Not having done any machine quilting for quite awhile I decided to look on the internet for a quilting class. I found a pretty basic class on the Craftsy website (Fons and Porter). Ann Peterson’s Beyond Basics Machine Quilting is being featured this month. Not only was I able to get some much needed practice but I also picked up a couple of tricks to help the process move along a it easier.
I’ve used painters’ tape before to hold the background fabric flat against the table. I’d stretch the fabric taunt and after pin basting the quilt sandwich the background would always be wavy. One of her tips is to make sure that the background lies smoothly on the table not taunt. Stretching the fabric so much makes it bounce back to its original shape when you remove the tape and you have a wrinkled mess on your hands that has to be repined.
Another tip is to use a sponge paint brush to spread chalk over a stencil when marking the top for quilting. It’s definitely not as messy as using the chalk in a box.
When I asked my husband if he had these he asked me what I was going to do with them. “I’m quilting”, was my response. He just shook his head an walked away. He just doesn’t understand!!!!!!!!!!There is always time to quilt!