Infrastructure Week 10 - Top Assembly

YAY!  We've made it through all the rows and now it's time to start assembling the top.  Don't worry if you're not quite ready with all your rows, since this week is a less complicated week there is plenty of time to work on any unfinished rows.  Don't forget to check out Christa's blog for more tips on top assembly and basting for domestic machine quilting.

Infrastructure Rows 1-9 with Anne (Bea)


I have some quick top assembly tips, nothing earth shattering, but hopefully helpful.  I typically assemble my rows by doing the first half, in this case rows 1-5, then setting that aside and assembling the second half, rows 6-9.  Then I sew the two halves together.  This is really helpful when pressing seams.  Pressing seams gets a bit cumbersome at the end of the quilt, and by doing the top in two halves you don't have that problem.  If you look closely at the picture below I accidentally assembled one of the rows upside down but I correct the problem before quilting my top.

Infrastructure - quilt top


After the top is finished it's ready for basting.  Christa has a great video tutorial on spray basting your quilt, but I am going to talk briefly about loading the top on my longarm.  One of the reasons I press all my seams open is because I use a longarm to quilt.  If you send your quilts out to be quilted your longarmer will appreciate the same.

Infrastructure Quilt


Every longarm is different, but on my Gammill I like to attach the backing fabric to the canvas by basting it with a 1" stitch on the top and bottom.  I don't iron my backings before I load them, but I smooth the backing and spray it lightly with water to remove any creases as I roll my quilt.  However, I do square up my backings before loading them.  I then lay the batting on the backing and smooth it out. Finally, I center the top and smooth it.  Using my channel lock feature I bast the top and sides of my quilt top, this helps me keep the quilt square.  I float both my batting and top so Gammill's quilt clips are a necessity.  This takes about 30 mins from start to finish to load, and then it's time to quilt!

GIVEAWAY TIME!  This week Hobbs Batting has again donated some of their fabulous batting for this our giveaway. Christa used her favorite batting for this project, Hobbs Heirloom Cotton/Poly blend.




Leaving a comment below is the only way to be eligible to win. This will be the same for each week's giveaway. Comments made Monday through Friday will be entered into a random drawing so please be sure to leave your name and email address where you can be contact if you win. Comments without contact information will not be eligible for prize(s). The winner will be announced the following Monday in our weekly quilt along post.
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**CONGRATULATIONS** to Michele T for being our week 9 winner!! 

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Comments

  1. The more I see this quilt the more I think I need to buy some solid fabrics

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  2. Sew much fun with this blog hop! Thanks for sharing all your great tips and hints.

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  3. Thanks for the tips for loading your quilt onto the long arm. I am a newbie at long arm quilting and this was very helpful. Your quilt is gorgeous, by the way.

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  4. This is a beautiful quilt! I'm sure your quilting will be equally beautiful.

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  5. Pretty quilt. I have neither a longarm nor a design wall as big as Christa's, but I manage to spray baste..

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  6. I love all the colors, can't wait to see it quilted! Thank you, Susan spierssusan52atgmaildotcom

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  7. I love the fabrics you used in this quilt! I am looking forward to seeing the quilting you do on it - quilting on solids is so much fun as they show every line so well!!! wild_blue_farm at yahoo dot com

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  8. Never used Hobbs or wool cotton batting and would definitely like to try it.
    Jdelony@hotmail.com

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  9. This quilt is looking great.
    shades000 at gmail dot com

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  10. this is my favorite batting also.

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  11. I love this batting. It's wonderful to work with.

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  12. I am so happy we are nearing the end! I am really loving my quilt ☺️ Thanks for all the pointers not to mention a great pattern! I would love some Hobbs batting to finish it off.

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    1. Technology hates me. - Crystal - thecozylittlegoblin@gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the pressing tips! I never knew that longarmers prefer open seams. And thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt!

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  14. This is such a lovely quilt! Thanks!

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  15. I love using this Hobbs Cotton Batting.

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  16. I'm so happy to see that Hobbs Batting is the choice for this beautiful quilt! It's my choice, too, for all of my quilted projects!
    duchick at gmail dot com

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  17. It is great to watch this quilt come together. Thanks for the chance to win some Hobbs batting--I'm trying to catch up on some of my WIPs, so I find myself running low (which I suppose is a good sign).

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  18. Daniela MartisovitsovaNovember 15, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Thank you for the great quilt along. I am very happy with the results. Quilting has to wait for now, another project sneaked in front of this one. martisovitsd (at) central (dot) edu

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  19. Don’t know when I will get the time to actually quilt my infrastructure quilt 😢 but I hope it looks even 1/4 as nice as yours!
    Crystal. @thecozylittlegoblin
    Thecozylittlegoblin@gmail.com

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