BEWARE! BE WARNED! Read the Sad Saga of the Batting Shrinkage after Pin-Basting Tale & Learn!
Once upon a time (yesterday afternoon), I pin-basted the Christmas on the Roundabout Road quilt. Normally I would have:
- placed the quilt backing on my kitchen floor, wrong side up; then
- gently layered the batting on the backing, ease to smooth; and then
- flung the pieced top over the layers.
Then I begin the “flip/smooth, flip/smooth, flip/smooth” portion of the task, flipping from front to back and lightly smoothing until I feel that both top and bottom will remain “tuck-less” while I machine quilt.
Yesterday I deviated from the usual routine and I added an extra step. I “flip/smooth“-ed after I added the batting AND after I added the top.
Then today (nearly 24 hours later) when I started to machine quilt with my walking foot along the lines of the sashing, I noticed that my walking foot wasn’t doing its job! Yikes! The fabric on top was pushing ahead of the foot , it was all I could do to control the puckers forming.
Not one to panic…no wait, honestly, I panicked…I turned the quilt over to find the same problem on the back. Huh??? After a cup of tea and a handful of granola (with dark chocolate bits), I realized that when I added the extra “flip/smooth” step, I was STRETCHING the cotton batting. The quilt batting had time to sit and relax overnight, back to its original shape, pulling the top and back up with it.
Learn from my mistake, ladies. Don’t end up like me – alone, eating chocolate and pin-basting the same quilt twice. Always, ALWAYS use a light touch with your fabrics and batting. I’m SERIOUS!
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” –Marian Wright Edelman