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Saturday, January 3, 2015

It's basted!

I'm calling this quilt the monster, because it is so cotton picking heavy and big! I had to move furniture out of my living room to lay it down and get it basted.  I spray basted it and my husband had to help me.  Since the furniture was already moved (and the carpet was sticky now) my sweet husband shampooed the carpet for me!
Furniture had to be moved up against the wall and into the dining room.  The cats really liked having the green chair on it's side.  Yes, I know it needs to be sewn but I do not have the proper needle to do it.

I had to redo the back because of all of the wrinkles.  Do you think it would work better next time if I lay the batting down first and then put the backing on and let it dry before I do the top?
You have no idea how hard it was to get the whole quilt in one picture.
I like to pin baste the outside edges after spray basting just in case I missed a spot.  I also ran out of spray while doing the top and had to send my husband to Walmart, he's such a sweetie!
I need to decide on a color for the binding, I'm thinking one of these blues.  Which would you choose?
My husband says the last one on the right.
I should get it loaded on my treadle tomorrow.  I had to clean my house today, I have company coming over tomorrow.  Then I got distracted by a puzzle, it has Singer Red Eye 66 and a cat on it!
Back to work on Monday, I'm hoping it does not take long to get this quilted!



Little Penpen said...

Oh my goodness! You have out done yourself... love this quilt top!

kate steeper said...

i have the jigsaw design as a cross stitch, Meggie the Mess Maker I think its been a WIP forever as its so complicated , I may finish it when i get to the waiting for the reaper stage of life

Denise :) said...

Wow -- that was fast! Great job!! What machine will you quilt this on? As for binding, I'd go with one of the darker blues . . . either the second one from the left or the second one from the right (I prefer, from what I can see, the second one from the left). The others are just a tad to close in color to the blue blocks that are framing your big blocks. But then, I like high contrast (typically) in my binding! :)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I lay down the backing material right side down and take blue painters tape and tape the entire thing to the floor so it is tight. My floor is wooden so I don't know about carpet. Then I spray half of the backing and have someone help me lay the batting down smoothly over it. When that is smooth, I spray the other half and we finish it. Then I do the same for the top. Even though it is spray basted, I still pin in case you have to put it aside for a bit in the middle.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

of course, I pull off the painters tape when finished basting.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

ROFL Do you realize that your pictures are like a hidden object game? Find the kitty or kitties. First picture cat sitting on it and one in the doorway and one under the chair. Pic 2 a couple of kitties sitting on the back of the chair upended. I digress. Good job getting the quilt basted. I like the really dark which is the 2nd one from the left.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Basting large quilts are the hardest!! It is a beautiful one and will look lovely when finished.

Anonymous said...

Missy, I've not spray basted anything that large, but I learned to put the batting down first (you could masking tape it down for stability), spray it and apply the backing fabric, then turn it over and apply the flimsy top. It is easier to control the fabric onto the batting than the batting onto the fabric, if that makes any sense at all.

Gina in Missouri (hope to see you at the Arkansas TOGA!!)

Sarah said...

Congrats on getting it basted!! Not sure why your backing was so wrinkled. I use 505 spray if it makes a difference (but it shouldn't). I lay out all three layers, centering them and making sure they are about 90% smooth. Depending on the quilt size, I pull back part of the top and spray. I then pick up the top in the middle of the folded back section and smooth it flat, then I work to the corners of the section, smoothing as I lay it in place and lifting it back up if I get a wrinkle. When the top is complete, I flip the whole quilt over and repeat with the back. Then I flip it back to the front and make sure I didn't create wrinkles while doing the back. I have never had to wait for the spray to dry. The only time I had a problem was with an older batting that wasn't my current warm & natural. It was a very stretchy batting and just miserable but I had paid for it and was determined to use it. The leftovers went in the trash tho. Hope that helps - it's hard to explain over the web :)

Michelle said...

I like the bright blue!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've only spray basted smaller quilts. I usually thread baste the larger quilts (I have a very long dining room table, and start in the middle, then move the quilt from side to side until it's all thread basted). I learned (the hard way) to spray baste one layer at a time, then let it dry before doing the other layer. Have fun quilting the beast.

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