So this isn't an "issue" so much as it is an idea I came up with because of a problem I have. I struggle to get my quilts pinned on the leaders evenly. I don't always get equal spacing from the edge of the leader when I'm putting the pins in, resulting in a crooked backing or top.
Then, I watched a video about loading quilts in which Kristina Whitney said she sewed a line down the center of her leaders to keep the center clearly marked front to back on both sides. I thought, why not do the same for spacing along the entire length of the leaders?
So I did. I started by drawing a line 1" from the edge of the leaders; I went with 1" so I had plenty of space to wiggle in case the fabric edge is wavy. I also drew the line down the center. It worked so well that I sewed it in on one of them and am going to do the others once I have time.
Here are photos of my leaders. I just line up the fabric on the edge of the leader as much as possible. Then put the pins through the line to make sure they are all evenly spaced from the edge.
Now just to figure out how to position the quilt top equally distanced from the top and bottom of a pieced backing...
Thanks for the inspiration, Kristina!
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