Help from Woodstock, because when he isn't arranging flowers, he's quilting.
He's a regular Martha Stewart.
Last week I finally carved out some time to make a little progress on the quilt. I'd like to say that I'd gotten stalled after completing the quilt top because I got a sinus infection and the next step in making the quilt involved crawling around on my hands and knees. And I did get a sinus infection, but that's not why I didn't work on the quilt.
I didn't work on the quilt because the next step first required that I clean the floor in the laundry room.
Yes, I really am that lazy.
Eventually it occurred to me that no one else was going to wash that floor for me (where are the staff when you need them?!), so I got to it. And once the floor was clean, I could start making my quilt sandwich.
This is the part where the purists get separated from the rest of us.
The quilt sandwich is made up of three layers: quilt bottom (laid face down), quilt batting (I use lightweight all-cotton batting because I like a relatively thin quilt), and the quilt top (laid face up). To temporarily secure the layers together while "quilting" the layers (either by machine or hand-stitching or tying knots at regular intervals) a lot of quilters will insert safety pins through the layers and baste the layers together.
This takes a lot of time.
I prefer to use a spray adhesive to hold the layers together. I lay down the quilt bottom (again, right side down) and use painters tape to hold it to the floor, lay the batting over the bottom and then fold it back about halfway. Working in sections on half of the bottom at a time, I spray the adhesive on the wrong side of the quilt bottom and smooth down the batting. When the batting is secured in place, I use more painters tape to hold it to the floor as well. Then I repeat the process, adhering the quilt top to the batting.
The spray adhesive is about as sticky as a post-it note, so it allows for repositioning of the fabric or batting if something gets bunched up. And since it holds the three layers together during the quilting stage, there's no need to baste the layers. The adhesive is also water-soluble, so it will come out when I wash the quilt after it's bound.
While the "sandwich" is secured to the floor, I lay out the guides for the quilting. Since the quilt top pattern is on the diagonal, I decided I wanted horizontal and vertical lines for the quilting. Using more blue painters tape, I laid out the pattern on the quilt top. I prefer using the painters tape rather than marking the fabric with chalk or a fabric pen, because it shows up much more clearly and won't rub off. The painters tape also won't leave any adhesive residue on the fabric when the quilting is completed and won't damage the sewing machine or needle when I run over it.
Now to finish the quilting and get this baby bound!