Finally! Something in my hoop!

I casually mentioned to my husband that I would be on my hands and knees later that evening and he was free to join me!  He could even take photos!  Finally….I had his attention.  He asked me what I had in mind.  I told him I needed help basting my quilt together, of course!

First, we pinned the backing to the carpet.  I use large safety pins and pin directly into the under padding.  In a couple of weeks, we will be replacing the carpets with hardwood floor.  Not sure where I will be basting my quilts, but I will figure that out when the time comes!  I make sure the backing is smooth and fairly taut and free of cat hair!

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Next, I lay the batting on the backing and smooth any wrinkles there may be.  I am using wool batting for this quilt.  If you haven’t tried wool batting yet, what are you waiting for?  It needles like a dream!

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Then, I put the quilt top on the batting and, starting at the very center, I smooth it out nice and flat. The top is already marked!   I spent the last couple of evenings marking the quilt top with feathered wreaths and 3/4″ cross-hatching.  I didn’t mark the outer borders because I am not sure what I want to do, yet.  I have time to think about it!

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Now comes the fun part.   I start at the centre and baste the three layers together.  The trick is not to stitch into the carpet, and to actually stitch all the layers!  I use an embroidery needle with a large eye and cotton thread.  I baste in a grid, with my basting stitches going both horizontal and vertical.

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I like to keep my lines of basting about 4″-5″ apart.

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The best part…..something to stitch!

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Til next time…

Kerry

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