:(I was surprised you use duct tape. I close the pins to secure the quilt layers together, but when I take them out during the quilting process I open them and then keep them open. I haven’t found it to be too bothersome to remove pins as I quilt. It doesn't cause any problem with puckers either! I’ve found that the quilt back sticks quit well to a fitted flannel sheet. The legs are adjustable so it can be set at a comfortable height. I, too, have a quilt that is very similar and is pinned and ready to go, but I am not sure how to proceed..thanks! I also use the Kwik Klip, as I use a lot of pins for a queen size quilt.No crawling on the floor for me. I am making a bed-sized quilt now and several experienced advisors (bless you for your love and sharing) have instructed us to make the backing 4 inches all around larger than the pieced top. SO DON’T CLOSE HUNDREDS OF TINY PINS FOR NO REASON. I look forward to your next step and wonder how you would machine quilt the top that you just basted (in-the ditch, stipple, etc?)? It’s much easier to use water soluble thread for basting so you don’t have to worry about ripping out the basting stitches as you quilt your quilt. Great post! And you definitely don’t want to sew over them. Hey Sharon, I have a great post for you all about how to finish the edges of a quilt with binding. Basting a quilt properly is key to a successful, professional, and pucker-free finished quilt. Probably didn't clean my floor well enough.3) I'm certain you are going to show how you quilt. Spray basters use a product like this to temporarily stick the layers of their sandwich together long enough to quilt them up. I tried it out with the utility foot really slowly on a pretty lightweight quilt just to see if I could get away with it and by the time I got to the second pin it was already bubbled up quite a bit–is my basting not perfect, should I not have pinned along the seams where I was going to be quilting, or is it just the foot?? Thank you for your continuing tutorials. My guess is not since you keep doing it. I really liked how you explained how you line up the layers. Hobbs Brand make. The more you baste, the faster you get, so if you’re still working on your personal attitude adjustment, don’t worry! Pin basting with one hand, eh? If you forget and only spray baste the top to the batting, guess what? That is my point of reference. Though I have a strong preference for a certain method (cough pin basting cough), we’ll talk about basting three different ways, as well as some tips and tricks. If I’m going to machine quilt along the seams of my quilt top, is it good, bad, or no difference to pin baste at the seams (vs avoiding pinning in the places I’ll be quilting)? thanks. :) I would also add that GOOD safety pins for basting cannot be overemphasized...you may have never tried to baste with cruddy ones, but I have and it is maddening! Join my Basting Support Group, and read on. Hi Suzy, Okay, maybe I will get brave and pin baste. NOT ON THE FLOOR! So, maybe stopping to take out a pin would be good training. Lay on a table top, slide a ruler cutting mat or cheap thin plastic kitchen cutting mat under area to be pinned and you are off to the races! Thank you. I’ve tried spray basting and my tip is to do it with a friend. Did I do something wrong? Then doing the back like you do. I’m so happy you included board basting in your how-to! )…so, you’re points on why you don’t like it totally hit home with me! Though now I'm wondering if I should roll up my dining room rug to see if there are any small scratches in the floor! You can use the lines on a tile floor to keep your layers straight and centered. Pin basting versus spray. Shhhhh.). You are an inspiration to us all Amanda, many thanks. If that’s the case, you will need to fold the edges in at 45-degree angles to create a mitered edge. Fancy quilts will be done with thread basting every 3 inches. Traded black walnuts for a friend at church to make the risers. I am lucky to have an 8' x 8' table in my quilting studio so no more floor pin basting for me! It works great. like 27mm or 37mm? :) I fold it up like a screen and leave it behind a door! I use a table from Costco, find the center of all, and use bulldog clips. Also, if you like to starch the back of your quilt to make it slicker and aid in machine quilting, wait to do this until after you have spray-basted the quilt. If you feel silly because you didn’t know that, no worries; it’s actually a common question sewing machine dealers hear all the time. If you are anything like me, on your first quilt, you hammered out the quilt top and are itching to try out machine quilting. I do use pins and the kwikclip tool to save my fingers and fingernails. I’m still not convinced I could spray outside with the Chicago winds blowing, but maybe I’ll test this out on a small project. Old rug hooks, or big crochet hooks work great to close pins. I don’t have problems with puckers and I love that I don’t have pins to worry about when I’m quilting. This lavender and mustard pattern is a free pattern that will soon be released on Bernina’s blog as a fun collaboration between us. You can read more about my basting and quilting process in this article: How to Machine Quilt. My concern is how you quilt around ALL of those pins. And your explanation made perfect sense by the way! Basting a quilt qualifies as one of those things I don't really enjoy doing, right up there with binding a quilt, and cutting material for a quilt, but if you want to make a quilt… And that pins get in the way of ironing(though I made