|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.