Saturday, November 5, 2011

Steamed & Loaded Backing

I've always said that I'm one that dislikes having to iron things.  Don't get me wrong, I do iron when assembling blocks but when the items get larger, I dislike fighting them on the ironing board.  Plus, by the time you iron the bottom, the top part is on the floor and wrinkling again.

So, I've been a fan of steaming my backings.  Just enough to get the major wrinkles out.  There are always little ripples here and there but it's good enough for me.  I don't create quilts for competitions.  So, I fold up the backing and hang it from my steamer and a few minutes later, I'm ready to load the backing on the quilt frame.  I usually steam the front folded item and the back and reach in and get the inside too.  Wrinkled on the left and steamed on the right.

I loaded the Hunter's Star quilt backing yesterday on the quilt frame and had to take photos as well.  Every time I pin a quilt backing to the top and bottom leaders, I watch constantly for balance.  However, the one thing I always forget to do is to wrap the leader around the tension pole (my name for the pole)  In the end, I always need to pull out that pole and replace it on top of the quilt.  It makes me laugh that I continue to do it every time.  I might as well accept this as my normal.  I guess it's because when pinning the top part, it's too hard to pin around that pole.

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