Not one to call myself an idiot, I have to admit I found the 'Idiots guide to Quilting' book is an excellent resource to fall back on.
I found there is so much information about quilting online, in the library and from lovely people 'in the know' I was getting a bit overwhelmed with it all.
What I loved about this book in particular, for me, was that it was simple to understand.
Does that mean I really am an idiot?
Better not answer that question! :)
I really enjoyed the interesting snippets of the history of quilting.
Heaps of tips and hints and inspiration.
In my previous post about my first quilt, I had pieced the squares and sewen them together.
The next step was to 'sandwich' the backing, the batting and the top of the quilt together.
I say wow because I had never done this before and I must say was a bit apprehensive.
It takes a lot of time and I waited until I had a spare day to get on with it.
Anyhow, I bought a packet of curved safety pins because I was at the pinning stage.
They are brilliant and make this part effortless.
I was surprised.
I laid the backing fabric right side down on our dining table outside on the deck
I then had to tape it to the table so that it wouldn't move.
Next came the cotton batting layer on top.
The top of the quilt right side up was the final layer.
I began to pin through all three layers in each corner of the squares with these amazing curved safety pins.
A quilt sandwich!
After sandwiching the backing, the batting and the top of the quilt, the safety pins began to sparkle as the afternoon sun descended.
Our huge dining table on the deck was the perfect place to lay out and pin all layers together.
Then it was time to sew.
I went for simple stitching on a diagonal angle through each square.
Remembering, I am using the machine and not hand stitching.
That is as far as I have got.
However, I am now up to Chapter 17 which is entitled 'The Finishing Touches.'
Trimming and binding around the quilt.
Then it will be finished.
Will keep you posted