Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Basting Backlog

Why do one quilt at a time when you can do three?

  • Make backing
  • Cut batting to size (or piece to size)
  • Press quilt top removing all the little fraying threads
  • Baste.

A few months ago I moved off the floor to basting on a table, an enormous improvement!  But occasionally I would have wrinkles on the backing after basting.   I belong to the HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen Yahoo group (more of a voyeur than participant to be honest) and a discussion arose regarding basting technique.  The very sweet and  helpful Emily talked me through her approach to table basting (really, we had a nice long telephone chat!).  She had many little tricks like this one:

She suggested putting a pin at the center side of the backing (there is a pin under the masking tape above), batting and quilt top to ensure the edges are lined up when you are doing that first important step of centering the three layers.  So simple but so helpful!

Now, all three quilts are basted and ready to be quilted!  I hope to have some finished quilts to share soon!
Happy Wednesday!


  1. Great helpful hint! I also baste up on a small 24 x 48 in folding table. Always have. Do you use a Kwik Klip? Gotta have one!

  2. Wow, that is brilliant! I hate basting - I like FMQ, and piecing, but can't get them basted right. I have 8 quilt tops ready for basting, and I just keep putting it off. I would love to hear the other tips you learned too!

  3. I like the idea of using a table, especially since I have a fairly large table and a relatively small empty patch in the living room. Plus, it would be out of the way of the cats. :)


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