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Thread: How long after basting the quilt do you need to quilt it?

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    Super Member Glenda m's Avatar
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    The reason I am asking..I can get some of my quilt tops basted, will have space avalible, but it will be a while before I can get to them to get them quilted. Will have to have them folded. So..any ideas.

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    If you refold them every other day or so and can otherwise leave them alone, I would think it would be okay to leave them that way for a few weeks. How do you plan to baste them, with thread? Or with pins?

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    I think they can stay basted pretty much forever, no matter what basting method you use. Just be sure to re-fold them often so they don't develop crease marks.

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    I think I'd thread baste vs. pins for a couple of reasons. One - if you suck up all your pins on things that are just hanging around...you have no more pins unless you buy them. Two - if your climate tends to damp, depending on how long they will hang out without quilting there may be a chance of rust. Otherwise, I would think you could leave them basted for just about forever. I know others have mentioned creasing. A friend rolls her quilts (finished or not) into a ball for storage so they don't develop creases. Personally, I don't know that I'd worry about creases. I wash everything after it's completed anyhow and I think any creases would wash/dry out during that process. JMO.

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    I using the board methods of basting. Sharon S? She says with her method of basting will keep forever!

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    I have some spray basted quilts hanging here on the treadmill(quilt hanger) that have been here a couple or 5 years or so. I will get to them someday. May have to respray the corners but I have quilted several that had sat for years and they did fine. I did press them a little cause of the wrinkles from being rolled up and slung over the tread, I mean quilt rack.

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    I think they can be spray basted quite a while.

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    They are not like turkeys- -you can baste them and leave them! hehehe!

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    I pin basted a lap quilt and it was at least a year before I quilted it. I never refolded it. I never even took it out of the cabinet. No fold lines on it and no wrinkles either.

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    I thread basted mine and kept it folded for probably two months and it was just fine.

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