That's right, when you baste your quilt is unwrapped from the boards as you go. Once it's totally basted, it's not on the boards anymore. Leah Day has a good video on how to handle a big quilt while you free-motion quilt it on your machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc2Y14B-vwkOriginally Posted by EdieClay
I do usually start quilting from near the middle. If I'm doing some stitch-in-the-ditch (SITD) combined with free-motion, I'll do all of the SITD first and then go back and do the free-motion designs. I don't think there's really a right or wrong way to do it, that's just how I prefer to handle it.