The main obstacle for me to finish a quilt is the layering and basting. I have to move furniture to make space to lay it out. That is very hard on me physically. Then there is getting down on the floor to lay everything out and tape it down, equally hard. I did switched to spray basting instead of pin basting which helped a lot. But still it was so HARD to do I would put it off and put it off.
Recently I came across a "new to me" way to layer and baste quilt tops. Using my ironing board! I watched a video by Paula Storm. I included the video in this post or you can watch it HERE. There may be other sources, but I thought she explained it very well. So I gave it a try and I got two tops basted in about the time it would have taken me to get the furniture moved! It may not work for everyone, but you might want to give it a try.
Video by Paula Storm.
I wrote out the basic steps, but it would be best to watch her video.1) Center your batting on the ironing board.
2) Lay your backing fabric on top of the batting and make sure it is centered. Spray the back of your backing fabric by folding it over half way, spray with basting spray, then press. Repeat with the second half.
(Great backing I got for my Gwennie quilt!)
4) Center your top and spray the back of it, half at a time, as you did with the backing fabric. Press.
One tip she gave was using a square ruler to make sure you corners are square. If not, adjust.
Gwennie is ready to quilt!
This process went so smoothly I also got my Dancing Stars top basted. A little more trouble with a larger top, but with practice I think it will get much easier.
It is still cold here. It was -25* when I got up this morning, but it is getting above 0* during the day. Yay! And just because, photos of another moose I took the other day.
First she dug into the snow.
Then she came up with a mouthful of grass! Yum!
Happy Quilting! And thanks for stopping by! Rebecca