Bonnard back

‘Tis done.

It went nice and quickly. I did a bunch of strip piecing and then sewed a lot of random leftover squares together to make other strips. Jumble them up, make sure there’s one of the random strips in each set, sew it all up, stitch the red fabric to the sides and there you have it.

Next is cutting the batting to size from my big roll, and then sandwiching. Normally with a quilt this size I’d be pin basting, but I want to have a go at spray basting, as I think the pins will drive me mad while I’m hand quilting. The one slight problem is that I don’t have anywhere outside that’s big enough and clean enough to lay the quilt out flat. Our weather’s very hot, very dry and everywhere’s very dusty. I think it’ll have to be a couple of picnic tables on the back patio, working fast so I don’t die of heatstroke, and I’ll have to work section by section.

I’ve seen a video tutorial where you wind each of the three layers onto pool noodles with a dowel rod up the centre to stiffen them, layer them up as usual and then unroll just a short section of the backing, spray, roll the batting across it, smooth and spray, and then roll the top across it, and smooth and spray that. It seemed sort of straightforward (famous last words…), so I got myself some noodles in the post-Christmas sales for the princely sum of $4 each. Bonnard is wider than the length of the noodle, so I shall have to cut a section from a spare to add to the end to extend it. I’ll let you know how I get on, and provide a link if it’s successful.

Time to go and cut batting and fluff it up in the tumble dryer to get rid of the creases.

40 thoughts on “Bonnard back

  1. Happy noodling. And PLEASE don’t collapse from heatstroke 😦

  2. tialys says:

    I think I did something similar to this with one of my F2F quilts but had Mr. Tialys on hand to help with the rolling up. Good luck.

    • tialys says:

      Oh no – just remembered. It was the ‘tresses’ quilt that I eventually sent off to be professionally quilted. Obviously my rolling effort didn’t amount to much – I hope yours goes better 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        Righto, I shall be suitably cautious! I must say, the quilt shown in the video is just baby-quilt size, so I may have to be a bit more meticulous about keeping the layers taut.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! I’m going to get a big polythene drop sheet and drape it over the dining table to catch the overspray. The weather shows no signs of cooling down, nor the wind dropping, neither of which is exactly conducive to tidy work!

  3. Hope the physical part of this is not too arduous in the heat. It amuses me that crafts that are often considered ‘genteel’ can actually involve some significant physical work… felting, basket making, quilting… and the weight-lifting associated with getting a sewing machine in the right place for use.
    The back turned out really beautifully.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do *loads* of walking when I make these 16-patch blocks. Stitch a line, get up, press it, back, stitch another line, get up, press it, and so on. Assembling the layers of the back won’t be too arduous, but I will need to be organised and careful. Glad you like the back 🙂

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I can’t pretend to understand all that rolling, but I really like this quilt so very much. Do stay cool and drink lots of water the heat sound so intense.

    • katechiconi says:

      I could explain in more detail, but I think that’s a whole lot of detail you don’t want or need! I’m used to the heat and how to get along in it. Mostly it involves doing stuff early morning and after the sun’s gone down, and going to ground in the hottest part of the day…

  5. craftycreeky says:

    I’ve seen that on facebook too, I must admit I tend to use the floor, I put a large sheet down, pin the quilt layers to the carpet, spraying a bit at a time. I’ve also found with the last couple I’ve done that it is worth turning it over and checking the backing and adjusting if needed.I’ll be interested to read how you get on with the spray baste and hand-quilting as Sarah Fielke said it gummed up your needle, I’m thinking of getting my Rabbit quilted machine basted before I hand quilt it as it is just so big!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d probably do it that way if I had a big enough bit of floor and carpet! The whole house is hardwood floorboards (much nicer in hot weather!). I shall work on my 3 metre long dining table, and tape the leading edges down so I can keep things taut. I’m hand quilting the EPP pattern I’m testing for Carla, which I spray basted, and I’m quite happy with the results, no gummy needles so far. Perhaps it’s to do with the brand used… I reckon getting the Rabbit Hole quilt machine basted is an excellent idea.

