Not the most exciting topic, I know… But as the inhabitant of a very small home, with carpet on almost every floor surface, I’ve come up with a way to baste a quilt up to 60″ x72″ (anything bigger than that, I prefer to send to the longarm quilter, anyway, to save my neck and shoulders the strain). Even if you have the floor space, this makes basting much easier on the back and the knees!
Any quilter knows pin basting on carpeting is hard to get right. So, I set up two 30″ x 72″ lightweight (plastic) banquet tables in our living room, and tape the quilt back tautly around the edges (laying face down) to prevent “ripples” on my quilt back:
That pieced back has one scrappy block on it (that was SO much fun t make!) that will serve as the quilt label (text is pixelated, as this is a gift and I wouldn’t want to the recipient to see the surprise!):
Then I carefully lay out the batting (usually I have someone help lay this down, each one of us holding two corners, so it gets placed somehwat centered and even without shifting the quilt back at all. Smooth out any wrinkles in the batting gently with my hand:
and then I pin, and pin, and pin some more:
Typically I use 80/20 batting, so I pin approximately every four inches. I actually had to baste this one twice (crap.), because after pinning the entire quilt, I realized the batting was deformed (for lack of a better term) and was going to distort the finished quilt. At least I noticed it prior to quilting! So… I went and bought new batting, my sweetie helped me unpin roughly 320 safety pins, and I started all over.
I’m guessing the batting I originally had was just an inferior brand (something I was given or picked up at a garage sale, most likely) and it had some strange creases and ripples, that I had never seen before in a batting. First time I ever threw away batting that was larger than a scrap, but the entire 70″ x 80″ piece went straight in the trash!
Have you ever had faulty batting? Ever had to baste a quilt more than once?