Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Heidi » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00



Hi,
nearly finished DS's sampler and now I'm quite desperate with my
quilting. I was so happy with the top, many corners meet, I love the
colours. And during quilting I could see that my stitch improved from
block to block, far away from being perfect but good enough for me.
But now as most of the quilting is done, there are so many hills <G>,
you know the top does not lie flat on the backing.
What went wrong ? I handquilted it. Basted it with thread and some
safety pins, but didn't use a hoop. Do you have any advice for basting
(which I do  not like at all btw) or should I better use a hoop ?
Probably I could borrow one.

Another question:
Nearly finished the top of a baby-quilt and I'd like to machine quilt
it, And it's a sampler, turned out  to be a very 'loud' baby-quilt, so
I hope the baby doesn't get any damage from it :-)
Now, what pattern would  you propose for a first attempt in
machine-quilting, I think I wouldn't like to do 'stitch in the ditch'.

Many thank in advance
Heidi

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Linda Kay of Texa » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
> Hi,
> nearly finished DS's sampler and now I'm quite desperate with my
> quilting. I was so happy with the top, many corners meet, I love the
> colours. And during quilting I could see that my stitch improved from
> block to block, far away from being perfect but good enough for me.
> But now as most of the quilting is done, there are so many hills <G>,
> you know the top does not lie flat on the backing.
> What went wrong ? I handquilted it. Basted it with thread and some
> safety pins, but didn't use a hoop. Do you have any advice for basting
> (which I do  not like at all btw) or should I better use a hoop ?
> Probably I could borrow one.

> Another question:
> Nearly finished the top of a baby-quilt and I'd like to machine quilt
> it, And it's a sampler, turned out  to be a very 'loud' baby-quilt, so
> I hope the baby doesn't get any damage from it :-)
> Now, what pattern would  you propose for a first attempt in
> machine-quilting, I think I wouldn't like to do 'stitch in the ditch'.

> Many thank in advance
> Heidi

Heidi - How did you go about basting your quilt.  By the way I don't
know of anyone who likes to bast quilts, but it is a necessary evil.
The way I bast my quilts is:  First get some help, they take several
table (the kind must libraries have in their meeting room) and but them
together so that they are the size of the quilt.  Lay the backing down,
wrong side up and tape it to the table, keeping it snug, but not to
tight, they lay the batting on top, making sure it is smooth.  I use a
yard stick to reach the middle.  Next lay the top on and smooth it.  I
now pin bast with the long straight pins about every 4 inches all over
the quilt.  I then take up the tape on the end where I am starting to
bast and  about 12 inches up each side.  I then start basting at one
end and go all the way across the quilt.  I make my stitches about 1
1/2 inches long and my rows are about 4 inches apart.  It takes a long
time, but that is why you want help, and I will be worth it in the end.
After 18 years this is the best way I have found.  If you bast enough
it shouldn't matter whether or not you use a hoop, you have to do it
the way that is best for you.  I use a 12 inch hoop for all my quilts.
I have a king size Dresden Plate that I will start back on quilting
this fall, it's just to hot in the summer to qult on a big quilt. As
far as your quilt is concerned, you may have gotten your back to tight,
or maybe the top wasn't smoothed out enough.  Hope this will help.
Linda Kay of Texas

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Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Kelly-Ann » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00


Hi Heidi,
I do any basting that I need to on my wall. Much easier, and for me,
more accurate. I staple my backing to the wall along the top and a few
staples on the sides. (tiny staples, ***y tiny holes) Then pin my
batting along the top, then the quilt top centred on the first 2 layers.
I can smooth it all with my hands, then pin down the centre, then work
out to the sides. I use LOTS of small safety pins, and can baste a
double quilt in about 1 1/2 hours.

For the baby quilt - how about a nice, simple grid?

Kelly-Anne

Quote:

> Hi,
> nearly finished DS's sampler and now I'm quite desperate with my
> quilting. I was so happy with the top, many corners meet, I love the
> colours. And during quilting I could see that my stitch improved from
> block to block, far away from being perfect but good enough for me.
> But now as most of the quilting is done, there are so many hills <G>,
> you know the top does not lie flat on the backing.
> What went wrong ? I handquilted it. Basted it with thread and some
> safety pins, but didn't use a hoop. Do you have any advice for basting
> (which I do  not like at all btw) or should I better use a hoop ?
> Probably I could borrow one.

> Another question:
> Nearly finished the top of a baby-quilt and I'd like to machine quilt
> it, And it's a sampler, turned out  to be a very 'loud' baby-quilt, so
> I hope the baby doesn't get any damage from it :-)
> Now, what pattern would  you propose for a first attempt in
> machine-quilting, I think I wouldn't like to do 'stitch in the ditch'.

