My favorite part of the quilting process is the actual quilting — the part that keeps the three layers together. I enjoy cutting the fabric (unless it is one of my favorites and I am taking the plunge to use it!) and piecing the entire top. However, then I tend to stall and wait hoping that the basting part will magically happen on it’s own. The bigger the quilt, the more I stall. Does anyone actually enjoy basting large projects?
I am currently working on the bed quilt for my son. It is a full size bed, so I have been stalling for about two weeks. Yesterday, I pulled out my basting tables and squeezed them into my living room. The basting process is finally underway. The only thing getting me through the point is that soon I will be working on my favorite part of quilting!
Here are some basting tips — let me know if you have others!
- Use folding tables and line them up next to each other (it is quick to assemble/disassemble)
- Curved safety pins add speed to the process. Don’t be stingy and use lots of them. Store them in the open position!
- Make sure each layer doesn’t have any wrinkles and are taunt by using masking tape and clamps (found in hardware store)
- Start pining in the center. Work then outward and check along the way that there are no wrinkles