August 24, 2011 in Quilting
I am entering the home stretch. The Gator quilt is finally ready to quilt.
This quilt is being made without batting; just the quilt top and the fleece backing. Sandwiching it was not fun and very hard to get flat. When I am doing this, I generally use my hands and do a lot of flattening and smoothing out. I do this with spray baste. However, with the Gator quilt, I was afraid that if I ran my hands of the quilt top too much, my chalked quilt markings would be rubbed out. So then I tried to do this with the quilt top on the bottom and laid the fleece on top – DISASTER! Everything was wrinkly.
The problems didn’t end there. The backing is tight on size. I only have about 2″ on the top and bottom to spare. Twice I sandwiched it and couldn’t get the fabric centered and ran out at the ends. About 1 1/2 hours later (did I say I was doing this in the garage in the heat), I got it together, but it wasn’t perfect. The top was smooth and flat – the quilt marks stayed perfectly – but this is what the back looked like:
I think the fleece got stretched out at some point. So what I did was move this wrinkle slowly – remember is was spray basted – and little by little it moved to the edges. It was kind of like moving an air bubble when you put on a screen protector. In the end all turned out well.