I'm gonna have to try using tape! 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… Get it here! Yay! I pin baste too, because for me it gives the best results to my FMQ. Glad you are back to the 101 series. I do not like removing the safety pins while quilting but will rather have that than not enough basting. You can also spray the backside of the layers separately and then bring them inside to assemble. Can I still get my quilters licence if I skip this step? Anytime I quilt, I like to do it through all three layers so that I get that added dimension. What would the quilted pattern look like at that point? Check out the Quilting 101 tab for everything you need to know to start your first quilt! The “quilt sandwich” is the winning combo of backing fabric, batting, and your pieced quilt that make up your finished product. I used painters tape too but doesn't stick. You may be a pro quilter with perfect speed and accuracy, but your quilt can still bunch up and get puckered if your basting isn’t up to snuff. If you scratch the area with your fingernail or wash the quilt, all of those holes will magically disappear! The quilt sandwich is made up of the quilt top, the batting, and the quilt's backing. The machine's feed dogs are lowered when you use free motion machine quilting techniques, so nothing is in place under the quilt sandwich to guide it along. Yeah, I know it’s a lot of pins (I’ve basted a quilt a few times in my day…) but there are a few things you can do to make this pin party a little easier: Above is the Little Houses FREE quilt pattern. Learning a lot. Indian Summer is my favorite of you patterns (so far! Which leads to me ask…how do you avoid scratching your wooden floors while pin basting? , Hahaha Quilts sandwiches are the yummiest of sandwiches. 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. Normal pins make it so hard to get through three layers.2. Begin with a Good Baste. Looked like it might work well. This is very comprehensive and very easy to understand! Thank you. I’ve been so perplexed on basting. Hope this helps Mary-Ann. I use 3M green masking tape for hard to stick surfaces for taping down my backing. Just for what it’s worth. There is something to be said for reverse scissors (not sure of the proper terminology). Í'm an old school handquilter and yes, it takes forever so perhaps I should give machinequilting a try.... First step is bookmarking your blog:)Question:What if...there's a whole cloth backing and therefor no reference points to allign quilt back to quilt front...? Hi Suzy, I had always taped them first. For queen to king size quilts, I prefer using a PVC quilt frame with legs for the basting. We have a (hardly used) ping pong table that can be folded up or even just one or both sides folded down and that has been my go to table for laying out my quilts now. Fancy quilts will be done with thread basting every 3 inches. So happy to have read this post, because I've got a top and back ready for basting tomorrow, and a roll of duct tape in the utility closet. My Juki handled it well. I used yo use the boards, now I use pool noodles to roll each layer along. I like the medium sized curved pins. No overspray on the floor and does a great job. i love the way you teach. I really liked how you explained how you line up the layers. Quilt sandwiches are just as amazing and delicious as real sandwiches! That is exactly how I baste, right down to using the entryway of the house. Thanks AmandaJean. The good news is, when it comes to basting, you have some options. I'm excited to get back to the Machine Quilting 101 series. If you don’t have a Kwik Klip, a small metal crochet hook works like a charm. That way you can see at what point the floors are in danger. my first book, written with Cheryl Arkison. Basting a quilt properly is key to a successful, professional, and pucker-free finished quilt. It works very well and no crawling on the floor! Bang on! https://www.joann.com/floor-quilt-frame/4794046.html#q=quilt%2Bframe&start=1. I’m so happy you included board basting in your how-to! For small quilts, I prefer the quick Iron/Press Baste Method. I'm glad to see someone else still pin bastes. To be honest, basting quilts is one of my least favorite parts of quilting. Pingback: Quilting Technique Questions – Answered: Part III - Suzy Quilts. duct tape is such a fantastic idea!!! Make sense? An hour or so before you baste lay the quilt top out somehow – you could drape it over the ironing board or on your bed. ), This is really helpful, thank you. I have a wonderful tile floor in my foyer that works really well for this step. This thread washes out completely after your quilt is complete. How do you know what’s too tight? (Don't all groan at once! The entire quilt was laundered and dried after quilting. This is for prepping the quilt either for machine quilting or hand quilting. I have a question: Do all spray bastes have to be washed/rinsed out? I used to use masking tape or painter's tape, but it simply didn't stick well consistently. For many of us, basting is the step we have to do to get from the fun of piecing a quilt to the fun of quilting a quilt. Different quilters have different ways of doing it, but here’s MY way (AKA the coolest way). I am unsure of how to sew the corners of the outside. Favourite methods for basting quilts are a very personal thing and you may have to try different methods and variations to find one that suits you. Either way, it's on the quilt back, the parts that will be trimmed off after quilting. :). I am rekindling my love of quilting and am amazed at all the new products and techniques available now. Thank you! thank you! 