Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Little Basting...

My reversible table runner is finished, but when I was going through all the pictures I took of the project I realized that there are more than enough for two blog posts, a new pattern, and a new tutorial.  All coming in the next couple of days.  Here are a few pictures of getting it all put together...

Quilt basting can be daunting, but on a smaller project like this it is actually pretty fun.  As long as I use my Kwik Klip to save my finger and finger nails.  I have also been told that using a spoon is just as helpful.


I have said this before, but it is worth repeating... I iron my project top and bottom with spray starch before putting the layers together.  I spray it on the wrong side to prevent starch buildup and it washes out later.  Many quilters prefer Best Press, but I use plain old Faultless Heavy Starch.  It helps keep the fabric stiff and prevents tucks and pulls when quilting.  It sure makes the job a lot easier.

Trimming and squaring off the finished product.  This is one of the most rewarding steps for me.  I love how neat it is after it's trimmed and the edges are so straight and pretty.  It also means you are really close to being finished!

A little binding sewing... I have a Binding Corner Tutorial coming in a couple of days.  My grandmother requested a tutorial that focuses on making pretty and square corners with the binding.  Coming soon...

Finishing the binding with a sneak peak of the Christmas side.  I am still a hand quilter when it comes to finishing the binding on the back.  I started out hand quilting my quilts and it is nice to still hand quilt at least one part of my machine quilted projects.

Previous posts regarding this project:

I wanted to leave you with this... While I was taking project pictures, I noticed this little guy hard at work.  It was too cute, I had to share it...

Have a great day!
Candace

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23 comments:

  1. This looks so pretty and I love the white binding!

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  2. The heart pins are really cute!!

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  3. This is a really cute quilt. I've turned in my Kwik Klip and safety pins for a bottle of Elmer's Washable School Glue, but I think I'm going to have to give up the machine binding and try doing it by hand (again!) - I just can't seem to get it as nice and pretty as I'd like with all machine stitching.
    Love your little squirrel. They are so determined.

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  4. Lovely runner....I have never used the starch. I guess because I am a hand quilter....now learning machine quilting; I must do this. You say it helps from puckering?

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  5. I just found you and enjoy your blog very much. I bought your mug rug pattern and have made 5 of them, since yesterday!

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  6. I really like the idea of a reversible table runner you can use all year. Lovely stuff!

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  7. I love your starch idea. I've never tried that before! Looking forward to your tutorials.

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  8. Nice! I've not used starch before, that's a very neat trick. :)

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  9. I really like chevron quilts. Such a modern fun pattern

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  10. love the table runner, Candace! I starch the heck out of my layers on front and back too. I like the crispness and it makes it so much easier to baste and quilt!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  11. Trimming and squaring off: love it too :)
    I like to spray starch the top too. Currently I sew a zig zag table runner. I think I will make it reversibele too. Thanks for the inspirtation.
    Susanne

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  12. Loved your post today! Glad you like pinbasting... I do too! I love handquilting and look forward to your binding tutorial. Love the squirrel... I love hearing them chatter too! Have a great weekend and thanks for a great post! Kathi

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  13. Oh my heart skipped a beat to see those Amy Butler prints used in a chevron pattern!! Love it!
    I'll have to try the starch tip, it sounds like a good idea. I pin baste small projects too, but I use Pinmoors. They sure save my fingers :)

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  14. Will definitely try out your starching tip next time I am pin-basting. Anything that makes this part of quiltmaking easier sounds good to me :)

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  15. Lark is one of my favourite fabric lines, it looks so awesome against the white, the quilting looks great!

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  16. this looks so fresh and crisp! love the echo quilting.

    Candace, did you post anything for the photography workshop at plum and june? I bet there are lots of us (me included) who would like to get photography advice from someone as talented with the camera as you!

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  17. i really need that binding tutorial for the corners

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  18. Such a neat and tidy table runner! Love the colors. Fun that it is reversible. Here from Whoop Whoop!

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  19. Love your chevron table runner! I'm a starcher too! I buy it in the concentrate and mix it with water. I had a squirrel that had me doubled over laughing. He finally made it to the bird feeder but was having a hard time doing acrobatics making the feeder swing faster and faster. He got it going so fast he had to jump off!

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  20. Looks great! I have not starched, but I think I will start!!! I also love finishing my binding with hand stitching!

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  21. I use starch all the time. I starch everything before cutting as it really, really helps with more precise sewing. Have you're ever tried liquid Niagra in a spray bottle? It's GREAT stuff. Doesn't flake like the stuff in the cans do. You can usually find it at Target or Walmart. I always buy 3-4 bottles at a time.

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  22. That is a great tip about the spray starch when making the quilt sandwich! Your chevrons are just beautiful!

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