Basting Saga con’t

Well, I sanded my boards and got them fairly smooth.  I started basting and taking pictures.  I got about 2×4 square feet done and thought I wonder if I could do this tedious task with dissolving thread.  I wasn’t sure there was such a thing but I found a recommendation for Vanish brand and found that at Sew Thankful .  A 2000 yard cone for about $27.00. Yikes! Sure 2000 yards is a lot and will probably bast a huge number of quilts, but that is kind of a lot for one cone of thread.  I am really hopeful this will work and I am willing to risk 30 dollars and my waterwheel quilt to see if I can bast my quilt using a variation of Sharon Schamber’s method.

When I get my just ordered dissolving thread, I intend to bast the entire quilt with it in the same fashion as Sharon, but I am using a different batting and my quilt is much larger than her example.  I am working in sections and beginning each section by starting in the middle and working out to the sides. I then intend to quilt over the basted quilt with my actual quilting, after which I shall wash in cold water and dry in a medium heat dryer.

I looked into the wool batting and the least expensive way to buy it is by the case from Batt-Mart.  But that is only saving about 5 dollars per queen size quilt.  Not a big savings, but worth it after I buy a couple and experiment.  I am not overly fond of the cotton batt.  I’m using an 80% cotton/20% polyester on the waterwheel, and I am not all that thrilled with it either, except I know it won’t shrink as much as 100% cotton.  But I am thinking from now on I will wash my quilts in cold water and medium heat dry.  I have neither space nor inclination to baby my quilts with a hand wash and lay flat to dry.

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