Layering Your Quilt

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In this lesson you will learn how to correctly layer your quilt to avoid any puckering.

Before layering can begin, make sure you have all necessary quilting lines drawn onto quilt top using a quilter's pencil or similar, that will fade away.

Take your time when layering your quilt, 90% of successful machine quilting is in
the pinning and layering. You need to do this on a flat service. A vinyl floor is
ideal or a large table.

Step One: Firstly, press all seams flat on the quilt top. Press the backing well also.

Machine Quilting - Pressing flat

Make sure there are no loose threads on back of the quilt top, especially dark threads that lay on white fabric. If they remain there, they will be visible from the right side after quilting.

machine quilting - remove loose threads

Step Two: Lay the backing, wrong side facing up, on a flat service. Use masking tape to secure in place so the backing is smooth and taut.

machine quilting - tape backing taut

Keep tape in line with the grain of fabric, not on the bias as this stretches the backing out of shape.

machine quilting - tape on straight of grain

Note: For large quilts, clips can be used by clipping the quilt over the edge of the table and then the quilt can be pinned in sections.

machine quilting - use bulldog clips

Step Three: Now add the batting, do not stretch it, just smooth it in place.

machine quilting - layer batting

Note: Back fabric and batting should be larger than quilt top.

Step Four: Place the quilt top smoothly over batting, right side up, again making sure not to stretch it.

machine quilting - smooth quilt top in place

Step Five: Using safety pins baste the three layers together, starting in the centre and work out. Avoid pinning across quilting and seam lines. Place the pins approximately 3” apart or closer for thick batting.

machine quilting - pin layers together

When finished, remove tape and turn over to the back. Run your hands over the backing, there should be no fullness backing up against any pins.

machine quilting - check back for smoothness

If there is none, you are ready to begin quilting.

 

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