I often use the safety pin basting method. You’ll remove the basting stitches after your quilt each area. For table basting: large binder clips to secure the quilt layers to the table. Are you using enough pins? Table what-ing?? Mission accomplished – this quilt is now a perfect 88” x 89” – time to quilt it! But if your quilt is larger than your table, then you’ll have to work in sections to make sure all layers are smooth and wrinkle-free as you work. I was sold before I even knew what it meant! Basting a quilt on a small table – free tutorial. For pin basting on the floor: masking tape to fasten the quilt backing to the floor. I’d spent forever crawling around my lounge room floor, or tiled kitchen floor, basting my quilts – and my knees had had enough! Baste around the edge remaining of the top quilt using 1/2 “ basting stitch. How to Baste a Quilt with Pins. Just to be safe, I’ll baste the pieced border across the bottom – make sure nothing else moves. That is a great process you have for basting! I usually have the table … Heather Thomas shows you how to baste a large quilt on a table that is smaller than the quilt by using clamps and only pinning in the areas she plans to quilt. I used my dining table for a number of years, but it was not very big so it took a lot of moving around to get quilts all pin basted. How to Pin Baste a Quilt on the Floor. Some quilters recommend using “the hand test.” If you can place your hand on the quilt surface without touching any pins, use more pins! You can also use pool noodles or thick wood dowels. I used 1 x 2 pre painted pieces of wood to do the table top quilt basting that I got at my local hardware store. This is a good way to baste big quilts. You can lay out the whole quilt, flat and wrinkle-free, even if it is very large. If your quilt is larger than the table you will be basting on (mine always is), start by lining up one side/corner of the quilt and table, letting the excess fabric hang off of the opposite sides of the table. It helps to have a table that’s larger than the quilt. If you use the batting that comes folded and squished into a bag though, you might want to continue the spritz/press process. Basting a large quilt can be a challenge, but I have found that working at it in sections makes the job very manageable. Years later my Dad made me an 8 foot by 8 foot table and my battles with pin basting ended! The first step is to mark the centre of the table with some masking tape, then line up the centre of the pressed backing fabric with this line both at the front and back of the table. Really anything that you can roll the fabric onto and have it be wide enough and sturdy enough that it can be used again. 5. For me, the only upside is the knowledge that soon I will actually be quilting! 2. However, I now use only ROLL batting, so pressing the quilt and batting is definitely NOT necessary anymore. Basting a quilt can be difficult to do if you do not have enough table or floor space to lay out the entire quilt. Try clamping a large piece of plywood to a dining room table or pool table and use this as your basting surface. Supplies and Basting. Wondering how to spray baste a quilt on a table? ** 11.15.2014 - I am still using these same basting boards and tables for every quilt I make - and it still is amazing. Once the layers are secured to the table, the pinning commences! 6. In this method, each layer of the quilt is secured to the table with binder clamps separately: first the backing, then the batting and finally the quilt top. I’m hearing a collective “ahuh” from you all right now aren’t I? Start in the middle of your quilt … Basting the three layers of a quilt together is no one’s favorite task. 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