I tape the backing down, lay on the batting and top, then pin generously and baste generously. I hand quilt in my lap - no frame, no hoop, no starch. I also begin quilting in the center and work out from there. I have never had a problem except for the fact that my gluteal muscles get a little too much of a workout crawling around on the floor during the process. That's why baby's behinds are so cute though. I can always find the bright side!