The stabilizing steps:
- Cut a backing of 100% cotton muslin larger (about 2 inches on all sides) than your quilt top and press with iron until smooth!
- Following manufacturers instructions place the fusible web - paper side up! - on your muslin and fuse. Make sure the area that is covered is again larger than your quilt top. I chose to use Pellon 803 Wonder Under (photos above) as it is one of the lightest weight fusible web products and will still allow to be quilted through.
- Remove the fusible web paper backing. Gently press the quilt top and lay face up on the new stabilizing backing.
- To protect both the quilt top and my iron I placed the paper backing between the two and slowly fused them together following the directions by Pellon. Where there were rips or tears in the quilt I gently brought them back together and pressed (1st and 2nd picture below shows how well it works!)
- The 3rd picture below is the newly stabilized quilt top!
Prepping for Quilting:
- The edges were unsalvageable so were trimmed off to give a nice edge for finishing - this was only about 1/2" all the way around. The bunny below was looking excited!
2. The newly stabilized quilt top was then placed on top of a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a soft blue high-quality 100% Kona cotton backing.
3. After carefully basting all 3 layers together it was ready for quilting! A final trimming of edges will be done after the quilting is complete and the edging ready to go on.
Favorite Hand-Quilting supplies!
My favorite thread is by Gutermann! This high-quality 100% cotton hand-quilting thread has a waxy coating which makes it stronger, resistant to tangles and comes in so many colors! I order mine from Purl Soho in NYC but you can find most colors anywhere.