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How I Spent My Saturday Afternoon

I had a very pleasant Saturday afternoon off from the day job, so I spent the time doing some prep work for sewing.

Bonnie Hunter had a leader/ender bow tie challenge back in 2011.  I decided to make this quilt back in 2018 (you can see that post here, and you will find a link to BH).  No hurry.  Nope.  None at all.

I’ve been out of cut squares to make more bow tie blocks, so I cut a few more.  I don’t have a picture of those, but I do have a picture of the finished blocks. 

There are more than 578 little bow ties in this basket!

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Remember the Lets Sew Quilt Along

I have finally pin basted it!

Lets Sew Quilt Along

Lets Sew Quilt Along

While I had the pins and table set up, I pin basted Floral Reflections, too.

Floral Reflections

The inspector got involved…she had to check out the safety aspect!

Floral Reflections

I will be working on ESS (Every Stinking Seam…Cindy Needham’s version of SITD…Stitch in the Ditch).  This will take a while!

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Quilt on!

Pin Basted



Not one, but two large quilts pin basted this week!

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off (click here to see more).

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek (hasn’t got a name yet).

If you’d like to know my pin basting method, I shared here.

Pin Basting

Since I quilt using a domestic sewing machine, I am sharing my method of pin basting, or prepping for machine quilting.

I am blessed to have a banquet table (2, in fact).  If you don’t have one, perhaps your church will let you use their’s (this is what I did before I got mine).  It is important to have the type of table that has a small enough lip on it that you can clamp office clamps to.  I bought these tables with the intention of using them for pin basting…do not use your dining room table unless you don’t mind the distressed look!

I use risers to gain height and make this much easier on my back.  You can use coffee cans, pvc pipe or whatever works for you.

I know my floor needs repainting!

If I am basting a large quilt, I will match the center of the backing to the center of the table.  However, this is a baby quilt and I am not concerned about it.  Clamp the backing to the table.  Allow for an inch or so of excess backing all around.  Do not stretch the fabric!  We want it taut, but fabric has memory and we do not want it bouncing back when we unclamp it.  This will cause puckers in our machine quilting.

This particular quilt is shorter than my table on one edge.  Therefore, I will secure it with tape.  I like to use painters tape, but I’m improvising and using transparent tape since I don’t have any painters tape left (I’ve actually used it for painting  trim and walls!).

Smooth out the batting onto the backing.  No stretching; no wrinkles!

In this case, I am using a low-loft Dream Poly.  The thicker the batting, the harder it is to machine quilt on a domestic machine, so ya might want to stick to low-lofts.

No, my baby quilt isn’t a queen size. I’m cutting the batting to size.

Hubby brought sweet goodness home!

It is very yummy indeed!

Smooth the quilt top on the batting.  Again, no wrinkles and no stretching!  Pin baste about every 4″ (I pin about a fist apart).

Cut off the excess batting and backing if there is any.


Unclamp and slide the quilt sandwich over.  Reclamp the pin basted side.  Move the unpinned quilt top and batting out of the way and clamp the unpinned backing.  No stretching or wrinkles; just taut!  Continue as before.

Unclamp and we are ready to machine quilt!