Thursday, October 18, 2012

Iron basting

When I am working on a smaller quilt my preferred method of pin basting is to do it at the ironing board.

Eddy likes to help

My Ironing station.

Backing and the batting.

The top.

Smooth everything and give it a good press.

I like to slide my little mat underneath to make pinning easier.

I love this tool for closing the pins.

After I pin what has been pressed, I slide it over, smooth
the backing.

Then the batting and the top and press again.  

The last section.  Make sure to take the mat out after you pin
each section, you do not want to iron with it underneath the quilt.

I like to use a larger stitch length for machine quilting,.

I keep a sample piece handy to test the stitch and tensions.

My hokey set up to boost up the quilt.

Rolled up and ready to go.

My favorite, wiggle quilting.

Both directions finished.

The finished baby quilt!

I found that this method works best for me.  Pressing the layers seems to make them stick together a bit better.  I found that my sewing room was so crowded with the big ironing board in there and I mostly just used it to press a few seams.  So I took the big board out and set up a small ironing mat on my table.  I put the big board in the linen closet.  So when I need to iron yardage or big stuff, I just pull it out of the closet and set it up in the hallway.  It makes much better use of my sewing studio.

For simple quilts I like to use variations of my wiggle quilting.  You can do gentle curves with a walking foot and going edge to edge, no threads to tuck in!

The baby quilt was finished in time for the arrival of our newest grandson, Scott!  He is so sweet!

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  1. Nice Tutorial Sylvia. I haven't seen this way of basting before. I learned something new today, thanks!

    I'm sure Scott loves the quilt made by his Oma. So cute!

  2. I like your hokey set up. My sewing machine is on a curved desk unit and the extension table needs convincing to set in place or it places the machine at an awkward angle. Now I need to find some machine bed height tins for the back!
    Sandy in the UK

    1. My big sew steady clear table fits my 1080 machine. And wouldn't you know it? The 440 is about a quarter inch too large to fit the cut out! The last quilt I machine quilted was when I discovered that I could put the sew steady next to the attached blue tray and it gave me more workable surface even though they weren't attached together. Then I added the tins behind, although they do shift a bit, it is workable.

  3. My hubby is in the process of cutting out a place for the machine so it will be level, sitting on a shelf he is mounting underneath. It will be so much better.

    1. I have been wanting to do that too. But the table I am using right now is an old kitchen table that weighs a ton. I don't want to cut it up.

  4. ohhh this is interesting - might have to try it!! Thanks Sylvia! I hate basting!


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