I wanted to share a bit of my process quilting this cloud 9 top. A few times I have tried basting a quilt while it's hanging on the wall and not laying on a floor. Sometimes crawling on my knees and basting is not so tempting...
In the first two pictures you can see my glider curtain system. I put my back up first, right side facing the wall. Then I secure it with painters tape, stretching it out as flat as possible. This particulate backing is a 54" wide cotton voile - very slippery!!!
Then I centered and attached my light polyester batting with pins to the backing. Again, stretching it out and taping it to the wall.
Last layer is the top; centered, pinned and taped to the wall as well.
The basting is done using my favorite bent quilters safety pins. I have to say it was great using them while standing up!!!
This big star variation top is made from left over triangles from my sea glass quilt and egyptian cotton. The star blocks are 23" big, and I wanted to try something new: clam shell utility quilting. Inspired by the lovely book by Carolyn Forster: "Utility quilting - simple solutions for quick hand quilting." (This book was introduced to me by Mary of Molly Flanders; thank you!)
Using a full 8" diameter circle paper template. Big open quilting. Aiming for a light, summery and soft quilt. The pins ended up in the center of each clam shell by sheer luck. I love how the clam shells makes me think of clouds...
Having fun with my favorite perle 16 and embroidery needles. Marking with a grey chalk pencil, three rows at a time.
Wish you all a lovely wednesday!