Thursday, May 26, 2011

Easy Peasy Layering Quilt Sandwich Tutorial

For those of you who are following along with my recent posts, I finished my Batik table runner.  Not all of us have large quilting frames with professional quilting machines, so we still have to do it this way.    Here's a little picture tutorial of layering and preparing a quilt sandwich for quilting.  

I'm so glad that I have this big table in my dining room for doing such things, and the lighting is great in there too.  It does get super HOT in there late afternoons, and I need to get some pull down roll blinds to install behind the mini-blinds.  (put that on my 'to do' list)

1.  Press backing fabric and tape it down to table with masking tape

2.  Press batting (if necessary) and smooth over backing fabric.  (Notice that I pieced the backing by butting the edges together and used a large zig zag stitch.)

3.  Press quilt top first on back, then front side...spraying lightly with MaryEllen's Best Press Spray.  Smooth quilt top on top of batting.  (Notice the extra batting, backing extends beyond the size of the quilt top.)

4. After all 3 layers are smooth, fold back  1/2 of batting & top and spray backing fabric lightly.  I like to use Sulky's KK 2000 or Sullivan's basting spray.   Lift up and smooth 1/2 of the batting only... from center to outside edges with your hands.  If you get a wrinkle, lift and smooth again.  I do this first with just the batting.

5.  Then I spray the batting and lift 1/2 of the top and smooth out the top over that 1/2 of the sandwich.  Repeat the process for the other 1/2 of the quilt sandwich.

6.  I still like to use a few quilt safety pins with the Kwik clip tops also.

7.  Fold back edges of quilt sandwich to expose taped backing edges and remove tape.

8.  Roll quilt sandwich ...ready for quilting.

9.   Quilted, finished and ready to sell in my Etsy Shop.

Is this how you do your quilts?

Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoyed it.


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