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Thread: Basting a Quilt --My problematic project

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    ButtercreamCakeArtist's Avatar
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    I basted my project last night. This is the project that I had so much trouble with getting the pattern enlarged and printed. Everything went wrong with it for a while. I've learned so much on this project. It's a wall hanging and not large, but it is my largest project so far. Even though everything went wrong, I fixed it, and it is looking good! (If I do say so myself!--Pictures promised soon! I was having issues with my computer not wanting to accept my pictures).

    Now, I need help with basting. When I basted it, I guess I did it upsidedown. I put the quilt top face down on the bottom and the backing on top. I really don't know why. We'll blame it on tiredness. Anyway, I basted pretty well (well as in that it holds together well and I basted fairly close together), but I have some puckers. Most are toward the outside. Should I re-baste this thing or just work the puckers out as I quilt from the center?

    I just basted using thread. No sprays involved.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    As much time as you have in this project, I'd say a little more time to rebaste will be worth it. It would be a shame to end up with quilted puckers after the effort to make it right.

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    I agree with BellaBoo. Take the time to do it right. You won't be sorry you did. Can't wait to see it when you are done. I'm sure it will be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    As much time as you have in this project, I'd say a little more time to rebaste will be worth it. It would be a shame to end up with quilted puckers after the effort to make it right.

    I agree. If the puckers were on the back, I would say just work them out. But since they are on the top, I wouldn't risk it. Better to do it over.

    Good luck, and be sure and post a finished photo!

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    Looks like I'll be re-basting. :)
    I knew that was the right thing to do. Are there any secrets you use that I should know?

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    Re basting is a good step. Take your time and do a good job on this.

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    I agree with everyone - - re-baste!

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    Can anyone give me a few details on how "you" baste your quilts? Some use safety pins, while some don't. Some use regular pins, some don't. Some baste with thread...some use the basting sprays.
    Do you use starch? Where do you do your basting (floor, kitchen table, etc.)
    ania755 posted this link to a video in another thread (the other thread: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/26522.page ) about basting:
    http://sharonschambernetwork.com/fre...ing/index.html
    I've found that to be helpful, well, it's informative. It hasn't "helped" me yet because I haven't tried it. Has anyone ever used this method? Does everyone really baste that close together. I had in my head that it was good to baste 5 inches apart. I did baste mine closer than 5 inches, though.

    I may find time to re-baste and possibly quilt this project this weekend. I'm hopeful.

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    Nice video. It looks like a lot of work but it may be worth it to get a quilt back nice and smooth.

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    Buttercream,
    I baste with curved safety pins. I first place my backing down and tape, making sure to smooth(pull) out all the wrinkle, next batting, then the top. I use alot of pins, alittle of pain putting in and taking out, but so far no puckers and I have done some large quilts. Good luck on your next attempt. I am sure you are going to love the results.

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