Ray Quilt Along #4: Baste and Quilt.

Ray Quilt Along #4: Baste and Quilt.

Basting my Ray Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Who’s ready to baste and quilt? I have to say that it always feels like a big milestone to get a project basted and ready to quilt. Since I’ll be hand quilting this one, that means I can get the Netflix and couch ready!

Here’s the video.

Because of all that we’re covering this week, this video is longer than the others. As with all of my videos, you can make use of the “Chapters” in the description to jump around to any sections you wish to revisit.

I share some thoughts about batting in the video, and if you’d like to use what I’m using I put together a listing for it in my shop.

quilters dream batting . carolyn friedlander

What’s your favorite way to baste your project? Do you use your cutting table like I do? And how are you thinking you’ll quilt your project? I’d love to know what you are thinking about.

quilting my Ray quilt . carolyn friedlander

The Quilt Along will be taking a break for the next 2 weeks. I’ll see you back here on December 31, 2020 with the final part of the project! Your homework for the next couple of weeks is to get your quilt basted and quilted.

You can do this! Share what you are working on using the #cfRAYqal on Instagram. I love seeing it.


+ quilt top, batting, backing fabric, Flatter, clamps, safety pins, scissors (small and large), hand quilting supplies, thread (see suppliers below)

Thread Suppliers:

+ Cosmo Sashiko Thread in my shop

+ Snuggly Monkey

+ Brooklyn Haberdashery

+ Upcycle Stitches

+ A Verb For Keeping Warm

Ray Quilt Along #4: Baste And Quilt (video on YouTube)

Ray Quilt Along #3: Sew It Together (video on YouTube)

Ray Quilt Along #2: Cut It Out (video on YouTube)

Ray Quilt Along #1: Make A Plan (video on YouTube)

Ray Quilt Pattern

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8 Responses to Ray Quilt Along #4: Baste and Quilt.

  1. rebeca December 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

    Thank you again for sharing your techniques. I actually began my own Ray quilt…I wasn’t going to begin a large project, but went ahead and it is coming along pretty quickly. Thanks.

    • carolyn friedlander December 19, 2020 at 9:00 am #

      Awesome! I’m so glad you’re joining in!

  2. rebeca December 21, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

    Oh, here another comment by me….So, you are wearing (I believe) the sweater you knitted? Well, it looks really great on you, fyi. Happy Holidays.

    • carolyn friedlander December 22, 2020 at 10:06 am #

      Yep! It sure is! 🙂 Thank you and Happy Holidays to you too!

  3. Tori December 22, 2020 at 8:34 am #

    Thanks so much for this Carolyn! I’m ready to baste and I think I’ll follow your lead and hand-quilt it. I’m stuck on the backing part, though. Not sure why that trips me up so much. For the throw size, is it as simple as cutting the 4 yards of backing in half and sewing the seam in the middle? I get analysis paralysis about backing. Probably need therapy for that. Ha! Thanks for clarifying and have a wonderful holiday!! — Tori

    • carolyn friedlander December 22, 2020 at 10:06 am #

      Ha! Yes, you can do it! Good luck, Tori!

  4. Margie May 26, 2021 at 3:19 pm #

    I love your method of basting a quilt! It’s genius! Up until now I always used the floor and was taping my quilt back down. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. Just tried your method and it was so smooth and with much smoother results. Thank you so much for putting the time and energy into this series.

    • carolyn friedlander May 27, 2021 at 8:51 am #

      Oh, great! I’m really glad that was helpful, Margie! I tried the floor thing too when I just started out, and it did not work well for my back (or the quilt) at all. I was equally excited to find an alternative. 🙂

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