In my case, I used the backing whole and just added the sections to it as I went. My quilt was in 5 sections, the center, 2 sides, and the top and bottom.
Originally Posted by ssnare
Actually the backing had to be pieced at the top and bottom, also, and I waited to do that until I was ready to add the front top and bottom sections to keep the size I was handling down.
Since I was using fleece for the backing, I did not need a batting for my quilt, however, this technique would work either way. The two methods of handling the quilt I used were rolling of the edges and puddling the areas where I was actually quilting. I only have a regular sewing machine so this works best for me.
The first, and most difficult, part was to center the center section on the backing accurately and get it pinned securely. I use safety pins for this, but use your method of choice.
centering the center panel
ready to quilt the center panel