> Many thank in advance
> Heidi

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by KatQuil » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00


Have you worked from the center outwards in both  the basting and the quilting
process?  Every stitch will push the batting in that direction, so this is a
very important consideration.

Kathy

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Pegg » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00


Gutentag Frau Heidi, I can't help you with the machine quilting because I
hand quilt but the other problem I think was caused buy not enough tension
when you were quilting it. I have tried lap quilting and it did not work for
me although a lot of ladies do it and get good results. Also did you start
in the middle of the quilt and work out ward?


Quote:
> Hi,
> nearly finished DS's sampler and now I'm quite desperate with my
> quilting. I was so happy with the top, many corners meet, I love the
> colours. And during quilting I could see that my stitch improved from
> block to block, far away from being perfect but good enough for me.
> But now as most of the quilting is done, there are so many hills <G>,
> you know the top does not lie flat on the backing.
> What went wrong ? I handquilted it. Basted it with thread and some
> safety pins, but didn't use a hoop. Do you have any advice for basting
> (which I do  not like at all btw) or should I better use a hoop ?
> Probably I could borrow one.

> Another question:
> Nearly finished the top of a baby-quilt and I'd like to machine quilt
> it, And it's a sampler, turned out  to be a very 'loud' baby-quilt, so
> I hope the baby doesn't get any damage from it :-)
> Now, what pattern would  you propose for a first attempt in
> machine-quilting, I think I wouldn't like to do 'stitch in the ditch'.

> Many thank in advance
> Heidi

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Heidi » Mon, 17 May 1999 04:00:00


Yes, started in the middle and even rebasted part of it, when
I discovered the first 'hills' (after thinking about 3 months about it
<VBG>).
Maybe I used not enough safety-pins ? How should the distance between
them be, 2 ", more or less ?
Thanks again and sorry if I ask maybe the same questions again,
but missed many posts during the last weeks.
Heidi.

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by RJ O'Keef » Mon, 17 May 1999 04:00:00


Kelley Anne,
   When you say you staple the backing to the wall and have "tiny" holes,
are you using a regular stapler or staple gun??  With my back problem, this
sounds like the ideal solution to the basting problem.  TIA for info.

--
RJ O'Keefe
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Rainbow Country Craft Designs

"Always follow your dreams...
   The one you don't follow will come back to haunt you."

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by robert » Mon, 17 May 1999 04:00:00


I really think a hoop would help your hand quilting, even though lots of
people don't like them. It holds the sandwich out flat so both hands are
free to focus on the stitches.
IMHO, stippling is the easiest machine quilting, apart from straight lines.
I like to outline the basic design, maybe a few rows of echo quilting around
that, then fill in with stippling. But harriet hargrave's book has some easy
machine block center designs.
Roberta in DK


Quote:

> Yes, started in the middle and even rebasted part of it, when
> I discovered the first 'hills' (after thinking about 3 months about it
> <VBG>).
> Maybe I used not enough safety-pins ? How should the distance between
> them be, 2 ", more or less ?
> Thanks again and sorry if I ask maybe the same questions again,
> but missed many posts during the last weeks.
> Heidi.

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Kelly-Ann » Mon, 17 May 1999 04:00:00


I use the regular stapler from my desk. It doesn't leave any holes in my
quilt, and the tiny ones in the wall can be quickly and easily filled
(if anyone notices them)

Kelly-Anne

Quote:

> Kelley Anne,
>    When you say you staple the backing to the wall and have "tiny" holes,
> are you using a regular stapler or staple gun??  With my back problem, this
> sounds like the ideal solution to the basting problem.  TIA for info.

> --
> RJ O'Keefe
> Remove "13" to reply
> ------------------------------------------------
> Rainbow Country Craft Designs

> "Always follow your dreams...
>    The one you don't follow will come back to haunt you."

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Pat Winter » Wed, 19 May 1999 04:00:00


Hi! This topic really interests me, so I was disappointed to discover no

The other post from her has the same error.  Leigh Anne,  please post
again, as I think this subject would be of interest to the NG.  TIA, Pat
in ***ia's Historic Triangle

 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Ellen Finkelse » Wed, 19 May 1999 04:00:00


It didn't show up for me either. She must be having a problem.

LN



 
 
 

Basting and quilting advice needed, please !

Post by Leigh Ann » Wed, 19 May 1999 04:00:00


Sounds like a great idea for the quilter with back or knee problems.  I
think cork walls might be in order -- new concept:  on this wall is the
flannel for design board and on this wall is the cork for basting.  I like
this.  Does cork come in designer colors?

--
Leigh Anne from the foothills of the North Georgia Mtns.
LADesigns/The Patchwork Parrot
http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/~ladabbs/ladesigns.htm

"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."
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