02 October 2016


Vertical basting - basting on the wall. My latest quilt top "vertical", composed of horizontal rows of strings of different widths. Scrappy. Green with accompanying yellow / orange and pink.  

About 60" * 80". Quilters Dream Select cotton batting. Pinning standing up or sitting / standing on a chair... Considering how to quilt it.

Can you believe this is my post number 400! Thank you all for being part of my blogging with kind and lovely comments and questions over the years.  To celebrate I want to share how to do this vertical basting.

A short picture tutorial:
  • the backing up first, curtain clips and painters tape
  • the batting up second, same curtain clips, just smoothed out with the quilting ruler after softening the crinkles with a short spin in the dryer
  • the quilt top up last, sticking to the batting, being smoothed out with the same ruler until satisfying result is achieved
  • pinning as close as prefered

not shown: removing the quilt sandwich from the wall, cutting off excess batting (leaving at least 2" extra batting and 4" extra backing. Folding up the excess backing over the excess batting and thread basting the edge. This prevents loose fibers on your clothing while handling or hand-quilting.

Wish you all a beautiful Sunday!

; )


Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt! Once again, you combine fabrics and colors with your sensitive, tasteful touch. I've been experimenting with strips too, but haven't found an arrangement that I like so well. Your vertical basting trick is brilliant!

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh, and happy 400th post! I'm so thankful for our friendship that wouldn't have been possible without your blog.

Netta said...

Your vertical quilting is inspired! .....really like your quilt too!

Quiltefia said...

For en utrolig god ide!! Både den stripete toppen og den måten å gjøre klart til quilting på!!
400 innlegg!! ikke dårlig!! Det er ikke så ofte jeg leder blogginnlegg lengre, men din er det altid hyggelig
å være innom!! Hilsen Anne Kari :-)

Robby H. said...

Lovely quilt, but that vertical basting is brilliant. My kneeds and back send their thanks.

Charlotte M. said...

I have been wondering if basting on the wall was possible.
Thank you for showing me the way. This is a game changer and a knee saver for sure.
Love the vertical.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Congratulations on your posting milestone. I appreciate that vertical basting tutorial - I have a large drafting table (higher than most standard tabletops) that I use for basting (no floors for this girl) but I plan to try your method on the very next quilt I baste.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I always look forward to your posts. Your quilts are so peaceful, and your basting method makes a lot of sense - thank you!

Lappedamen said...

This was a very good idea for reducing the scrap bin. Thank you for sharing this wonderful quilt. Long time since I have been visiting your blog or other quilt blogs for that matter. I haven't used my sewing machine for several months, but now I got inspired!!

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Fabulous tutorial! We were just talking about how to do this! The quilt is beautiful.