Monday, December 21, 2020

RAY quilt back & basting

Well once I got my RAY quilt top done, I took a little breather to do other things, but eventually rounded back to making a backing for it. I began by sewing all my leftover cut strips in a loose courthouse steps design, taking liberties considering the fabric I had. That section ended up at 32" square, and then I just started adding fabric to bring it to size. And don't worry, I ran out between rain squalls to grab a photo, but since then it's gotten a really good press.

After that, I just kept moving, because it was time for basting and I really do dread that part! Considering that I had hand-quilting planned, I chose to forgo my normal spray baste, and started in with the pins, which I hadn't done for soooo long. And it was going great. Until I ran out of pins with half a quilt to go.

Lucky me, I had seen Bob Bosscher thread baste his quilts with a herringbone stitch, and I'd been keen to try it. Bob has a great tutorial in his Instagram stories, and before long I was underway. And I didn't half mind it!

So I've proven that a combo method does work - ha. And before you know it, I hope to be quilting!


  1. I'm anxious to see your quilting process. I'm getting ready to big stitch quilt my first decent sized quilt and have lots of questions!

  2. I am a spray baster at heart. I've never tried the thread basting. I might need to give it a try the next time I need to baste. UGH. Merry Christmas!

  3. I thread baste all my quilts and have for a while now - I just really dislike pin basting. I inherited a bunch of old thread spools a couple of years back now and I use it to baste my quilts. It works wonderfully!