  6. rutigt says:

    Noodle????? Had to look it up and all my dictionary said was “stupid head, skull, food”. Trying to imaging you rolling your beautiful quilt on a noodle. Is it with shrimps or is it with beef?? 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      OK! A ‘pool noodle’ is a long thick cylinder of dense plastic foam which floats, and is used to help children float and play games in the water. They vary from 3 inches diameter to 6 inches, and are about 60 inches long. They have a hole all the way up the middle. Because they are foam, you can stick pins into them, so you can pin the edge of a quilt along the noodle and roll the fabric onto it.

  7. kathyreeves says:

    I love your backing, it makes for a complete story with the bits of red in the front! I have no experience with spray basting or using a noodle as a roller, it sounds plausible, so I hope it works!

  8. Kathy D says:

    The backing is gorgeous – love the red with the batiks!
    Will be waiting to hear how you make out with the noodles. I have seen a video of someone using boards (maybe 1×2) and rolling, but I like the noodle idea and being able to pin.
    I have a denim quilt top that has been waiting to get sandwiched but it is so heavy (nephew and niece sure could use it with the frigid temps) . Rolling and spray basting might just be the ticket.

    • katechiconi says:

      The colour scheme looks nice and cosy, doesn’t it? A nice contrast for the front… I saw the boards one too, but thought that if they were light enough to roll easily, they’d be too flexible to keep things properly straight. These noodles are both light and with a dowel up the centre, stiff enough to do the job, I hope!

  9. I’m intrigued by the pool noodle method. I’m looking forward to that update.

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    wow, the back is pretty too so you can use it both ways, it’s another stunner you made here !!

  11. nettyg says:

    Using your noodle there, girl, to get it basted? lol I’ve used the spray a few times, it worked well I found, depending on the brand. The best was one I bought at a quilt show, from The Scissor Man I think, it was expensive but worth it because the cheaper one I bought from Lincraft was awful and gummy. Love the brick red for the backing with it’s matching strip, it’s all looking very lovely, front and back.

    • katechiconi says:

      Better than noodling about not getting it done! I’m using an expensive spray, so hopefully it’ll hold its sticky till the job’s done. The Scissor Man has great gadgets – I got my LED light box from him, it’s only a centimetre deep and doesn’t get hot.

  12. anne54 says:

    Oh WOW! I am speechless! 💜 (Have fun with the noodles!)

  13. claire93 says:

    I’ve always added safety pins at regular intervals but quite widely spaced apart, even when using spray on baste and I always worry things will come unstuck.

    • katechiconi says:

      I wish someone would invent the ultimate quilt sandwich fixer, quickly achieved, free of sticky-outy bits, easy to adjust and kind to the back. In the meantime, I’ll give the noodles a go with spray baste but am sorely tempted to add some additional thread basting in case, as you say, things come unstuck…

  14. Lynda says:

    I will be interested to see how this works for you and may be enticed to try it myself… 🙂

  15. A friend is encouraging me to try spray basting tomorrow. Like you, I never have anywhere clean, flat and glue-proof to do it, so I am going to be cautiously spraying glue at her house.

    • katechiconi says:

      I recommend lots of butcher’s paper or a plastic drop sheet. I do spray individual blocks at home, having made myself a sort of spray booth from a cardboard box to prevent overspray, but I’ve never attempted anything so large.

  16. magpiesue says:

    Love how the back turned out! I don’t envy you the job of basting that beast. Wishing you the best of luck (and a cooler, still morning in which to work!).

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m hoping to get it done today, interruptions permitting! I think I’ll have to use the hoop for hand quilting. Normally I work at the table and use the weight of the fabric to keep things taut, but with spray baste I’m worried the layers might separate as I work. I may still end up thread basting the whole thing 😦

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