A Quilty Kind of Girl

April 20, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday – Basting Large Quilts with Misty Fuse

Filed under: Quilting,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am
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Are you excited? Have you been looking forward to learning how you can baste a larger quilt with Misty Fuse, and ALMOST no pins? ;) It’s really close to pinless, HONEST!! So I’m going to show you how to baste a backing to batting using Misty Fuse. Now it really doesn’t matter, if it’s the quilt top or the quilt backing, because both sides have to be done right? and the trouble here is that I can not show you this quilt, as it is my next Bake Shop goodie, and well, you all know that MUST remain a surprise!!

FYI – The table I did this process on, is exceptionally wide. A typical ironing board might work depending on the size of your quilt. The batting will be layered up which will protect your surface, but chose where you baste your quilt wisely. You are pressing, and dealing with high heat. If you had an area large enough to lay out the entire quilt, it would save you from having to fold.
This quilt backing measures 44 X 55.

A few abbreviations before I begin…
H = Horizontal
V = Vertical
MF = (guess?!) Misty Fuse

MistyFuseBaste1

Fold batting in half horizontally. Pin the left and right side to mark the vertical centers of the batting. Also place a pin at the horizonatal center. This will assist you to line up the layers of your quilt accurately.

Yes! This IS two photos spliced together… what mad photo editing skills right? ;)
Misty Fuse Baste 2

Roll out Misty Fuse horizontally along the fold, from edge of batting to opposite edge of batting.

MistyFuseBaste3

The backing fabric must be folded with right sides of fabric together. Find the horizontal center before placing quilt. LIne up the H center of batting and backing then pin. Smooth fabric evenly to one side and pin the V center of batting and backing. Repeat for other side. Press evenly starting in center, working out towards the sides. Do not allow iron to contact MF.

Misty Fuse Baste 4

At the edge of the fused area, fold back the backing. Roll out another layer of MF as close to the edge as possible.

Misty Fuse Baste 5

Flip the backing fabric over the MF to press in place.

Misty Fuse Baste 7

The top half of the backing is fused in place. The lower half has been unfolded and now needs fusing.

Misty Fuse Baste 8

Fold back the fabric which needs fusing. Lay out MF along the previously fused edge. Fold fabric back over MF, smotthing out evenly from middle. Press in the same manner.

Misty Fuse Baste 9

Place MF under the remaining area in need of fusing. Fold fabric over, and press to finish fusing the backing to the batting.

Once you have basted the backing, you may then flip the whole thing over, and carry on to baste the front. Do not forget to center the top onto the batting. If you have any questions at ALL, do not hesitate to ask in the comments, or even send me an email. I’m always happy to help. :)

Now for the REALITY CHECK!!
Here in Canada, I can purchase a meter ( hehe an extra 3 inches!!) of Misty Fuse at my local quilt shop for $5.
39 X 20 inches = $5.
My quilt = (40 X 50) + backing (44 X 55) = 2.56m + 3.10m = 5.56 m of Misty Fuse
5.56m X $5/m = $27.80

$27.80 to baste a crib size quilt. Seems a little pricey, but consider, if we bought the large 100 yard bolt, directly from Misty Fuse, the price drops to $2.25 per YARD ( so a slight difference in calculation.), which would make the price roughly HALF! Considerable savings right? PLUS!! I just noticed that MF is ALSO available in 35 inch wide! *SWEET*

What it all comes down to my Quilty Friends, is how much do you HATE to baste quilts with pins?! Is it worth the investment? Personally, I think so, but this is a choice you will need to evaluate for yourself. :)

Before I sign off, don’t forget to enter the Make Life Layer Cake Giveaway.….

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

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12 Comments »

  1. Great idea. I have used Misty Fuse before and was not sure I liked it since it was so thin. But now, I have come to love the stuff. It doesn’t add bulk like my other favorite fusible web. Thanks for the instructions.

    Comment by Trish — April 20, 2010 @ 5:38 am | Reply

  2. I have signed up for the quiltsymposium. Can’t wait to try Misty Fuse, you make it look so easy

    Comment by Eileen Snee — April 20, 2010 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  3. I love Misty Fuse and this method of “basting” a quilt looks great, but I do find it too expensive to do large projects with. Even with the price drop to $2.25/m it’s still an initial outlay of $225, which is a bit beyond my means right now :(

    Comment by What Comes Next? — April 20, 2010 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  4. What a great idea! I have used Misty Fuse for applique and like it a lot, but never thought of basting a quilt with it.
    Thank you for sharing :-)

    Comment by kameleonquilt — April 20, 2010 @ 10:47 am | Reply

  5. I have never heard of this method of quilt basting before – go figure. I think it would be too expensive for a quilt though. Is there an issue with spray basting?? That’s what I’ve been doing to avoid those pins.

    Comment by CJ — April 20, 2010 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  6. Does Misty Fuse ‘yellow’ the quilted item over time? Some adhesive products have yellowed fabrics in the past…. so I’ve been reluctant to use them.

    Comment by Jean — April 20, 2010 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  7. I am trying it on a small table runner.. I too agree that it is not cost effective. I really don’t mind pinning but my fingers do get sore..And sometimes I use a spray which is nice too.
    Thanks,
    Maggey

    Comment by Margaret — April 22, 2010 @ 6:03 am | Reply

  8. i’m definitely misty-eyed over Misty Fuse. and totally up for a swap! how many paper plates/napkins do you want?? haha! also the edits on my blog…those were for you, so i’m glad you noticed ;) xok

    Comment by kate spain — April 23, 2010 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  9. Thanks for the lesson Bradie…sort of what i thought, but it helps me to “see” it done. Can’t wait to try it.

    Comment by Deb~overtheroadquilter — April 24, 2010 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  10. I don’t have a lot of experience using fusibles, so I’m sorry if this is a dumb question :) Would it work to do around the edges of each side, and then pin in the middle? I was thinking that if you/I/we could secure the edges, it would keep the layers of the quilt sandwich from shifting, but would be more cost effective.

    Comment by Lindsey — April 26, 2010 @ 11:55 am | Reply

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  12. Thanks for this wonderful idea for basting. Couple of questions :
    As I’m using flannel backing for warmth, will it stick ok on flannel?
    And using 2 layers (one between backing and batting and one between top and batting) will it make quilt much stiffer? How close does quilting stitches need to be so MF doesn’t come adrift with occasional washing of quilt?
    Also, I recently saw a quilt where the backing had decorative sewing lines on it that weren’t in line with the quilting lines on the front of the quilt. Does using MF mean the top and back can be decorated individually then connected to the batting using MF and would this hold for the life of the quilt without the backing being sewn through the 3 layers?
    Thanks again from Australia! (I’ve just ordered 10 yards of MF)

    Comment by Roseanna Addison — January 17, 2014 @ 4:35 pm | Reply


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