> 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 - 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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