Friday, January 7, 2011

Finally some progress

I saw a video about spray basting up on a wall so I tried it with my 3 'crooked cobblestone' quilts.  I can see that I need to put a lot more pins in the backing so it doesn't wrinkle while I'm smoothing out the batting and then the top.
Then I went straight to the machine and ditch quilted the vertical seams between the columns, and on 2 of them, ditch quilted where the border is sewn on.  Now the big decision is how much more quilting and what colors of thread.

Someone asked a couple days ago where to buy builder's Styrofoam sheets.  I bought mine at our local lumberyard which has gone out of business, but I think you can find them at Lowe's, Menard's, Home Depot, or whatever home building supply company you have in your area.  The sheets are 4' x 8' and come in a lot of different thicknesses.  Since mine are freestanding and movable I went with the 1" thick.  If you are mounting them on the wall you may want thinner.

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26 comments:

hetty said...

Interesting way to sandwich a quilt. I have never seen it done like that.

karenfae said...

I have heard so many people say that they use the insulation boards and love them because the can take them up and down when needed. If you can baste a quilt standing up I am all for it!!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jackie said...

I just mounted my new design wall in December. I also used the insulation board. We got it at Lowes. They will even cut it to the size that you need. I like it because you can stick pins into it without harming the sheetrock beneath it.

Barbara said...

what beautiful jewel tones in those batiks - truly a pleasurable study in color - love how the brown border brings everything together yet shows them off. The magic of color never ceases to amaze me.

I love your cobblestone quilts over the years, Wanda and finally think I have acquired enough batiks to begin one. In searching the cobblestone term on the blog, I read your May 26, 2008 post. Think I will start slow with a big table runner but I am inspired to make this concept for my son (30) - as always, thanks for your blog and gracious replies to my million questions

patty a. said...

I bought my insulation board at either Lowe's or HD. I have two sheets side by side on one wall of my studio and I had enough room for 7 feet on another wall. I ended up putting one screw (with a washer behind it) in the top of each panel. The panels were bending and would not stay up with a lot of heavy stuff on them. Since I don't need to move them it works out to screw them to the wall. I think if I would have bought thicker insulation boards (mine are 1") they may not bend, but the 1" was all I could afford at the time. I do have to say this was one of the best things I ever invested in though. I don't know now how I ever survived without them!
You know my feelings about quilting - more is better! The color - looks like any color would work - there are so many beautiful colors in this piece. What about using a varigated thread?

frebblebit said...

Yay, the Cobblestone Quilts! I LOVE these!

I have other quilts in the queue, but I bought batiks all summer long, and a Cobblestone quilt is the next one to be started "from scratch".

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Morning Wanda,
Do you spray your design wall or the wall of you room.
I see the newspapers is that for the overspray.
Love the quilt.
Mary Ann

Bunny said...

Love that quilt. I use 505 spray a lot for sandwiching my quilts but usually do it on the floor. I do not have a large free wall. Wish I did.

Chris said...

Wow Wanda, I think this is one of my most favorite quilts of yours! The colors are just fantastic! Love those wonky cobblestones. Does the basting spray affect the "breathability" of the inside air?

HollyM said...

I must say that is one of my favorite quilts. I also use a flannel covered Styrofoam, although I have had to cut it a little to fit my space. I'll keep the spray basting in mind. Do you find it ever gums up the needle or could that just have been an old can perhaps?

dls said...

Love this quilt! My eye goes right to the center then out to the edges.... it's the color placement..... great job!!!

Where did you find the pattern?

Amazing Videos said...

Wow great Skill Friend..

Vicki W said...

I wish I could use basting spray. It wakes up my asthma though. It has so many great uses!

Cathi said...

I love the light in the centre of that quilt -- it is beautiful!

Belinda said...

WOW Wanda...another great quilt!! I have heard the 505 spray is the best...I have another brand and it gums up my needle!!
I really enjoyed your previous posts with all your collage photos of your work. I have followed your idea of hanging up my quilt tops and measuring and pinning labels with the details of what is lacking to get them finished! It puts them all in one place and is a reminder to me of them everytime I open up my sewing closet!!

Muddling Through said...

Well, that would sure beat crawling around on the floor, which I don't do because the floor is not where I want a quilt - too much dog and cat hair. LOL

I am loving that crooked cobblestone. It just GLOWS!

shannon said...

i must of missed this quilt's orginal post!!

i love it is so pretty!!!

thanks for sharing -shannon

Laura Bradley said...

Hi...I wondering how you liked the spray baste and what brand and where you bought it? I wanted to use it to baste the finished top with the batting and the back before I am off to the machine to quilt. I think it would be awesome to use so I dont have to pin it all..which sometimes leaves pin holes and is frustrating to have to move the pins when free quilting...I think it sounds great..but does it work and does it discolor your fabric or change its feeling..make it more flammable or less archival? etc...? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Jody said...

you just keep blowing our sox off!

*karendianne. said...

I really enjoyed reading how you tackled this one, sewing the vertical rows and then in the ditch quilting, too. You rock.

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

I never thought to spray baste quilts on the wall, that sure beats crawling around on the floor! It's a good idea when you answer questions on your post, it helps someone else who had the same question.

Loving your cobblestones!

Linda

GerryART said...

Several of my blogger friends leave comments with no-reply-blogger
I don't always check the return address when I respond to their comments and know that many of my return comments have gone into cyber space.
This morning I cut and paste your instructions to a good friend and by this afternoon she had remedied her status.
Thanks from the both of us.
Dry Hugs,
Gerry
no rain here in days

Dora, the Quilter said...

Please be sure to have very good ventilation when using the spray. I found the fumes could linger for a long time. I was making a lot of quilts for our Victory Quilt group so I decided to go back to pin and thread basting.

Judy said...

Wow! I love the colors and how you've arranged your blocks. Very nice!!

nanann said...

LOVE this quilt! It really just glows. I'm especially fascinated with how it glows even with some really dark pieces in the middle.

Pat said...

I love this quilt also. You can buy the boards at Home Depot but you need someone to transport it home for you as 8' does not fit in a car. LOL