Putting the Layers of Your Quilt Together

Posted by aquiltershive on March 16, 2011

There are several ways to baste a quilt. One of the easiest is to buy a basting spray or you can do one of the following:

You can attach your backing fabric to a large surface, like the floor, or two large tables at a public building pushed together. Attach it securely right side down with clamps or those large black paper clips with the handles that fold down, available at stationary stores. Then smooth out your batting layer and then your top layer. You then baste all three layers together using large stitches starting from the middle. Use white thread so the dye doesn’t come off on your quilt. Or you can use safety pins which is quicker. Make sure they are no more than 4" apart so the layers won’t shift. Tacking your quilt with a tacking tool is not recommended as it leaves large holes in your quilt, it is difficult to get the tacks out without cutting into your quilt, and unless your batting is very thick the layers may shift, making your quilt lumpy when quilted.

Another method is to take your quilt to a local long arm quilter and have it machine basted for a fee. Since I have a bad back from all the lifting this is what I do. You may also have the quilt professionally quilted by a long arm quilter, and skip all these steps. (A Quilter's Hive have a Professional Quilting Service please contact Debbie for information and prices.)

What to do once you have the quilt basted? It is quilted together either by hand or by machine. Go to your local library or quilt shop and see if they have books on this subject. A Quilters' Hive often run classes that can teach you how. Please contact Debbie to enquire when the next class will be run.

 


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