A few important things to consider before we begin!

  • This is a method suitable for myself and my own table. It may not work for everyone. Others may work in a different way.
  • Care needs to be taken layering the quilt with the basting gun gadget when following the step-by-step instructions.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Neither I, nor Popular Patchwork, can be held responsible for any subsequent accidents to persons who undertake this process. I am merely demonstrating my own method.

It may be easier if one purchases/uses a grid, but I figured I could manage without. You can slide the cutting boards easily under the quilt. But you do need to have a table that has a narrow edge/ledge.

Press Quilt top
1. Let's begin by pressing the quilt top and backing
Pressing the top
2. Pressing the top
Protected table with narrow ledge/edge
3. Protected table with narrow ledge/edge.
Measure table to find centre
4. Measure table to find centre.
Fold backing in 4 - note placement of cutting boards
5. Fold backing into quarters - note placement of cutting boards.
Open backing
6. Open backing, matching centre and marked sides
Smoothe backing and clamp to table
7. Smooth backing and clamp to table.
Repeat procedure with wadding
8. Repeat procedure with wadding.
Fold quilt top in 4 with WS facing the wadding
9. Fold quilt top into four with WS facing the wadding.
Open up the quilt top
10. Open up the quilt top.
Finally open up completely
11. Finally open up completely.
Smoothe carefully and clamp to table
12. Smooth carefully and clamp to table.
Tape to table ends if quilt top too short to reach
13. Tape to table ends if quilt top too short to reach.
Be sure it's nice and smooth
14. Be sure it's nice and smooth.
Taped ends
15. Taped ends.
Gadget and taks
16. Gadget and tacks.
Black and white taks provided with gadget
17. Black and white tacks provided with gadget.
Feel for the cutting board with your hand
18. Feel for the cutting board with your hand
Undo one clamp at side centre
19. Undo one clamp at side centre.
Slip arm under quilt as far as you can
20. Slip arm under quilt as far as you can.
This shows open V position of fingers when beneath the quilt
21. This shows open V position of fingers when beneath the quilt.
Tacks will shoot between fingers when they are beneath the quilt - as shown.
22. Tacks will shoot between fingers when they are beneath the quilt - as shown.

Care must be taken at this point.

This is the position - ready to shoot.
23. This is the position - ready to shoot.
And again - I'm juggling  - with one hand on camera.
24. And again - I'm juggling - with one hand on camera.
Inserted tacks.
25. Inserted tacks.
Replace clamp - move along the quilt
26. Replace clamp - move along the quilt.
See taks - and smooth quilt top
27. See tacks - and smooth quilt top.
Ready to move along - juggling the clamps
28. Ready to move along - juggling the clamps.
Replace safety cover on needle when pausing
29. Replace safety cover on needle when pausing.
Front of block
30. Pinning the edges before neatening
Reverse
31. Note the piping & pins at right angles
Stabilise
32. Quilt top lies flat
Embroider
33. Not happy with corner - will unpick border
Flower heads
34. No pleats on back of quilt