4. 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. The tape can be spaced out more generously than on the backing fabric. The most common methods, along with a brief explanation of each, are listed below. After the layers are secured on a table or floor, they are stitched together with long basting stitches. Reply Delete. Continue adding tape around the edges of the fabric with gaps of around 4-6” between tape strips and keeping the edges straight and an even tension across the fabric. The first quilt I ever made, I sent to a long-armer so I didn’t have to worry about basting it myself. This can be conducted using Basting Sprays, pins, clips or temporary stitching called a Tacking Stitch or Basting Stitch. Grab the quilt top, again with help, and place it on top of the other two layers, right side up. Quilting for Beginners: How to Baste Quilt Layers Together. Try to use tape that is at least 2-inches thick. Backing fabric – approximately 4” bigger than your quilt top on all edges, Quilt wadding – approximately 4” bigger than your quilt top on all edges, Masking or painter’s tape – low tack, 1½” wide, Kwik Klip tool or spoon to help fasten the pins. Are you tired of kneeling on the floor to put your quilt layers together ? You need to determine which quilting method you want to use prior to sitting down at the machine. Any questions let me know! Thread basting uses long temporary stitches (sometimes done by hand and sometimes done with a longarm). Tip: When spray basting, you should always be spraying the wadding, not directly onto the backing fabric or quilt top. Favourite methods for basting quilts are a very personal thing and you may have to try different methods and variations to find one that suits you. This step is incredibly important to avoid puckering and fabric shifting when you go to sew the quilt. The main advantage of this method is that the adhesive is temporary and repositionable so if you need to lift and repostion the fabric, now is the time to do it! Painter’s tape You are aiming to work in rows so it will feel like you are applying stripes of adhesive! As you smooth up to the edge where each clamp is, unclamp, pull the quilt batting and reclamp. The quilt sandwich is made up of the quilt top, the batting, and the quilt's backing. TIP: You need a large space to baste the layers of a quilt together. All you have to do is load the tacks into the gun and then place the gun on your quilt area that needs basting and pull the trigger. This is the most traditional form of basting, but it is probably the most rare today. Don’t pull at the batting , just smooth out creases. 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. Spray baste is essentially a low-stick adhesive that you spray between the layers of your quilt to hold them together instead of using pins or thread. A temporary method of holding the quilt Sandwich layers together while you finish assembling it. Peel off the remaining tape, wadding and backing fabric remnants. Then pinning became the popular method for basting. When your quilt is basted- the three layers are held together- it is called a quilt sandwich :) There are three common ways to baste- thread basting, pin basting, and spray basting. This means you can lift a layer and reposition it … Quilt top (see method one for preparation details), Basting spray e.g. Place your quilt back on the table right side down, and smooth it out well. You need a large space to baste the layers of a quilt together. After the layers are secured on a table or floor, they are stitched together with long basting stitches. Iron the backing fabric and lay on the floor face down. There is also the option of using plastic tags. Repeat across the quilt, spacing your pins 4” apart and offsetting your rows as you baste to create a grid of pins. Cons: This is the most time consuming method. Do consider the impact of masking tape and safety pins on the surface you use. I put pins every 4 inches or so (and fist’s width) apart, but in tricky areas I put as many as I need. The Basting Butler foundation kit retails for $79.95. Use your hand to straighten the quilt top. I don’t care for those quilting pins, which are those safety pins with a bend in them that are made for quilting. I’ve tried many methods for basting quilts and this gives me the best results as I know my fabrics are secure and flat for quilting. Once you have a few quilts made, other backing options can include lightweight corduroy or velveteen and plush cuddle pile fabrics. There are wider fabrics for backing quilts with widths of over 100”/ 300cm and these are usually found at quilting shops rather than general sewing shops. Replies. As with many things in quilting, it’s down to personal preference and you may find it a great option for holding the layers together. Place the wadding on top of the wrong side of the backing fabric. You should be aiming for a light even coverage. See more ideas about quilting tips, basting a quilt… ... Stacking and holding the three layers of a quilt together- the quilt top, the middle batting layer, and the quilt back- and getting them to stay together? Add basting stitches 3 to 4" apart over the entire surface of the quilt top. Continue until the quilt top covers the wadding. Starting on any side of the quilt, take an open pin and scoop it into the quilt, grabbing all three layers. 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