- Tape the backing, right side down, taunt but not stretched.
- Place the batting on top, smoothing as needed.
- Place the top on batting squaring it with the backing and smooth.
- Pin the three layers together but do not pin over a seam (that is part of the anchoring stitch line).
- Untape and verify that everything is flat and no ripples or puckers were introduced during the pinning process. Repin or add additional pins as needed, about every 5 inches or so.
- Take the the machine and quilt as desired.
I am glad that I have a large island in the kitchen as I used to do this crawling around the floor.
I now stitch in the ditch around the blocks to anchor the three layers. That enables me to remove pins so they are not interfering with my free motion quilting. Thank you Linda Evans for that tip.
I have decided on these older projects to back them like my Grandma Lillie did. She made at least one or two quilts a year. Always one to sell to add a little extra cash to her stash. She had her quilting frame set up in her sunroom during the winter and she always was hand quilting or piecing on her treadle Singer sewing machine.
She always used cotton sheets for her backings for a few reasons:
I cut off the elastic from the fitted sheet and opened up the corners and I will be opening up the top edge of the flat sheet. I will also be opening up the pillowcases for some of my smaller pieces or using them for sleeving on the quilts. I got the sheets on sale so I have plenty of backings for a great price.
Now I just have to decide how to lay out the quilts to maximize the backing fabric.
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Northern Arizona. We now create our art full time.