Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rainbow Quilt Ready for Stitching

My rainbow quilt sandwich is pinned tightly together and ready for stitching.  I use Faultless Heavy Starch and lots of steam to prep the quilt top and back.  It helps to keep the fabric stiff and aids in preventing tucks and pinches during quilting.



I have been using my new Kwik Klip and let me tell you, it sure has saved my fingers and finger nails.  


When pinning the quilt sandwich I would put the pins in a large section and then go back with the Kwik Klip and close them all.  Then I start on another section.  It was very easy to use and it really sped up the process.


This quilt is made of half square triangles from Moda's Half Moon Modern collection.  I decided to not use all of the fabrics from the collection, but I will go more into that when I show you the completed quilt.

These fabrics are so bright and colorful and the patterns are so simple and fun.
Here are previous posts regarding the progress of this quilt...


Happy Sewing!
Candace

34 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful so far, can't wait to see it all finished!

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  2. The starch is a good idea! Do you spray it right on the top, or on the seam side of the top?

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    1. I spray it on the seam side (wrong side) of the top and backing when I iron them. If I spray it on the front, I always get that starch build up/sheen on the right side and I don't like that. It all washes out after the first wash.

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  3. This is going to be a great looking quilt. Can't wait to see the finished product. I couldn't survive without my Kwik Klip!

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  4. Looks great! I really need to get one of those pin clippers!

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  5. Oh that is going to be a beautiful quilt! The Kwik Klip looks fantastic - I just use a kitchen spoon to lift the pin when I do my sandwiches.

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  6. Oh my gosh!!! Thank you for sharing the Kwik Klip! I just purchased Mary Ellen's Best Press, and I LOVE it!! My faultless starch kept dripping during use. :(

    And your quilt looks amazing as usual. *sigh*

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  7. Beautiful quilt and your Kwik Klip looks neat! Thanks for sharing.
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  8. This will be lovely when done! You get to keep your nails too!

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  9. I cannot wait to see this in full and quilted!

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  10. Thanks for the tip on starching the front and back of a quilt... my first quilt had a tuck in it I couldn't get out... now I know how to prevent that on future large quilts! Can't wait to see your finished quilt! Thanks for sharing your quilt and your knowledge... Kathi

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    1. Glad to help. I like to spray the starch on the wrong side of the top and backing. I use it through the whole process of piecing the top to keep it a little stiff. It also helps when piecing for matching up seams and corners. It helps to prevent the fabric from slipping around.

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  11. Yes!! The Kwik Klip is a must-have tool for pin basting. Saves your fingernails, no more sore fingers, and even my arthritic friend can pin again using mine. I was amazed at how hard it was for me to find one when I wanted to buy one.

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  12. Look how perfect your corners are! :) I'm jealous!
    I just love your quilts!

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  13. Hi! Your quilt is going to be so beautiful! I love the fabrics and colours you have chosen! Kwik Klip sounds great - I still use my nails.
    x Teje

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  14. I love how bright and cheerful this is!

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  15. I can't wait to see how this turns out as well! And I LOVE my Kwik Klip! My 8 year old loves to help and she loves to use it too. :)

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  16. amazingly beautiful quilt! keep up the great work

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  17. I can already tell it's going to be great! Can't wait to see it with it's binding all finished. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  18. Another fab quilt, looking forward to seeing it completed! I too use a Kwik Klip as I have long nails and can't manage the pins without it :)

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  19. Beautiful!! I just picked up a charm pack of Half Moon Modern and it is just perfect in HST form paired with that crisp white! Thanks for the starching tip, too!

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  20. Starch is a fantastic helper indeed!! Love your perfect points in your half moon top!

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  21. That's a lovely quilt! I keep seeing people raving about the Kwik Klip. I'm going to have to see where I can get one of those in England!

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  22. Could live without my Kwik Klip!! Love your quilt so far, can't wait to see what you do with the quilting!

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  23. Am intrigued by the Kwik Klip and will try the starch idea for my next quilt. Love the colours in this Half Moon Modern quilt.

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  24. that is a handy little tool.....i might need to try one. i love the colors of the quilt.

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  25. Your quilt is look fabulous! I've heard good things about this "Kwik Klip" thing - I need to get one of these, I do all my basting with safety pins and it's a pain in the butt.

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  26. Love your quilt and your blog!

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  27. This looks great Candace, and thanks for all the great starch tips in the comments! I have never used starch until the hand stitched class, and I need to try it on my next quilt finish!

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  28. This is just gorgeous!! I love the patterns of the fabric. Thanks for linking up at Hookin On Hump Day!

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