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Quilt Sandwich

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I have  basted my quilt top using safety pins to my  batting and backing, creating the sandwich of fabrics and it is now ready for quilting.  Since I did not have a table big enough to hold my quilt I laid it out on the basement floor which has a layer of exercise rubber matting.  I also placed plastic drop cloth painters used over the floor to prevent getting my fabric dirty. The basement floor was perfect, because I was able to lay out my backing fabric on the plastic, I skipped taping with masking tape, because of the rubber matting on the floor, I was able to pin the backing fabric directly to the rubber matting and kept it taut using straight pins.  Once I had pinned my batting and quilt top to the back fabric with safety pins, I was able to remove the plastic quite easily if it was caught by the pins. Quilt Sandwich, Top, Batting and Backing All pinned up and ready for quilting

Quilt Top

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I have completed my lap quilt top, I only need to add a small border, still debating if I want to add one, and then I need to create my quilt sandwich and quilt all layers together.  The quilt can easily become a full size quilt by adding wider sashing strips between blocks and a wide border on all sides, but I am sticking to the lap quilt option. It took some time for me to sort out my own layout of each block. I chose to connected my blocks on the long side, 5 blocks at a time then long sashing that I join between each row of 5 block panel, the instructor went with the 4 block sashed together method. I chose to go with a dark blue backing fabric, there were a few colors that stood out in these blocks, one of them was the blue, and I wanted a more neutral color on the back since each block had so much white and other prominent colors.  But to keep quilt back interested I went with a floral print.  Quilt top with Sashing all blocks connected All 20 Quilt Blocks