top I have to trim that down also to the correct size – I find it easier to measure these and cut when on the floor as I don’t have a large cutting table to use)
Hardly took any time at all – of course I have been doing it this way for a long time and have the routine down pat.
Now smooth that quilt top down over it, centering it in place. Again just sitting along the edges and reaching in – get your stretching exercises in! Ok now that this part is all done it is time to take a break and do some other things and stretch out some more – get the kinks out.
got back to work somewhere around 4:15 – Pins are done for about half of the quilt here — maybe over kill with the pins, but better than not enough. When I pin this I just plain sit carefully on the quilt – do not drag your butt along as you move – pick yourself up by your hands, lift your butt and move carefully using your hands and your feet – you do not want to get wrinkles in the quilt layers LOL
Time to take a break and get the chicken soup simmering in the kitchen. Got back to work a short time later and finished!
When you have a routine like this it really gets done fast. Pay no attention to the awful carpet – it needs replacing – I’m not sure how long we have had it – too long – but one room at a time and right now it is the sewing room, the year before or so was the dining room and the kitchen – one day all of this nasty carpet well be torn up – it was a gray blue at one time – now most of it is just plain gray!