I was planning to use two battings with this and was concerned about how to get it basted properly. Many years ago I had used spray basting with great results so I pulled out the can and started basting. In about an hour it was ready to hit the machine!!
When I first started, things were going great but as I worked further out from the center I started having trouble with my needle getting gummed up and skipping stitches!! I kept persevering but when it got to the point that I was having to re-start about every 6 inches, I decided that I needed to chuck it and start over!!!…….ARGH!!!!!…….
In thinking about this, I believe that the problem was that I over-sprayed AND, with two battings, there were THREE layers of spray!!
This is really disappointing to me, but I know of some things that I wanted to do differently so now I have the chance to do it!!
For the first tracing, I had borrowed a wonderful light box from a quilting friend, and I have now used this disaster as an excuse to purchase one for myself….it arrives from Amazon today!!!
Also, I am rethinking using the blue wash-out markers as they were pretty expensive and I wasn’t particularly happy with the crispness of the lines. I did some research and read that many people have used “Crayola Ultra Clean Washable markers” with great results. A package of Fine Point markers arrived yesterday…..
…..ironed them heavily and then washed them out….completely clean.
BUT, in reading the instructions it suggests that you should wash them out as soon as possible, so I am a bit concerned if I don’t get to the quilting just after I mark it. To that, end, I have run another test and will let it sit for a time before I use them to mark.
I am actually having Rotator-Cuff surgery next Thursday so wont be quilting for a while so that should give some time for the test piece to “ferment”!!
I also realized (about 3/4 of the way thru marking) that, if I ironed freezer paper to the back of the fabric, it made the marking SO much easier and SO much more accurate. I am looking forward to using this technique to make sure that my circles are true!!
Finally, I was a bit concerned that, when I squared up the project, I would end up cutting off the corner peacock’s head so I am going to give it a bit more room this time.
I need to re-think the two battings a bit as both were from my stash and I am not sure exactly what one of them was made from (I really should mark them)!! I am thinking that I will use a fusible batting for the bottom one and that way I can just iron it on. I need to do some research about which “fluffy” batting to use this time!! I am thinking that I will do safety pin basting to finish out the project although I really hate to add the bulk to the piece that I am trying to push thru my machine!!