Firstly today, the new system for Hexie Love is working perfectly!!!!! No complaints! No problems! Not even a single question! It's easy peasy now to buy and read Hexie Love!
Now moving forward...
Do you hate basting quilts? It's not my favorite thing, I'll admit. I don't have a longarm machine - just don't make enough quilts to justify it. And I do love to quilt my own quilts unless the quilt is really huge (like my Celtic Solstice) or really special (like my Odyssey).
Yesterday I decided to try a new way to baste, trying to make it easier on myself. Here's what I did.
1. I pinned the quilt backing (face down) to my design wall. (Pin just at top and sides.)
2. I pinned fusible batting to the wrong side of the quilt backing, smoothing it out as I went. (Only pin at top and sides.)
3. I pinned the quilt top on top of the batting. (Only pin at top and sides.)
4. Using a cordless, rechargeable iron on a hot setting (mine is a Panasonic), press small sections and replace iron into its cradle to recharge. The iron reheats quickly and you can repeat the pressing process until the entire quilt has been pressed.
5. Carefully unpin the layers and remove quilt from the design wall. Turn it over with the quilt top facing the design wall and pin at the top and sides. Repeat pressing process with the rechargeable iron.
6. Remove quilt from the design wall. Using a plug-in (non rechargeable iron) press both sides of the quilt one more time for good measure.
7. Be sure to press well around the edges.
8. Machine stitch around the perimeter of the entire quilt - approximately 1/8" from the edge.
9. And you are done! Ready to quilt!
This is what I did yesterday morning. I have a couple of more tops I need to baste - but not today. Today is for hexies!