Used your tape-to-the -floor and safety pin basting method for my first on-my-own- quilt. Spray Basting with Christa Watson. 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?)? I learn something new each time. I found a cutting mat at Jo Ann's that goes on a table and I slide it under the quilt so my pins don't mark up the floor. I use three boards on a 6 foot folding table. Here, I was so excited to get my first quilt done, was happy with pin basting, and now I’m worried I’ve ruined all that hard work! A lady I knew, who was 94 years old when she passed, quilted by hand. They should be pressed, but here’s a shortcut for you, because I too have a toddler and understand the need for shortcuts. 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. I do the quilt in sections. Place the batting on top of the backing fabric and trim it to fit. Probably didn't clean my floor well enough.3) I'm certain you are going to show how you quilt. The blue tape just doesn't want to hold when is gets a bit humid. ), The purpose of basting is simple: to temporarily hold the layers of the quilt sandwich (backing, batting and top) together until you get them quilted. Here at SQ you will find free sewing tutorials, product reviews, basic how-to’s, design inspiration, and quilt patterns geared toward you – the chic, modern quilter! I do not like removing the safety pins while quilting but will rather have that than not enough basting. I don’t have problems with puckers and I love that I don’t have pins to worry about when I’m quilting. Anytime I quilt, I like to do it through all three layers so that I get that added dimension. Thank you! Some of them do leave a bit of residue on the fabric, but some don't. Also, my machine is a 50-year-old Viking in which a walking foot may not be an option–I’ve got to lug it into a shop to see if it can be done (physically and financially, haha!). It stills seems to be working for me. ), so it was nice to see it pop up again. I have been taping my quilts onto a board room table that I purchased for next to no money, and do the sandwiching in two stages while sitting at the table. You are a fabulous teacher. All the other aspects I love.Cheers. Hobbs Brand make. 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? If you are using a solid fabric, each side is reversible, so you’re good!). xo. Ironing! Dritz - their basting gun is a multi function gadget that does more than just baste your quilts. The layers are secured together using a process known as basting. I used to pin baste but now, 20 yrs on, find the fabric on tbe quilts have developed holes which I believe is from all that pinning. If you have a pet, it’s not a bad idea to lint roll the back of your quilt top. Either not enough pins were used or the backing was not taut enough during the basting. Then every inch of the quilt is stuck to every other inch and there’s no shifting. If that’s the case, you will need to fold the edges in at 45-degree angles to create a mitered edge. The adhesive spray does not gunk up my machine. You ROCK! We cover everything from stabilizing the edges when loading it to your frame…to earning extra money basting the quilt for hand quilters. Top, batt and back kept sticking where I didn’t want them to stick and I found having an extra pair of hands a great help. Duct tape! Basting is enough of a pain without adding a housework step. (They both just need to be a few inches larger on all sides than the quilt top.). Any experience? :o)2) Does the masking tape leave sticky on your floor? x. 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. Hey Terri! You explained it perfectly for me, thanks so much. I am currently working on my second quilt. DO NOT machine quilt these lines out from the center as that would distort your quilt. No matter where you’re giving your quilt a high-five, your hand should be touching two pins. For decades quilters only had their hands, a needle and thread as tools for putting quilts together. ha! Quilt Fabric Pizazz,I have always lived in homes where my floors are already broke in and have lots of issues, so if and when a pin would scratch the floor, it wouldn't be noticeable! Good tutorial! You can use the lines on a tile floor to keep your layers straight and centered. Thanks so much I’ll just wander the store to see what I find Do you have curved pins? https://www.joann.com/floor-quilt-frame/4794046.html#q=quilt%2Bframe&start=1. 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 ;-). Enjoy the rest of the week. Have you had any problems with reside on your quilt? Also, amen to the kwik klip! Do you have a tile floor somewhere? Well I´m still rather in the beginning and only used spry and was never happy, cause it stopped basting after a short period and glued everywhere else. Hope this helps Mary-Ann. I pin baste too (and also use basting spray), but now use the board method for putting the layers together. The “quilt sandwich” is the winning combo of backing fabric, batting, and your pieced quilt that make up your finished product. I have my hand-sewn patchwork, my batting, and my backing all ready. I love your style of writing. Thank you bunches. So, maybe stopping to take out a pin would be good training. I have room on my lower level, where I put folding tables together to layer my quilts. Randomly lay the palm of your hand on your quilt. You want the backing and batting to be a few inches larger than your top to give allowances for the shrinkage that occurs during the quilting process. Thread basting is the first method of sandwiching a quilt many quilters learn to use. Thanks so much for the tips! I have hardwood floors. PS…I live in Texas, but am headed back to the Chicago area for a few weeks. Personally I prefer straight safety pins that are on the smaller side. I use it because it’s a great method and works for me very well. I am working on the back now. Pingback: Gather Quilt Pattern: Total HST Madness! Í'm an old school handquilter and yes, it takes forever so perhaps I should give machinequilting a try.... 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