When I was at one of my late night sews, Rosie, a fellow quilter, gave me a tip that really makes it less of a pain in the neck. My table won't fit a large quilt, so I have to pin baste it a section at a time. Keeping the layers smoothed out is a huge challenge. Not any more thanks to Rosie's tip.
Her trick? Use the smooth size of your quilting ruler to smooth out the layers.
I taped the backing to the table, smoothed it out. Added the batting, smoothed it out. and then added the top, and smoothed it out -- all steps using the ruler. It glides over the fabric beautifully. It really made my job easier.
Now the quilt is all together and I'm ready to go!
Patsy Thompson asked me about my new machine! It's a Brother NV5000. It's one of Brother's Innovis series machines. I got this as a drastically reduced price as it was a floor model. It's a combination sewing/embroidery machine with a 7"x12"embroidery capability. I've got a couple of embroidery quilts in mind and I wanted a machine that has a larger field and a few fancy bells and whistles.
Just an FYI, I did some free-motion play with the machine and it works like a dream. I'll blog about this more as do some projects. Right now I've got a few more irons in the fire project-wise.
I'm very excited about where this new tool will take my craft.