Saturday, January 9, 2021



Nope, not this kind (although it does look delicious). This quilt top needed to be sandwiched because I'll be quilting it. 

Crackled - a quilt designed by Aneela Hooey

After watching some videos on U-toob, I thought the pool noodle method would work but this quilt is a lot larger than I recalled - 64 x 76 inches thereabouts so that wasn't going to work.

Then I found this method which I had tried before with foldback clips which didn't work as my sewing table top is too thick. So I went and bought some clamps from the hardware store.

So what's so special about this method you ask? Lots of folks do this Ann, big deal! Ah, but you see Amelie (that's the lady in the video) has a neat trick.

She tapes skewers to the table to align with the seams and fold on your backing and quilt top. Genius.

Behold, the magic!

Seriously, this actually worked a treat and so did the clamps.  I had tried clamps before but don't have the strength to squeeze them open. These clamps, however, are much easier to use. You squeeze them to close them.

Yes, yes alright  you say but show us the work in progress . . . 

Ta-da! This method means that I can baste quilts at home without having to crawl on the floor.

Hmmm, I'm going to go and make sandwich. 


  1. Too funny! Thanks for the laugh and yes, that sandwich does look yummy. That's great that it worked well for you and you can baste quilts at home now. Happy stitching.

  2. Well, I'll be adding the skewers to my picnic table clamps!

  3. Beautiful sandwich! And hooray for getting closer to a finish already this year! I'll be watching for a final finish...

  4. I just love the skewers idea! Thank you. This is setting my brain working for other guide systems. I use clamps and usually use the side of the table to line up with but I think the skewers might work well as it keeps the centre aligned.


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