So today I thought I'd make good on my promise and show how I baste those cute little quilt sandwiches so they can become pretty practice pieces.
I start with two pieces of fabric cut the same size, and a piece of batting just a bit larger. I then take them over to my ironing board where the magic happens.
I lay the backing fabric down, "wrong" side up and press it with a hot iron (no steam) to get it nice and flat.
|The 'Hot Wheels' Wall Track in the background is not essential. :P|
|You can see here that the backing is pretty wet with the starch.|
After pressing it and smoothing it out with the iron I'm ready to spray the batting with lots of starch, just like I did with the backing fabric. Then I lay the top piece of fabric on it, "right" side up.
I'll smooth it out and press it down a bit with my hands before pressing it with the iron, because the iron kind of sets the starch, sticking it in place.
When it's pressed and dry you should have a fairly sturdy, basted mini-quilt sandwich.
|I just realised it looks like it's standing up by itself! But no, it's me holding it.|
Sometimes after being pressed and pushed around a bit with the iron, the edges of batting that stick out from the fabric can become a bit fuzzy so I just trim them off with my rotary cutter so they can't make my sandwich all fuzzy.
And then they're ready to play with. :D (I actually love this method so much that I'll always pre-baste my large quilts this way before pin-basting now. It may seem a bit of a hassle but the results are well worth the extra step. And it's not actually that much more effort for me, because I always used to spray my backing and quilt top with starch and press them before basting, anyway. This way I just kind of press them together.)
|I found this design in one of my notebooks, but I'm not sure if I made it up myself or drew it from a book or a video. I do know I'd never actually quilted it before, though.|
|After the original design from my notebook I went in and added some pebbles. These are my best pebbles yet! I was making sure I kept my eye looking ahead to where I wanted to go, not where the needle currently was.|
|And after the pebbles there was still more space begging to be filled so I filled it with some fun feather-y things.|