Saturday, February 26, 2011
I think it is easier on the hands to thread baste, rather than safety pins, and you also don;t have to take them out as you move the hoop. Just cut the threads and pull them as you move along. It is also light to handle, if you are working on a large quilt. Mine is 74" square which is large enough to handle.
I lay the backing on the not so large dining table and secure it with bulldog clips all around. The batting is then layed on top and smoothed down, patted - not stretch. Put the quilt on top, and smooth down again. Don;t stretch it. The quilt is larger than the table so it falls down all the sides, and that kind of stretches it anyway.
I tack with these big fat needles and crochet thread or candle-whicking thread. I pick them up from garage sales or markets when I see them cheap
I started this about 7pm and had it 3/4 finished by 8.30. The rest I can finish in the morning. Much easier than crawling about on the floor, don't you think?