Sunday, June 12, 2011

How a Little Old Lady....

How A little OLD LADY....

Hello my name is Freda, and I can be found here!

( I am here after one of my followers thought this would be a superb post for you ladies here on Stash Manicure. Madame Samm was so nice about it, she gave me a date right away, so I could tell you my story. It is a pretty good one too, so listen up) 
...sandwiches and pin bastes a quilt without needing to make an appointment with her orthopedic doctor.

I do arrange quilt blocks on the floor but anything beyond this is not happening!  My knees just won't allow it.  So...  I use my dining room table, a folding cardboard cutting board, and some binder clips to make a quilt sandwich!

You know the type cutting board... it's available in any fabric store I've ever been in and this is my second one.  The first cutting board fell apart after 25 years of regular use!  

Once you have the backing spread out on the cutting board, you will need some binder clips, which are available in office supply stores and may well be available in WalMart.  Look near the paper clips.
Use 7-9 binder clips to attach the backing to the cutting board.

I don't worry about scratching the table surface because there is always fabric between the bottom of the binder clip and the table.
Next, the batting goes on.  With the backing clipped down, it won't slide around and you'll be able to spread out the batting and smooth it easily.   
Once the batting is positioned, reach under the batting and remove the binder clips and reclip the batting and the backing to the cutting board.

I use additional binder clips to hold the batting and backing to the cutting board, probably 4-5 on each side and a several on each end.   The quilt top is next...

It's very nice to have the backing and batting secured as you line up the quilt top and spread it on top.

Once you have the quilt top placed, reach under the top and remove the binder clips.   Smooth, smooth, smooth the quilt top and replace binder clips to hold your quilt sandwich together.

If you discover a wrinkle...'s easy to remove the binder clip to smooth out the wrinkle...

...and then replace the binder clip!

After you've smoothed the layers to your satisfaction, it's time to pin!

Once you've pinned everything you can on top of the cutting board, unclip the quilt sandwich and slide it to one side.  
The cutting board will tend to slide with the fabric; however, it's not a huge problem to hold the board while moving the quilt sandwich.  The pins in the center hold things together very well.

Once positioned...smooth, clip, smooth, clip... then pin, pin, pin!  Repeat with the other side of the quilt sandwich and you're done!

I sit in a chair while doing the pin basting.... and my back as well as my knees thank me!

Editors note:
I was sew excited Freda said yes, that we just have to a giveaway to celebrate...

And today our very special giveaway to remind us all to be on the cutting edge like our Sponsor
IHAN ( I Have a NOTION) managed by our dear Kelly... her blog and store can be found here
If you are a beginner quilter, Kelly can help you with stuff you need to get started. She has notions...
lot's of them ...LIKE THESE SCISSORS..

She tells me these scissors can cut through 8 layers of cotton fabric EASILY...Can you believe that?
Now I do believe her, but I have never had a you will have to tell me ok?

Sew what do you have to do to win a pair...?

#1 Please go and be a new follower on Freda's blog, I just know
she will be thrilled to have some new friends....

#2 Ohhh and you just have to go and say Hi to Kelly on her blog, join her on her blog...she always
has some great shares...

#3 Leave a comment here today oh how do you sandwich your quilt...? I really do want to know..
on the floor, table, the way Freda does it? How do you do that?

Winner announced tomorrow!

Congrats #21 TRUFFLE QUEEN...
sent you an email.... YOU just cut
me up! 
To all those who left comments to 
both Freda and Kelly...Thank you from
their hearts to yours.

If it's Sunday you know it is a day of ....

REST and a reminder..

I think this day, I am going to remind
myself to practice more of these...

Will you join me?
and pssst..
silently...I will know..

'cause you know our darn
comments don't seem to work on Sundays..

oh and yes, I am going to REST!