05 February 2011
The Double 4-Patch is progressing at a rapid pace. Still on a mission to use what I have, I pieced the batting together for the quadrants. I am doing the machine quilting on my Bernina using my favorite technique from Marti Michell’s book, Machine Quilting in Sections. Here is a link to a video on YouTube about this book.
Like I said, I use my 1080 Bernina to do the quilting and the piecing on the batting. When I do the batting, I use my #10 Edge Foot. Can you see the flange there between the two pieces of batting? I smooch (technical term) the two pieces together in front of the foot and the flange keeps them just the right amount apart to stitch. The stitch I use is one that is designed for butting two items together; I lengthen the stitch so it doesn’t pucker.
Then it was on to basting. I keep my basting table set up in my unfinished basement. One of these days, I really want to try the hand basting with the boards, but for now, I used my old stand-by method with the safety pins and my old banquet table. I got all four quadrants basted on Friday. Yipee!
After using the table as-is the first time,I raised it with PVC pipe. If you do this you need to pop the caps off the legs. I can baste quite a bit using this method and my knees and back thank me for raising the table. Stay tuned.