In the world of education, two terms are frequently used: differentiated instruction and making modifications. Wikipedia defines Differentiated Instruction as “providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.” For me, I need a multi-modality learning environment to include both visual and auditory materials, especially when quilting. Once information is presented to me, however, I tend to make modifications which fit my ability, learning patterns, and resources.
I frequently visit Blogland to find tutorials to help me along my quilting journey. Many tutorials have visual aids (pictures) as well as auditory and visual aids (videos). The other day, I found a spray basting tutorial. In the tutorial, the quilt top was basted first. Instead of using tape to secure the batting, Kristie used dumbbells. How clever!!
Usually, I baste the backing fabric first, and for whatever reason prefer that method (probably because that's what I'm used to doing). Which method is better...basting the quilt top first or the back? Perhaps with the next quilt I'll try basting the quilt top first. Also, as I don't have any dumbbells, I used my sons' weights.
I loved how she used pins to mark key spots on her quilt top. I used pins on the side to mark the center of the backing fabric.
I found this method so much easier than taping. My sandwich was completely aligned, and I finished basting the quilt quicker than usual.
Now, off to finish my quilt, which BTW I need to finish quickly for my granddaughter’s birthday next week…YIKES!!!
Have a great day!