Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Prepping En Provence

Quilt top, Warm and Natural batting, and pieced backing

I have some self imposed pressure going on this week. The new Quiltville mystery starts this Friday and I just got "a bee in my bonnet" about finishing one of the previous mysteries.
I pieced a backing, cut a piece of Warm and Natural batting off the roll, and got the quilt top ready to baste. Here is a photo of the stack of the 3 required elements in quiltmaking.





Everything is ready to move to the next step which is basting the 3 layers together. I clamp the backing to the table, and carefully lay out the batting and quilt top. I take extra time to smooth out the layers to make sure that there are no folds or wrinkles. Then the pin basting starts with my favourite basting tool - the Kwik Klip. It takes me about an hour to put all the pins in. You can see a good pin basting tutorial over at Crazy mom Quilts. The two differences between how Amanda Jean and I pin baste our quilts is 1) I work on tables and could never do this on the floor due to knee pain, and 2) I use the Kwik Klip tool.





Okay... the quilt is pin basted, and the next step is to pick the threads for quilting. This is one of my favourite jobs. I like to use lots of different threads and switch colours regularly. Here are my Aurifil choices for En Provence ... yellow, white, pink, navy, blue, and green.

The next decision is what quilting pattern to stitch.
Stay tuned!

13 comments:

Sarah said...

It is a lovely quilt top and those coloured threads are gorgeous but I must admit basting is not my favourite job. I will have to look at the Kwik Klip tool.

Janet O. said...

I would never go back to not using the Kwik Klip to baste my quilts. Felt awkward at first, for about 10 minutes, but now it is the only way to go.
I am impressed at how quickly you brought this all together. I would have to ponder on it for a week or two. :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I'm sure it will be done to get one mystery finished before starting another!

Alison V. said...

I love your version of En Provence! This is one I didn't make but I absolutely love your color scheme for this one. Good luck on finishing!

Louise said...

Hooray! I'm really looking forward to seeing your En Provence all quilted up :)

Janice said...

I am going to go ready your basting tutorial but in the meantime, I just learned about this Kwik Clip tool a few days ago! I have never seen anyone use it. Is there a good video showing this?

MissPat said...

Some one should do a tally of all the quilters hurrying to finish an earlier Bonnie mystery before the new one starts. I've let myself off the hook by deciding not to do this year's mystery, so my En Provence will wait a little longer to get quilted. Good luck finishing up, though I think you'd need to work 24/7 to get it done by Friday.
Pat

Jenny said...

Basting a large quilt is always a big job! Now to the quilting, which us an evdn bigger job.

Pamela said...

Nice thread choices!

beaquilter said...

Your top looks great. I recognize lots of CT fabrics!

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful top. I’m getting ready for Bonnie’s mystery too. Have never done one before.

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Lovely quilt! I baste on a table. I am going to look into this Kwik Klip tool.

Kate said...

The not fun stuff is done, enjoy the quilting part.