Yesterday a few of us got together at the local library for a day of quilting and camaraderie. Tom and I have done a bit of RVing this summer so I’ve only been able to make two of the monthly sessions.
It’s a great opportunity not only to have a full day dedicated to quilting but also to problem solve. One of the quilters brought in a quilt top that needed to be sandwiched and not only received help pin-basting it and suggestions for quilting, but also was shown how to make sure that the quilt would lie flat.
Sometimes we are lucky enough to have two or more quilters available to help stretch and baste a quilt sandwich. The website at EHow.com gives some tips on pin basting. It’s important that:
- the backing and batting are 3-4 inches larger than the quilt top.
- the backing is pulled taunt and secured with no wrinkles.
- the batting is removed from the packaging and unrolled the day before sandwiching the quilt. It can also be fluffed in in the dryer on the no heat cycle to eliminate wrinkles and folds in the batting.
- pins are put in the center first working your way to the outside of the quilt, and that
- the pins are placed no more than 4 – 6 inches apart.
What a great way to spend the day.
There’s always time to quilt!