Friday, July 30, 2010

Problem solved!

A friend and quilting genius warned me that using Little Folks voile on the back of a quilt posed a great problem with basting. The gorgeous soft flowing fabric simply would NOT stick to the masking tape used to hold it flat on the floor.

Well, I had a small stroke of genius the other night and realised that all I had to do was sew some cotton around the edges of the backing and stick the masking tape down to THAT.


Here is the whole backing (wrong side) taped down ready for basting.


Lay down the next 2 layers ...


Add something like 700 pins ...


And get quilting!!

This is seriously going to be the softest snuggliest quilt I have ever made!!

It's nice to have a hand quilting project to keep my knees warm on cold evenings.

Andi :-)

19 comments:

Katie B. said...

This is going to be a beautiful quilt! I have some voile, but I'm afraid to sew with it. Your basting tip is much appreciated!

Gypsy said...

Genius idea with the cotton around the edges. I love the quilt (back and front!) it's beautiful!

kirsty said...

ooooh, your quilt looks divine, thanks for the basting tip

x

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

I can vouch for its softness - sooo snuggly!!

Beth Gracie said...

I have tat voile too! It is difficult to sew with. I'm using little folks with good folks and the little folks is reeeealy silky. Your quilt is gorgeous!

Bellgirl said...

Aha, I love a cunning plan! Both the front an back look beautiful!

Tania said...

YOUR POOR KNEES! Are they ok? You'd have to be doing Institute of Sport style training to have knees capable of 700 basting pin application. Did you eat a bowl of pasta a few hours before?

(PS. A – that is one glorious quilt in the making).

Kate said...

Brillian idea!

Terriaw said...

Great solution! That is a good tip if I ever end up using the voile for backing. I am amazed to hear how many pins you used - wow, that's perseverance.

Clair said...

Oh, she's such a clever chappie!

Louise said...

It is the most divine soft fabric for a quilt isn't it. Brilliant solution to the basting problem. Did I tell you it doesn't stick to basting spray either - weird but worth all the effort. Your quilt is going to be beautiful!!

Belinda said...

Genius!!!!!!!!! I've been putting off
making the quilt I have planned with the AMH voiles because of the "it won't stick" issue.

Blue Is Bleu said...

Oooh brilliant! I've not worked with the voile yet but I've heard plenty of the non-sticking problems.

Lurline said...

I pass by Little Folks voile and touch it and think how beautiful! I am so looking forward to the clever girls to work out the tricks to handle such fine fabric - how peaceful those little ones must feel swathed in this fabric - keep at it, Andi - beautiful!
Hugs - Lurline♥

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Gorgeous gorgeous quilt! Great basting idea!

Annie said...

I like having some hand quilting to do on a winter's night too

sophie said...

Wow Andi, it's going to look so amazing!

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Oh I can't wait to see it done! It looks fabulous!

michelle said...

stunning quilt. you say 700 pins so casually