I’ve read all the articles, I’ve looked at online videos and tutorials, yet basting has been the bane of my existence for rather a long time. No matter how careful I am, how much I follow all the directions, I just never managed to get it right–until I recently found the method that works best for me. Luckily, that happened before Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine asked me to write an article on basting quilts! And, drum roll, here it is, in the September/October 2014 issue (MQU is available at Barnes and Noble and other retailers, but you can order a single issue or a subscription, here–click on Order where you can select print, digital or back issues).
The article is SEVEN pages long, with lots of photos. It opens with my newest major quilt, of Eli running at the Camden Hills course during Cross Country season last year.
It also shows how I basted Joshua’s graduation quilt, 87 x 97 inches (BIG). Even though the back was pieced and is effectively a second “front” of the quilt, I managed to quilt it with not a single tuck or “oops” on the back! Given that the improvisational piecing was less than perfectly flat, I was elated. I’ve finally figured it out!
I hope you’ll pick up a copy–let me know how you like the article and if you have any questions. That’s how I figure out what to teach and what to write in my articles. ENJOY! Now, I’m going back to read all the other wonderful articles. Honestly, even if I didn’t get to write for MQU every now and then, it is a great magazine, the only one that specifically addresses machine quilting as its primary focus, and one that I read cover to cover every issue. Best of all for those not in the US, it is now available digitally so you can enjoy it without having to pay outrageously expensive international shipping (wish a couple of the Aussie and NZ magazines would do that!).