Open Line Friday–Do YOU Stabilize Your Quilts?

Nine Patch QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday!  Everyone asks….Everyone Answers!

We have more than 10,000 experts from all areas of quilting and great minds don’t always think alike!

(BTW…I want to thank (and curse) all of you for your help on my English Paper Piecing questions.  Great advice and links for me to follow…for hours into the night!–If you missed it, check out the comments English Paper Piecing HERE.)

STABILIZING

Today I would like to hear YOUR ideas on stabilizing,

What works for YOU…what doesn’t….

Do YOU stabilize your quilts before you begin free motion quilting?

Please join the discussion!

MY STABILIZING METHOD

After the quilt is layered and basted…

(I used Warm and White Cotton batting for this quilt because it has white blocks and I didn’t want to discolor with a darker batting.)
Warm and White Batting,

I like to stitch in the ditch along the major blocks using a fine weight thread-so the stitching line is almost invisible.

Read all about Stabilizing Quilts HERE

Nine Patch QuiltStabilizing is adding another type of basting–only it is not removed.
Nine Patch QuiltTHE ADVANTAGE OF STABILIZING

Once the quilt is stabilized it can be quilted in any order.  You don’t have to quilt it from the center out.  Also, as you are scrunching and moving the quilt the layers can’t shift.  Nine Patch QuiltThis is one of my favorite things….
Nine Patch Quilt

A blank canvas…ready for quilting!!!

What about YOU?

Do YOU stabilize your quilts?

What is YOUR method?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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Quilting The Big Quilt-Baskets

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

As you know, I spent most of last week in Denver filming my second Craftsy video.

It’s taken me a few days to wade through the piles of laundry and now I’m digging in to a long overdue project.

This birthday quilt is for my sister, Pat (Hi, Pat!)  and was created by my Mom, sisters, Pat’s daughters and a few sewing sisters.

I’m so excited to get started on it and give it the time it deserves!

WHERE TO BEGIN – THE BIG QUILT

My Mom always said, “When you don’t know where to begin, just begin!”

It’s amazing how often I say that to myself!

I am often subject to “paralysis by analysis”…I don’t know what I want to do, so I don’t do anything…

Most of the time, the best thing I can do is “just begin”.

STABILIZING THE QUILT

Begin quilting the stabilization lines.

Every quilt needs to be stabilized.

In this quilt, I began stabilizing around the borders (see Ann Petersen’s Craftsy Class:  Big Quilts, Small Machine, Better Results)  Ann’s theory is that the borders are the most important area to keep straight and that if your quilt is well basted, you can stabilize the borders first and ease the center.  This is a very reasonable theory to me, so I’m giving it a whirl on this quilt.  (PS…Ann also does a great job demonstrating how to spray baste a large quilt!)

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

BONDING WITH YOUR QUILT

Once I stabilized the entire quilt-borders and blocks– I stitched each basket.

To do this, I stitched very close to each of the handles and in the ditch of every triangle.

So far, this has taken 7-1/2 hours.  I’m not in any rush—I am bonding with the quilt!

While I stitch all the stabilization, I am starting to get a feel for the fabric and the motifs and am thinking about possible ways to quilt it.  

The ideas are flowing now….

More ideas than if I stared at the quilt for 7-1/2 hours!  It’s amazing!

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NEXT STEPS-TIME TO DOODLE!

Now that I have some ideas, I will trace the basket and make several copies of it in my sketchbook and doodle a few options

What about YOU?

How do YOU bond with your quilts?  Where do you start when you don’t know where to start?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!