Let's start off by understanding that I am a TOPPER. All of my friends know this.............. I have finished a few quilts but you should see the tops I have. It seems that when I get the top finished I get to the paralyzing part of WHAT DO I DO NEXT................ It is not feasible to hand quilt all the tops and besides there is not enough time to do that. Most of them are utility quilts and I would not spend my time hand quilting utility quilts. But even before you get that far there is the LAYERING................ Yes, I do have friends and yes they have all offered to help me at any time but that is not always convenient for everyone.........
Sharon Schamber has a video on Basting Your Quilt. I saw it some time ago. Several of my friends have used this method and I myself have tried it on small projects. It works well.
Well, today is the day that I am going to actually do this with a larger project.
Since I am facing unemployment funding for my projects has come to a screeching halt so I am having to make do with what I have. This is my cutting table. The legs are in PVC pipe that has been cut to bring the table up to the perfect height for me to cut fabric. Under the table is the drawers holding the leftover pieces of fabric based on the Bonnie Hunter system of scraps. That will have to be moved away from the wall and lowered to normal height........
First I spread the backing right side down to be cut.
Then I placed the batting on top of it so that I could cut them at the same time.
Next came the pieced top and I trimmed off the excess backing and batting.
Here it is all cut and ready to layer.
It is recommended that the backing and the top be pressed and starched three times. That took the entire morning.
To help pass the time I downloaded a talking book on my laptop from the library. I might as well enjoy a good book while I am pressing.
Lem helped me move the table from the corner and now it is filling the center of the studio. All of the things that were on the cutting table are stashed just anywhere I could find a place.
The backing and the top are being rolled up on the boards.
Then turn them around and start the layering process. First the backing with the wrong side up.
Then the batting on top of that.
And now to begin unrolling the top.
Needles, thread, scissors and we can begin to baste.
It did take the rest of the weekend because there were interruptions. A break for meals... then to get the house in order because someone wanted to see it on Sunday...... Lem did the vacuuming and I did the other things. Two loaves of bread were made and a dozen muffins.
By Sunday evening I managed to get one part marked so that I could begin the quilting. This morning I went back upstairs to finish marking one section all the way across.
I can see that I will be working on this exclusively for some time to come.
The studio is a disaster but there are several other quilts that I would like to layer before I move the table back to the corner. After they are layered I can get the studio back to normal....... And then perhaps I will practice my machine quilting skill.