Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Tumbler Quilt Got Quilted...

When I bought the Juki last summer I swore that I would learn to quilt some of my own quilts.  Since I sold my longarm stuff, I've always sent my quilts out to be quilted.  And I love the longarmers!!

But I miss the feeling of completing the whole quilt myself.  So I started small, with some straight line quilting, and quilted a chartity tumbler quilt.  The fabric was one layer cake of City Weekend.  The size is 46" x 58".  The tutorial for this is pretty cool and can be found here, in the Moda Bake Shop.  I added an extra row at the bottom and just cut an extra two tumblers from my backing fabric.  I have to bind and wash it so there will be another photo later....

** A commenter much fabric for the backing and binding.  I probably got 2.5 yards for the backing and another 1/2 yard for the binding.....

I also finished a mug rug for the MQG meeting.  We are doing a mug rug swap...I might make another one because I think they are so much fun!!

Anyhow, my plan today is to pin baste the Dream On quilt I made last summer and try out some more straight line quilting.  I did try the spray basting, but it made such a stink!  I know I should do it outdoors but how do I tape the backing down on the dirty sidewalk and not get it dirty???  Any ideas?  I know I could put it on a sheet...but I can't tape it to the sheet to keep it tight....???

I'm off to sew....


  1. Hi! I wanted to offer a suggestion. I spray baste in the garage with the door up. I scrub the floor really well and allow it to dry. The first time I did it I had to scrub a lot. Since then, it takes much less time to scrub since I baste a quilt at least once a month. If you wanted to do it on the sidewalk you could do the same thing. I also don't bother to tape my backing to the floor at all.I lay out the batting first and smooth it out. Then I lay the backing face up on top and smooth it out.I roll one side of the backing back to the 1/2 way point and spray the batting on that half then unroll the backing a little at a time, smoothing it out as I go. Repeat on the other side. After the backing is adhered, I turn the whole thing over and repeat the process with my quilt top. I haven't had any issues with puckers in my backing or top this way since I am smoothing the fabric onto the batting, not the other way around. I hope this helps. The way I explained it, it might be clear as mud.;-) Let me know if you have any questions.

  2. I love the straight line quilting on the tumbler quilt and the quilt is very pretty. Your mug rug is also wonderful, so I know your partner will be thrilled.

  3. My process is similar to Sandy's - except I hang the back on the clothesline outside and spray it, then bring it in and smooth it onto the batting, which is taped to my living room (hardwood) floor. Trim the batting to the size of the backing, then flip it over and re-tape it to the floor, take the front outside and spray it, then bring it inside and apply it to the batting - and voila! You're done! Because you haven't sprayed inside, there's no huge stink or overspray on your floor!

  4. I use a fusible batting and find it far easier. It is not at all stiff and you can iron. It down again if it starts to come loose. I pin in the 4 corners.

  5. That's gorgeous -- now I know how I want to quilt my own tumblers if I ever get around to making one!

  6. I love the quilting on your tumbler quilt, it's really effective.

    When I use spray baste I never tape the backing down, but do it like Sandy does. Because the spray is repositionable it is easy if you do get a pucker, to just lift the fabric away from the batting and relay it, smoothing it again as you go.

  7. I LOVE this quilt!

    How much fabric did you need for the backing & binding? I need to order fabric via the internet so it would be really useful to have some idea in advance.


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