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ls2116 Posted: Fri, Oct 19 2012 1:58 AM

I have a good news bad news story.  Good news is I got my mq6 sandwiched and quilted.  Bad news didn't check backing fabric and after quilting found out the fabric had folds and creases.  I'm really bummed cuz I was so excited about this one.  Probably just let my DH have this one.

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Patti replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 5:16 AM

If its not a lot of folds and creases, you can frog those stitches enough to make the area flat and redo them.  When making the sandwich, I usually tape or clamp down the back so that it doesn't move before setting the other layers on top, pin about 5 inches apart, flip it over to see if flat enough.  if satisfied, begin sewing.

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Annie replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 7:49 AM

I have always pin basted my sandwich but lately I have been spray basting.  I kind of like that better, no pins in the way of quilting.  But in either case, I sometimes tend  to tape or clamp my backing a bit tight and then it wrinkles up a bit when the fabric is released.  There's that fine line again, that gets me every time! hehe

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Thea replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 7:59 AM

I spray baste when I am sandwiching - but it takes me several hours to complete - I think somewhere on here I did a tutorial on how I sandwiched and basted my quilts - because when I started out no one taught me how to do this and I too was getting those folds and creases in the back.

I now - lay the backing down wrong side up and use those clips that you can buy in the stores like Staples that you use to hold documents together - I spread it tight across - like I had to make my bed when in basic training - so you could bounce a quarter off - lol - then I lay down the batting and smooth it out - nope don't clip it down it is loose... then I lay the top down and smooth it down - make sure it is centered on the backing fabric - then I fold back the top to the middle on both sides - folding up about 1/8 at a time till there are two folds on either side of the middle - then I fold the batting back - I usually fold it in 1/4s...

I then spray the backing fabric - have found it works better then spraying the batting - fold the batting back - one section at a time and smooth it down... after the batting is all spray basted I start smoothing back the top - I spray the top again - not the batting - I spray the 1/8th sections and smooth them down - one section at a time.

After I get it all basted, I unclip the backing... if I have had to only do what is the center section because of the size of the quilt - I move it over on the table and again secure the backing with clips and fold up that small area that is left and do again the batting - then the front... 

When it is all spray basted, I take it to my ironing board and I have it first backing side closest to the ironing board and press it - smoothing out the top a little at a time as it needs it - then I turn it over and do the backing the same way.  If I am not ready right then to quilt it - I fold it up and hang it on a hanger for storage...

Sometimes it takes me many hours to get all the little creases and folds out and I don't understand how they get there - other times it goes smoothly without a single crease - I think those are the times when I have caught the poltergeist quilters napping in my house... teehee...

 

 

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erindipity replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 10:10 AM

That is a bummer :/  I do okay with small projects ~table runners, wall hangings, baby and throw sized quilts~ but everything else ends up a mess!  I read somewhere that someone felt like a "topper" not a quilter...lol...I think that is me too!

Hope that you can possibly go back and fix...Good luck.

 

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ls2116 replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 10:15 AM

Thanks for replying! I pin baste and usually check backing this time i went straight to sewing oops. i think i'm going to try spray baste or taping.  I'll bind it today.

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ls2116:
Bad news didn't check backing fabric and after quilting found out the fabric had folds and creases.

That's a bummer. Before I got the frame and sandwiched the quilt on my 2 folding tables I taped the back down to the table with blue painters tape and that kept everything in place while I pinned, it worked really well. But all these suggestions, after the fact, are not much help are they? (((HUGS)))

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ls2116:

I have a good news bad news story.  Good news is I got my mq6 sandwiched and quilted.  Bad news didn't check backing fabric and after quilting found out the fabric had folds and creases.  I'm really bummed cuz I was so excited about this one.  Probably just let my DH have this one.

I just did the same thing. It's funny (funny weird, not funny haha) that I just had the same experience. It is a gift for my goddaughter who just had a baby yesterday, so I really can't give it to someone else. I don't think my husband would like a hopscotch quilt. The only good thing with me is that it is only on 1/4 bottom, so I am taking it out. Slowly but surely. I'm sure your's was not as horrendous as mine. Good luck with whatever you decide to do with it.

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(funny weird, not funny haha)
I had to smile at this, have not heard this phrase for awhile, my Dad use to say it all the time. :)

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I also did this recently.  The thing is, I knew it was going to happen before hand (I sandwiched my quilt while on vacay and forgot to bring tape, which I figured would cause me problems)... and I just decided to be OK with it.  the quilt is just for me and the backing fabric is pretty busy, so they don't stand out too much... There are a few differnet spots where it gathered.  If it were a gift quilt, I suppose I'd be bothered by it.  Seems like it would be a nightmare to undo and fix.  :(

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Annie replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 1:13 PM

Thea:
Sometimes it takes me many hours to get all the little creases and folds out and I don't understand how they get there - other times it goes smoothly without a single crease - I think those are the times when I have caught the poltergeist quilters napping in my house... teehee...

Thea, 

I always amazes me how much I learn from your posts.  Thank you for taking the time to explain your process in such detail.  I will definitely be following your method.  Mine is similar but I never thought to iron and never thought about hanging it on a hanger.  Great tips!

Thanks, Thea...

 

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Thea replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 1:21 PM

Annie, You are so welcome!  I wish someone had been there to explain it to me but coming from a family where my Mom did not quilt - she sewed but no quilting so I was basically on my own.  I wish someone had explained it to me.  It is rather easy once you get the hang of it - whether you pin baste - thread baste or spray baste... just takes time and patience... something that quilting has taught me a lot of...teehee

 

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ls2116 replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 1:36 PM

mine is smack dab in the middle of the quilt. Maybe I'm a Topper too rather than a quilter.

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ls2116:
Maybe I'm a Topper too rather than a quilter.

Don't give up, you will figure it out!   :)

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Linda replied on Fri, Oct 19 2012 1:54 PM

Hang in there....even those of us  who have been quilting 30+ years have the same thing  happen. It is not unique to newbies or those who haven't been quilting long. I just had it happen to a quilt and it's still sitting on the table until I feel like ripping it out. Unfortunately, this one does have to come out. Some you can get away with. So, hon, join the club of quilting or I should say another aspect of quilting. Don't feel bad...just another learning experience.

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