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)? These size 3 pins would be a good size. I also like the tip in the comments about sliding a large ruler around. Awesome! More casual jobs get pins. It’s been a lot of fun exploring new techniques and styles of quilting. Honestly, I hate the process of spraying. I guess as quilters we think we know the basics, but after reading your "lesson" for this week I now have a list in front of me on how to baste properly. In this video, you’ll discover techniques for securing your quilt layers together on a longarm quilting machine. If you forget and only spray baste the top to the batting, guess what? That’s amazing that you were able to quilt without securing the pins closed! Scratching my floors is something I’ve always been really aware of, however, I’ve yet for it to happen once…and I’m not that careful and I baste A LOT. Lauren, how do you keep from ruining the floor, i do the same on a table and it is looking pretty worn. I understand everyone's worry about that--I was afraid the first time I did it. When you mention using “thick” tape, do you just mean wide instead of narrow? You can use the lines on a tile floor to keep your layers straight and centered. I just had my last scheduled trunk show in the Chicago area for 2017. However, with a little practice, you'll likely find that it's easier than you thought. Above is the Mod Mountains quilt pattern. And, thank you for that tip about not closing the pins when I’m not using them. I have always been afraid the pinning will scratch my hardwood floors. The size and if you have a favorite brand? Do you think I’ll need more than 100 pins for a double quilt? Try to use tape that is at least 2-inches thick. Hey Em, I’m not sure I fully understand the question. Depending on how densely you quilt it, you can lose an inch or two during the process. Any experience? The three layers of your quilt sandwich need to be temporarily held together ready for quilting, whether by hand or machine, to stop the layers sliding around. New to sewing? Yes I tried this - on the floor method - but my knees don't allow it anymore. fantastically well explained, and since I'm out of 505 spray and really need to finish one baby quilt I'm going to give it a try. Your tutorial is great and shows how important it is to take you time with this step! Great tutorial that answered a few more questions for me. 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! First of all, when basting a quilt with spray, it is best to use pre-washed 100% cotton fabrics. Hey Sharon, I have a great post for you all about how to finish the edges of a quilt with binding. Next I’ll have to try the board method, since I’ve got a lot of tops to be basted/quilted suddenly! I will send out the link through my newsletter and on social media once it’s available. I have only tried pinning once. I’d love to know if you have any “appearances” scheduled in the area! I tried spray basting and it just doesn't work for me. Fingers crossed :). Securing the back, and floating the batting and top. Thank you for this series. Skip to 4 minutes into the video if you're a little ADD like 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. Thanks again for sharing your talents. (I spray but I don't really trust it alone, or maybe I'm just scared to spray enough to really fix things in place...)I'm about to baste a quilt and I don't think I can face snipping all the threads from the back. Thank you so much for all you do! I dont prefer the safety pin method, they left holes in my quilt and were in the way when i started quilting…. Both of us have arthritis in our hands and prefer to avoid hand sewing as much as possible. Thanks! But at 55 years old I purchase patterns online and watch a lot of Instagram stories (thanks for always making me smile with yours!). This is one of the ways I’m able to support myself and continue writing free content. If I’m basting a quilt, I’m pin basting. Gently smooth them out. Then doing the back like you do. I've been basting my quilts like this for 25 years and have yet to have a ripple on the back yet! I tried spray once, but I don't find it significantly easier than pinning. (I learned that from an old [75+] lady in my traditional guild. ok – i’m a beginner quilter here…have a couple baby quilts and rag quilts under my belt. I ran right thru a pin head. 