Did you know?

Hi everyone!  Since it’s still the first month in the New Year, I thought I would shake things up a bit.  So every week, I will write a short tip about some aspect of  design, color and quilting.  You know, the stuff you always wondered about, but were afraid to ask, because you might seem dumb 😳  Let me know if you like this approach…..



that there are many ways to get the 3 layers of a quilt ready for quilting?  Some folks like to hand baste all 3 layers with silk thread.  Some like to clip the bottom layer to a table, add the batting, then add the top layer and safety pin all 3 together.  Diane Gaudynski, a well known expert on machine quilting, in her excellent book, “Guide to Machine Quilting”, likes the safety pin method.  She does not thread baste, because lines of basting get caught under machine stitching, and those pesky basting stitches get caught under your presser foot.  I have done the safety pin method for years, and it works, BUT…..

  1. Instead your presser foot gets caught in the safety pins
  2. They wreck you fingers getting them in the quilt sandwich, and removing them (gloves help)
  3. It’s very time consuming
  4. It’s a pain in the patooty!

So what do I do?  Since I usually fuse my quilt top with fusible applique, what’s a little more fusing?  I take what ever scraps of fusible I have and break it up into pieces and space them close together on top of the batting. (See picture below) Add the quilt top or bottom and fuse starting from the center, smoothing outward towards the edges.  Done.  Also, your quilt will be flat and no puckers.  It doesn’t matter what type of fusible you use, but I prefer the lightest, Misty Fuse.  MF now also comes in Ultra Violet protection, and can be ordered on rolls if you do a lot of fusing, like me.



Try it out and let me know what you think (on a small piece). I must credit uber quilter, Robbie Eklow for this method, as I didn’t come up with it myself!  Are there any other ways you know that I may have forgotten?  Let me know in the comments.


I’ve been mostly working on getting ready for the Buyers Market in Philly next month.  Lots to do yet.  But one thing I did do was make a quilted sign showing my Niche award, so I can let buyers know about it when they enter my booth.  I printed it on fabric and, you guessed it, fused to gold velvet and batting and backing.  Then I practiced free motion quilting my feathers around it.  No, I did not pre-mark anything!



Hope you have a great week!

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6 thoughts on “Did you know?

  1. I like the idea of frequent “do you know?” posts…
    basting with straight pins is another option. Leah Day uses pinmoors [others use disposable earplugs]on the sharp end of the pin.

    1. Glad you liked this idea! I have not heard of those, thanks I will check it out. I probably will still fuse baste cause I’m lazy!

  2. I wonder if you have used the fuse baste on wool batt. I usually use wool batting and when I tried fuse method withe Misty Fuse the whole sandwich seemed to move back and forth due to the loft of the wool. But maybe I didn’t use enough, etc. Tried it with wool?

    1. Jenny, I didn’t have that problem, and I love using the wool batt. I noticed that when I fused it the wool became less lofty and more compressed. So if you don’t like that look, stick with pins. I just hate maneuvering around those dang pins if I don’t have to!

    2. Thank you Roxanne! Love your niche award quilt! And congrats on the award! Great comments, too. Judy Coates Perez has written about working with wool batting and using Mistyfuse®. She fuses the whole quilttop to the wool batting and then does spot fusing on the back. That’s just the Cliff Notes, so do read about what she does, here: http://judyperez.blogspot.com/2011/03/down-home-stretch.html

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