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Step 20: Quilt sandwich - pinning and trimming.

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You want to pin through all three layers around the outside of the quilt.

Once the outside is pinned, trim all around the edges. I normally leave a couple inches on each side.
(And keep the excess fabric from the sheet - we're going to be using that to make the binding!)

Now, if you're really worried that you might have bumps - flip the quilt over and check out the back once it's pinned around the edges.

In this case, my sheet wasn't wanting to play nice (see the bumps on picture 3?), so I pinned and smoothed one more time. Once you're satisfied, flip it back over and pin like a madperson.

Seriously, pin all over. The more pins you have, the smoother it'll stay while sewing. As long as your pins are in the middle of squares, you'll be fine. :)
 
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Great tutorial! Try 505 Basting Spray. No pins needed. It holds together as long as you need (for over a year if you can't get back to it right away), comes apart if you need to readjust and doesn't gum up your needle or sewing machine. I have a very expensive machine, and have had no problems. It runs about $12.99 a can and a little goes a long way. Joann's has it if you don't know where to find it.
cdye3 years ago
i LOVE the curved pins idea...i have tried so many many things to STOP stabbing myself so much, but must admit that Istill do! I checked at our local store and they don't carry then, but i'm going to look online and maybe i can find some there!

PS I LOVE YOUR TUTORIAL!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!!! I LOVE QUILTING AND YOU MADE THIS THE EASIEST TO UNDERSTAND I'VE EVER SEEN!!! THANK YOU BOTH!!! :)
CherylTX3 years ago
(I'm just going along step by step LOVING your tutorial, I can't believe we do things so similarly) If you haven't already run across curved safety pins made especially for pinning your quilt sandwich, I bet you'd love them. The curve makes pinning go much smoother and faster. Also, the straight pins would always stick me when I wrangled everything to my sewing machine. But taking all of them out is slower.