I finally put this up my quilt frames. I looked at these colors for quilting but I made a trip to Hancock Fabrics and got some green Gutermann quilt thread as well as some in between needles. They were all on sale, so I was pretty happy.
I work at a school in Migrant Education. I have 3 girls that came from Mexico this year, that I am teaching phonics and reading to. I am making them each a bag. This is the start of one of them.
The next part of this post may be just for me. My friend Dixie helped me baste the Christmas Quilt. I know it is a lost art and I, for one, am always forgetting the exact order of how to do it.
So here is how to baste a quilt....the old fashioned way.
- Line up the edges of the backing fabric with the boards exactly and then pin them to the boards using thumb tacks. Backing fabric is face down.
- Next, put the other boards underneath and slowly stretch them out. I'm not going to lie, sometimes (every time) things fall. Just pick it up and try again.
- This is what the corner should look like.
- Use a clamp to hold it together. If using a c-clamp, make sure the twisty part is up.
- I like these clamp so much better.
- Next, lay out the batting and then the quilt top, right side up. Use thumb tacks to pin to the board.
- I had a bigger back than the quilt top, so we stretched it and used straight pins to pin it to the batting and backing.
- Here we are ready to baste. When basting, go around the edge and also a second row about 6 to 8 inches in at the same time. Then, when you can not reach any farther in, start rolling. We always do 2 rows at a time.
- When you roll, take off the clamps and roll to where you want to start basting. Put the clamps back on.
- One last comment. You really need a friend to do this with.