So I learned a lesson this week while playing about with some quilt as you go (QAYG).  When I've seen it described in tutes, it seems like a piece of fabric is plopped onto your batting and quilted in place, then another piece added and so on.  At no point have I ever seen them mention basting, but do you know what happens with larger pieces if you don't baste?  You get galloping fabric creep *sigh*  If you look at the photo below, you can see the bit ringed at the top where I didn't baste:


You'll note that the batting doesn't run in a nice straight line, in fact it's warped all out of shape, and bursting out at one point on the right!  What might be less obvious is that the fabric, which started off with its edges parallel to the batting, is now definitely not, and in the lower ringed bit, that straight line down the middle isn't straight, or even parallel to the edges either.

I might have screamed a little before I regrouped, and spray basted a teeny bit as I added each piece of fabric after that.  And see that edge at the bottom?  It's actually straight, and not warped or anything - yay!  Now if you'll excuse me, I need to finish doing battle with this, catch you laters!

16 comments:

  1. Yeah, doing battle sounds about right after the start you had. I'll attempt to remember that if I ever try! Juliex

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  2. Spray baste the crap out of it! I hate when the creeping happens

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  3. Beat off those creeps as best you can! Hope you are starting to feel a little better :)

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  4. Oh bugger! I don't baste when I do it - but I've only used fairly small pieces of fabric. I tend to take it slooow with the walking foot too. And I iron each piece across rather than finger press which sticks it to the batting pretty well. Hope the rest was a bit less sweary - looking forward to seeing it :o)

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  5. I would have cried and used lots of four letter words.

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  6. Feeling brave eh? Looks like it'll turn out nicely x

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  7. ARGH! That is so frustrating! I think they make a product that will fuse another piece of batting to that one if you need. Of course I can't remember WTH it's called.

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  8. OMG. I'm not sure if I would've cussed, cried, taken the scissors to it, or what. But I'm really glad you mentioned basting first. Some day I do plan a QAYG bag, so I am now a tad more prepared. BTW, have a wonderful Christmas!

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  9. I know you must have turned the air blue with all of the cussing. I would have and I'm a nice old lady who hardly ever curses.
    I've never spray basted but I've also never machine quilted so there are a lot of things I still need to do isn't there? Hope you're feeling better and hope your Christmas is a merry one. Hugs

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  10. Oh dear! Probably not what you needed at this time, hope you have recovered your goodwill to all men and batting vibe!

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  11. Errrrr...I hate that when that happens. And yes I have been down that road and sad down and cried.
    Oma Linda

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  12. Good to know that you need to baste it...I've never seen it mentioned either but I've also never done it with anything really big.

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  13. Ah, the batting may have won that fight but you shall will the war!!

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