Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Morning Star Count - Basting is Done

It took all day Saturday, but my quilt is basted and now I can begin quilting.  Ted was gone for the weekend on a camping trip with his first year students, so I moved the table and chairs and had the floor to myself. 

I’ve never had to piece batting so I wasn’t sure how to do it. I didn’t want it to overlap or be bunched, so I laid the pieces side by side and taped them along the seam.  I used a herringbone stitch to join them and removed the tape as I stitched along.

 
I pieced the backing with this blue fabric, along with a small amount of blue cat print.

 
I pressed the fabric the best I could with the steam iron.  (In the US, I liked Magic Sizing for ironing, but that product isn’t available in Japan.)  I carefully laid out the fabric, the batting, and the quilt top, and taped the layers to the floor.

 
After basting in all directions, I folded up the edges and pinned them. Yes, this took all day.   Let the quilting begin!

 
Linking up with Life Under Quilts.

9 comments:

  1. this is beautiful! I cannot wait to see this one finished...will the turned edges be the binding as well on this quilt or is that just for the quilting? Hope you are having fun quilting this.

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    1. Thanks! The turned edges are just to keep it back while I quilt. I'm going to put a row of hexagons on the back along the edges to finish it off.

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  2. Well done. Are your knees and back sore?

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  3. Oh! what a journey. It's looking great!

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  4. This is so pretty, but you must be sore!

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  5. That is a really impressive quilt!! Stunning!

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  6. wow, this really is a completely by-hand quilt! Pieced by hand, batting pieced by hand, basted by hand! amazing...

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