On this episode, we share three techniques for basting a quilt, share the story of a quilt shop owner who pivoted her business during the pandemic, and shares creative ways to upgrade a rolling cart for your sewing space.
Episode 482

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3 Methods for Basting Your Quilt

Basting is an important step in the quilting process. Basting carefully will result in beautifully finished quilts without puckers, bumps, folds, or wrinkles. It also makes the quilting process easier. The problem is – basting is often one of the most tedious and difficult parts of the process, so it's a step many of us (myself included) might not do as carefully as we should. Lindsay Mayland talks about how to assemble your quilt sandwich and three popular methods of basting: pin, spray, and thread. She gives pros and cons to each method, so you can choose the one that works best for you and your project!

Love Your LQS

Doris Brunnette highlights how Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa, pivoted their business during the pandemic. Heidi Kaisand, the shop owner, shares some of the creative ways her store continued to reach customers and give her community some levity during a hard time. She made use of social media to play quilty-theme bingo and have a scavenger hunt. They did Facebook Live videos for Shopping Night in America, a weekly opportunity for small businesses to sell their items to customers over social media. (They are continuing it once a month now.) They updated one of their most popular programs, Bust Your Stash Challenge, to have an online submission process. The program give away a free pattern each month and if you submit a picture of the finished quilt, you receive a coupon code to shop at the store or online shop.

Get Organized!

Elizabeth Stumbo talks about the magical rolling cart! You can find rolling carts at almost every home décor store or craft store right now. Rolling carts are having a moment right now in the sewing world – and for good reason! They're stylish, don't take up tons of space, are portable, and so easy to alter to really fit your needs. We know that every sewing space is different and every quilter is different, so she shares a few ideas for upgrading a basic rolling cart to fit your needs.

What's On Your Workspace?

Lindsay then shares details about her latest scrap quilt. The free pattern by Jessica Quilter is called Scrap-Busting Nine-Patch and is saved in her instagram story highlights. Lindsay used almost 1,800 scraps cut to 2.5" squares to make the quilt. She had scraps in enough colors to create a gradation rainbow in the large throw quilt.