it work)! I pin baste just like you do and love my kwik klip!! Thank you! Already know that dethreading is my new least favorite part!!! Yay! :o), Rebecca Toman,I haven't had a problem with the duct tape fraying the fabric. It’s been a lot of fun exploring new techniques and styles of quilting. You just might have a convert. Or do you just have straight safety pins? The world may never know, haha. Basically, if you choose to baste with pins, you’re signing up for some good quality time with your safety pin crew. HA! It looks as though you quilted lines on your top fabric before quilting the sandwich together. I recently quilted and pin-basted a top and the backing was starched, ironed and very stiff and flat. He cut one slit down a long side so then I have this huge four panel piece that I can lay on top of the bed and use the painter’s tape he puts in my stocking every year! I'm excited to get back to the Machine Quilting 101 series. I have the hardest time lining up the back and front to not be crooked because I don't have a line on the back of my quilt ;-). I don’t reclose them. Did this quilt pattern ever come out? duct tape is such a fantastic idea!!! With the spray basting method you can be basted and ready to quilt in no time. I’ve been thinking about trying pin basting because spray basting is always a disaster But I’ve been straying away from it. yay! The quilter is in total control of the motion. That works great for baby quilts and throws, and it gives me a great chance to talk to people about quilts. . The video does help a lot in visualizing this, but here is a picture that should help too. Tucks, here, indicate you'll probably have tucks throughout the quilting. It’s fun and not boring! I imagine it would be done with your butt up in the air, searching for another pin, then having to breathe as you don't move your knee so as to wiggle the fabric ;) ;) DEFINITELY part of an advanced yoga class!!! So looking forward to learning free motion quilting. That means I would have a free hand to fold laundry at the same time. If you are new to quilting it can be hard to know where to start, and disappointing to finish a quilt only to notice the back is full of puckers and folds. GAME CHANGER for me. Thanks. Fingers crossed :). I'll try your way next. I’d love to know if you have any “appearances” scheduled in the area! If you have an intricate quilting design you will want to draw that on your quilt top before pin basting. If you scratch the area with your fingernail or wash the quilt, all of those holes will magically disappear! She got me hooked on this method. I know safety pins are not toxic, lol. (See the link for week 1 in the beginning of this post.) I am totally new to quilting. But at 55 years old I purchase patterns online and watch a lot of Instagram stories (thanks for always making me smile with yours!). I added pins to the spray basted top but not as many as I would have if it were a ‘pin only’ project. Ooops, looks like we were commenting at the same time. In today’s tutorial, I really want to walk you through the basics of basting. Because you take out the safety pins as you machine baste, you don’t have to worry about removing the pins when you’re quilting. I had always taped them first. I had a go today, there are just soooooo many! I have only tried pinning once. Lauren, how do you keep from ruining the floor, i do the same on a table and it is looking pretty worn. I am working on the back now. Hi Suzy! It is better to spray or pin baste large quilts. Tape all sides of the backing to the floor, making sure to smooth out all of the wrinkles. There’s even a video. i have always used spray and pins, but still have issues, especially with larger projects! Moving to the next area, clip back and repeat. I use three boards on a 6 foot folding table. I have room on my lower level, where I put folding tables together to layer my quilts. A lady I knew, who was 94 years old when she passed, quilted by hand. Just wondering what stitch you used on the first quilt. Used your tape-to-the -floor and safety pin basting method for my first on-my-own- quilt. (They both just need to be a few inches larger on all sides than the quilt top.). xo. I picked up a few 'refinements' to make basting a fun - no, wait - more pleasant experience. If I’m basting a quilt, I’m pin basting. Thanks so much, Amanda! No matter how you baste a quilt, you have to create your quilt sandwich first. See more ideas about basting a quilt, quilting techniques, quilting tutorials. Thank you for sharing! Although basting can feel like work at times, it has to be done, and it has to be done well. I am making the queen size rocksteady quilt as a wedding gift . I'm terrified I'm going to mess it up when I start doing all this fun stuff! It's been a few weeks! Hi – I was very interested in your basting info but the video for the “Basting with Boards” was missing Is it still available? Great job on describing this step. When it’s time to baste, you do need to iron your backing fabric (at least at some point.) Thanks for the interest! Good luck with the quilting! Any cons? My first attempt at spray basting did not go smoothly either. I pin basted my very first quilt, and now have all of these little holes in my fabric pieces Do you have any recommendations how to get rid of all of these little holes? A few crazy’s in my past without any guidance. To make sure you hold that sandwich in place, you are going to want to place a pin at least every four inches in rows throughout the quilt. Suzy! 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