Friday, March 21, 2014

Tree Basting

 Tree (quilt) basting in pictures. For more on this technique, click here, here and here! This is the first time that I'm using Quilters Dream Wool batting. I'm really excited to see how this quilts.

Start by laying out the layers, just enough to fit the width of your table.
 Then just start pinning. I use long straight pins (although I bend them to make it easier to come back up through all the layers) and I use Pinmoors (thanks Leah for introducing me to these little things)
Notice my new smartphone (finally in the 21st century). I love to listen to audio books on it. Yippee Skippee, I can sit and baste my quilt on the dining room table and listen to my book.

This is the back of the quilt, after the first pins are put in.
 The next step, pull the quilt and boards forward on the table, until the boards are at the front edge. Then flip the batting forward and unroll the back of the quilt the width of your table.
 Smooth the batting over the backing
 Smooth the top over the batting
Start pinning again

I leave the board across the tippy top of my quilt while I pin the last section. It weights it down and keeps the quilt layers smoother.

TA DA!!! Finished basting my Tree Quilt!

I know it's a bit of a stretch to say that the quilt is finished, BUT the top, back and basting were all finished this week AND it's ready to FMQ!  So I'm linking up with FMQ Project Friday, TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop

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  1. I saw a pic of those pinmoors the other day and had no idea what they were used for!

  2. Great tutorial, Pat! This is a fabulous way to get the job done!

  3. looks cool. I hate the basting process. It is the thing that keeps me from making more quilts, lol.

  4. Just in time for me. I have 3 quilt tops to baste, thanks!

  5. Nice work! What a great way to baste a quilt.

  6. I have been wanting to try a wool batting, I am looking forward to your thoughts on it.

  7. Your method for basting is STILL brilliant! I still haven't gone to get boards. So smart I tell ya! Thanks for sharing! XO

  8. ooh! I also use this basting method (talk about wonderful) and I also listen to audio books during repetitive tasks like basting. My guild has actually asked me to demo the method at our next meeting, which I'm really quite excited to do :)

  9. I will totally be trying this with my next quilt (I'm almost done with the top, yay!) what book are you listening to currently? I'm listening to Feast for Crows, I love listening to books while quilting!

  10. Great idea to use this basting method!
    Good luck and lots of fun quilting this top!
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