Saturday, June 21, 2014

So Basting......

I am at that point again, basting my quilt.  I do not know about you but I REALLY do not like this part.  Yes, I used to crawl around the floor and baste but wow, that is hard on the old back!  I have seen Sharon Schamber's Video on how to baste with boards. 


 Love the idea for smaller quilts but for a king!  I would need 10 foot boards and a very large table.  I read about using a 6 foot table and using binder clips to hold everything down as you baste.

I have even sent in my king's to longarmers to baste but to be hones the stitches were so small it took longer to take then out than to baste. I also like pins so I had to be careful and not quilt through the basting thread.

Now tell me what is a girl to do?

I have a 92 X 106 quilt to baste and have no idea how to get it accomplished.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?




24 comments:

  1. I only ever use the floor, so I am NO help! Good luck, i don't envy you!

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  2. That is why I started buying fusible batting, lol. I hate basting and I hate pinning;) The Fusiboo is nice and easy to work with, but not what I call quality batting, but better than others I have tried. For good bed quilts I use regular batting and pin but I always mess up and end up with a bunch in one place or another.

    Debbie

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  3. I always end up crawling on the floor too and hate that part! I'm really interested in whether you get any good tips!

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  4. I help my Mom do her large quilts. We use our two folding banquet tables (ones mine-ones hers) together and center the quilt with the top on edge, clamp,baste. Then move the bottom of the quilt to the edge and finish the center. Then we do the sides very simialar. We also do it when we have a sewing class and everyone takes turns running basting threads (good learning tool) so we don't all break our backs.

    Maybe you can use a church or fire dept - a few tables and take some friends to help out - you could get it done up really fast then.

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  5. I basted my first quilt on a carpeted floor, it did not go well. I can baste up to 34in square on my kitchen island. A few weeks ago I tried board basting for a lap sized quilt, it worked, kind of - I had a few small puckers on the back when I had quilted it and I had a few teething problems too. Next time I'm going to give a small table and clamps a go, I think it should work better than the boards did. Good luck!

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  6. I took my big quilt top to our church during our children's activity night and put 3 large tables together and used them for basting. I have to say, a lot of men came to my rescue and even started pinning for me :-)

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  7. Maybe this video will help you:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw4sibuP8n4
    I do it the same way, only without the sticks (but will try this the next time) because I hate the crawling on the floor, too. It works great!

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  8. I am spoiled and have 4 banquet tables that I sit together in the barn (Auto shop) to baste when I have a really large quilt. Kim's idea or maybe even a local library or community center would have the tables you could use at their venue for a while.

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  9. I love Kim's idea. I have the luxury right now of having a meeting room downstairs (i live in a apartment building) with 5 large buffet tables. The room is often available and I can rearrange the table to create the size I need. I will miss them when I move.

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  10. I took Sew Gal's 12 Free Motion Quilting Challenge and one of the instructors, sorry can't remember his name, showed an easy way to baste. He used hairspray. Lay your backing on the floor lay on your batting and then fold back. Spray both with hairspray and lay back together. Do the next part until you have the entire backing attached to the batting. This doesn't work with all batting or all fabrics but I have about 75% success. Your backing will be smooth and then repeat the process for the front. The hairspray doesn't hurt your needles and by the time you are finished the hairspray is gone. I still add a few pins in the corners and along the edges.

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  11. I have seen a technique where a quilt is just pin basted down the center 10 or so inches. Then the person machine quilts that center part. Then she does the next section on the right or left. I know you are talking about hand basting but maybe if you have a big table you could try the same technique.

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  12. Jane, you don't mention anything about having any extra tables at your disposal, but we have a couple of old banquet tables in the basement and my husband raised them up higher for me by putting PVC pipe over the legs, thereby increasing the height so that I don't have to bend so much. If you do not have tables, then maybe it would be worth it to check out some garage or estate sales in the neighborhood, because they really do help when it comes to cutting and pinning. Other than than, I really can't help you, but hope someone else may come up with a solution.

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  13. Let's get to the facts...there is no really easy way to baste a quilt!!! I used the floor once and it nigh onto 'killed me'! Plus, my home is small and floor space is at a minimun. I took Cindy Needham's Craftsy class "Design It, Quilt It" and she uses a banquet size table (it can be placed on leg height extensions).I've switched to her system and have not had any pleats or tucks on the backing though I also have not done huge quilts. If you could access several tables and then utilize Cindy's system, it would be awesome. No matter what, I totally agree that basting is not the fun part of quilting.

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  14. Hi Jane! I use an old ping pong table to bast on. It works pretty well. The sides of a king will fall off so, I start in the center and work my way out, shifting the quilt as needed. I used corsage pins with rubber tips when I quilted on my tabletop quilt machine. I hope something in this will help you!

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  15. I use the binder clip method. Works for me. I start in the center and move around as basting is completed. My table is 6' long but only 30" wide. Lots of the bigger quilts hang over, but this method works.

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  16. A lot of my friends swear by the 505 fixative spray for basting! Apparently one must wash the quilt after quilting and it all come out!I finally bought a can and plan to try it on one of my quilts. They have said there are many tutorials on you tube and online. That is the best i can do.

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  17. I use the larger craft tables and spray baste. It's never easy, though with really large quilts. I have a large string quilt that I have been avoiding for months for that very reason.

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  18. I'm a spray baster. For small quilts, I use fusible batting. If I get down on the floor, I can't get up! I did use pins on my Dresden wall hanging and it was a disaster on the back. Let us know what you try and how it works for you! XO

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  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw4s
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    uP8n4 Here is a youtube that I just stumbled onto with great advice. She is www.ameliescott.com if the link doesnt work. It is called how to sandwich the quilt. Such an easier way.

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  20. http://blog.ameliescott.com/2012/08/13/binding-a-quilt.aspx
    Jane, I can't seem to get the How to sandwich your quilt by www.ameliescott.com to show up but here is how she binds and if you google it, how to sandwich youtube, it is great info!

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  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnke_KzeTI8

    Hope this one works on How to sandwich the quilt by Ameliescott designs.

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  22. The first quilt I made that I couldn't baste on my kitchen floor led to the purchase of my long arm! Lol no more floor crawling for this gal!!!

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  23. Good luck, i need to come back and read all of the comments

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