Monday, May 16, 2011

Mod Times Quilt Along - basting your quilt

Mod Times Quilt Tops!
Here's some of the beautiful quilt tops that have been popping up in the Flickr group! I just love seeing what fabrics everyone has chosen and the different background and border colors. The are all wonderful!
This week, I thought I'd share some links and a few pictures of how I baste a quilt. I didn't have time to work on quilting my quilt this weekend. I needed to go out and buy some cream thread as I only had white in the house.
This morning, I chose to spray baste this quilt together. Most of the time, I pin the layers together, but I had a little bit of spray baste left and wanted to use that up. 
Here's the steps that I took for that process:
batting to size
First, you need to cut a piece of batting a little larger than your quilt top. I'm using up odd sizes of batting that I have left over, so mine is a little bit small for this quilt top, but it works for me. I think it's recommended to have a couple of inches overhang on all sides of your quilt top. You can see in my picture that I have joined 2 pieced of batting together (just zig zag the two edges together... it works really well).
pinning to carpet
Now, I pinned my quilt backing to the carpet. You can tape it or pin it to the carpet... I've done both and I started pinning it to the carpet one time when I ran out of tape. Start in the center and work your way out, smoothing the quilt backing fabric as you go.  (I also iron and starch the backing before getting started) Remember to place your backing fabric with the right side down. :)
fabric pinned to carpet
Here's the quilt backing all pinned to the carpet.
and a closer view of how it's pinned.
spray basted quilt
Then, I sprayed the backing with the basting spray and smoothed out the batting over top. I sprayed the batting and smoothed out the quilt over top of the batting layer. I just roll up the quilt top and unroll a section and smooth it out as you go across the batting. With this small quilt, it's quite easy to do quickly.
basting spray
 Here's a picture of the basting spray that I've used. I'm sure there are many brands out there. I usually only like to use this when I can open the windows and get fresh air into the house. It's pretty smelly when you spray it.
pin basting
And, here's a section that I pinned to show you what that would look like.
So, now you can take your pins out that you used to pin the quilt backing to the carpet and start quilting your layers together.
Someone asked for a different way to quilt this quilt a while ago other than the stippling that I did on the original one. I'm thinking about outlining some of the shapes to start (the cream background). I'll start working on that and share some pictures along the way to give you another idea for quilting.

Here's some links to other tutorials and such for basting and binding a quilt:
crazy mom quilts basting tutorial
Check out her Quilt Making Basics in the side bar.
Heather Bailey's binding tutorial
Bind a quilt is in her sidebar (that's the tutorial I always use for binding)

I'm sure there are many out there, those were the 2 that came to mind when writing this post.

Ok, I think that's it for now!
I need to go make some salad and get ready for a Boy Scouts picnic tonight. :) There are lots of end of the year parties and trips going on in the next few weeks with the kids.  Should be fun!


Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Great! I like how someone used a patterned fabric for their background! I am hung up on backing fabric. I can't seem to find the perfect one!

Linz said...

Great basting ideas!! I love learning how others baste, because it really helps me!

Thanks for putting my little quilt in the group! :)

Katie said...

I'm so glad to see I'm not the only crazy one who pins my backing to the carpeted floor. I don't use spray baste, though, I use safety pins to baste the whole quilt. I slide my rotary cutting mat carefully under there and move it as needed, so I don't pin the whole quilt to the floor!

Rachel said...

How do you NOT get the spray all over your carpet? I usually baste (spray or pin) on my classroom floor at school. The first time I used spray, I covered the area with newspaper but I still had gluey stuff all over the floor... and all over me. There were pages of newspaper stuck to my feet!

There has to be some kind of trick to this, right?

Melissa_Loves_Broccoli said...

Pinning it t the carpet! what a clever idea! I've seen these giant frames and such before, but this is a wildly better idea! I have been stretching mine across the dining room floor, and hopeing that the back won't wrinkle as I go... I have so much to learn...