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Layering your quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes

A quilt is made up of three layers, backing, wadding and patchwork top (or a piece fabric) and this video takes you through the various stages of the process to make a quilt sandwich:

Step one: temporarily anchor the wadding and the backing.

Note that the wadding and the backing need to be larger than the quilt top.

Step two: Turn over and place the top fabric/patchwork top and anchor into place:

this can be either with simple tacking stitches, or with the modern Microtak gun, or with temporary basting spray or curved basting pins.

The quilt is then ready for quilting.

The video also includes a brief discussion about waddings.

Turn your Patchwork top into a Quilt

Basic patchwork skill

Guidance on how to turn your patchwork top into a quilt sandwich, ready for quilting, together with some suggestions of products that you can try.  You need the 3 layers to be really flat - and you can see how to achieve that.

 

Equipment:

The microtak gun and tacks are available on the shopping pages but since making the video the Basting Grate has been discontinued.

Some of Valerie's students have found that a cheap cutlery tray turned upside down works well and others (at Midsommer Quilting) use badminton rackets (and maybe tennis rackets would work just as well)

An alternative to the gun is to use some quilters basting safety pins - these often come curved and they have a protective coating on them to prevent rusting - in case you need to keep the project a while before you get round to quilting it!   These are the same as those used by Carolyn Forster and people who hand quilt.   These are also better than regular pins, as the latter have a nasty habit of fighting back!

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