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. And most days they are in a complete tangle. This is the way I do it but it sure is getting harder as I am getting older to get down on my knees. Basically, if you choose to baste with pins, you’re signing up for some good quality time with your safety pin crew. I’m going to try starch again. This tutorial will show you 3 different ways to baste a quilt. However, it is a … Thanks so much, Amanda! The world may never know, haha. I pin baste too (and also use basting spray), but now use the board method for putting the layers together. Hi, I’m new to quilting. I'm usually just trying to get it done at the basting stage. This method is impressive, and tricky, and also gets you off the floor and into your favorite comfy chair (as long as it fits next to a nicely sized table). I learned a lot this afternoon.Thanky you so much. Matchstick Quilting) - Suzy Quilts. Okay, maybe I will get brave and pin baste. And then unrolling the top including the batting on the taped down quilt back. For larger quilts, I slide it to the top and then slide it under the quilt to the bottom for pinning. I've been a hit or miss kind of person when it comes to lining up the front and back. 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! 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. If you have a pet, it’s not a bad idea to lint roll the back of your quilt top. Is that to add decoration to your finished product? Remove the tape from the floor (I usually enlist my kids to do that) and carefully fold up the quilt until you are ready to actually quilt it. I just finished straight line quilting on my Janome 8900 and noticed some of my seams went kinda wonky. Or the pins will get in the way once I start outlining my quilting design with a water pin. I have my hand-sewn patchwork, my batting, and my backing all ready. Sometimes I recommend products, and if you click on those links, I may earn a small commission. Thanks,AJ, for the post. That 505 is pricey. I do plan on being at QuilCon in Pasadena this up coming February, though. some do leave a bit of residue on the floor or on the fabric, but not enough to stop me from using it and change my ways. Above is the Liberty and Flowers FREE quilt pattern. Great roundup of ideas! Thanks so much ! Thanks again! Not me! Thanks for the help, any and all advice appreciated! Either not enough pins were used or the backing was not taut enough during the basting. I have picked up some tips along the way. Pingback: Gather Quilt Pattern: Total HST Madness! Thanks for the tutorial. Thank you for all your reviews and tips. Thank you for sharing! Do you have a favorite method of basting a quilt? 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. I have thick carpet, and no large tile area, so 2 inch wide packaging tape works for me. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned sewist, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. I have always used "good" masking tape (the cheap brands never work) and sometimes the masking tape doesn't stick to the fabric. If I’m basting a quilt, I’m pin basting. Great post! I’m loving that purple and mustard triangle quilt – which pattern is that, please? I really admire all your beautiful 'scrap' quilts and how you can quilt those large sizes. Are you wondering about how to sew the corners of binding once you have the quilt sandwich quilted? Try this direct link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=HyaLsMafElo, What are your thoughts on using water soluble thread for machine basting once the safety pins are in? Layering them and getting them ready to be bound forever in quilt matrimony is a reeeallly important step. Something no one talks about--do you end up scratching your floor with the pins? I don't like spray basting. I am careful not to push the pins hard into the floor. Dritz - their basting gun is a multi function gadget that does more than just baste your quilts. You are an inspiration to us all Amanda, many thanks. ), so it was nice to see it pop up again. LOL! :) I fold it up like a screen and leave it behind a door! Now I can begin! I have a tupperware with a jumble of three different brands so I can’t say for sure what is what. I’m lucky enough to have a very large kitchen island that works perfectly for basting quilts as long as it’s throw size or smaller, so I don’t have to use the floor anymore. 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 ;-). Hope that helps!AJ, Needle Little Balance, I cover my thoughts of basting quilts in the introduction post. Your email address will not be published. I only so fr make small cot/ lap quilts and stitch in ditch. So no tape or spray expense. I do use those scraps eventually, and I haven't had a problem with it as of yet. Pinning is also way cheaper! What was I thinking?! If you’re going to be basting big quilts though, you do need a pretty big table. That is exactly who I baste my quilts - I have the knee dents to proof!!! . 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