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    ARG! Need some advise/tips

    Spent 6 hours today basting batting and back to quilt top...STILL I found folds in the back. Problem here is space. I cannot take over the floor with back taped up to baste because of the animals. What do some of you do to keep your back from folding/wrinkling if you can't use a large space? Sew darn frustrating!
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    Some use the their church's spaces to baste , when its not a time for services or meetings. I have seen some use tables at the library . Many LQS allow people to baste in classroom space when not in use. Maybe even your JoAnns has a classroom that you could use.

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    I cover my bed and put the layers together with spray glue--about a third section at a time. No folds.

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    Ah yes, spray glue. Not in my budget lately, but that is a great idea!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    I use Sharon Schambers method. She has videos on youtube. It takes up a whole lot less space plus you get to sit in a chair and work at a table. Now, instead of doing her hand stitching I use spray baste for the center and just do the hand basting along the borders. Comes out perfectly smooth every time.

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    I use Sharon Schambers' method, too, except I only use pins. It does take up space but not like using the floor. I put a card table next to my dining room table for large lap quilts - the quilts are large, not the laps. I've never had a wrinkle and it's so much faster and easier than packing everything to go to the church.

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    even a LQS may let you use their classroom for basting.
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    I have a glass topped dining table, use clamps from home depot. I pin with safety pins and move , clamp and keep going until it is all pinned. Good luck.
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    Do you have a wall you could use? I've read of others who have basted this way, but I think it was spray basting.

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    I got to the library

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    you can baste a king size quilt on a card table. Just center each piece then baste that section; pull the next unbasted section over the card table. Then pull right, left, top bottom and baste until all is completed. No need to lay it out full on the floor or table.

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    I take it to work and put it together after hours or at lunchtime

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    I do mine in my hall on the wall and I pin baste.Name:  basting mindy's choice.jpg
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    I use the Elmer's School Glue. It's a heck of a lot cheaper then the basting spray and works wonderfully. Also, per advice of another QB member, I lay out the batting first, then glue the backing to it. Once dry, I flip it over and glue the front.

    I've only done this, with the Warm & White batting. Not sure it'd work, with poly batting.
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    I like Sharon Shamber's method when I have a large quilt to baste. I use straight pins and Pinmoors. Fast and no pin pricks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have a glass topped dining table, use clamps from home depot. I pin with safety pins and move , clamp and keep going until it is all pinned. Good luck.
    I do something similar to Jingle. I use my cutting table which is about 40" by 60" and don't usually make anything larger than around double bed size. I center the quilt back on the table and fasten it down, then add the other parts and smooth them down. After basting the middle, I unclamp and move the whole piece left or right. Most of the time I am able to get the rest of that side onto the table. Repeat the clamping and pinning. Then do the opposite side the same way. Once the center is done, I turn the quilt 90 degrees so most of the top is now on the table. Continue the process and then do the bottom the same way. I can't get down on my knees to do it, and most of the house is carpeted (this is Minnesota, after all!) So this works for me.

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    I also use the Susan Schamber method and learned not to worry about the wrinkles because they do quilt out because you're stretching the fabric as you quilt.
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    I tried something different the other day. I was in a very big hurry. I had washed and dried the backing but hadn't pressed it yet.

    I "commandeered" some very large, flat boxes from work (we ordered 3 of the floor mats for office chairs and when I saw the boxes they were in, I wrote "DIBS" on them!) and laid 2 of them on the floor. I had to use my bedroom floor and close the door to keep the critters out.

    I put the backing down and sprayed some starch on it, then put the batting down. Then I sat down right in the middle of it, and smoothed it out. I didn't take too long and didn't get overly obsessive about it. So far, so good. My knees weren't hurting, and that's what mattered to me. I sprayed more starch on the batting and put the top on, sat on the quilt, smoothed, etc.

    Then I flipped it over, and it looked like a wrinkle convention happened on the backing. No problem, because I didn't take much time to really do it, so, I started tugging and messing with it, and then I remembered the "board method". I left 1/2 of the backing where it was and rolled up the other half on a board that I had (hand quilt frame). I re-sprayed starch on the batting and un-rolled the backing/board and pressed it as I went. Flipped it around and did the same to the other side (my iron cord wouldn't reach!). Ta da! Turned out really really well.

    Turned the quilt right side up, and pressed the top and put safety pins to hold it every square. I didn't have a whole lot of faith with using starch, but I didn't want a thousand pins either.

    It held together really really well and didn't take as long as I thought it would, but my knees were starting to hurt. Should have put my knee pads on! The cats weren't even scratching at the door! I am almost finished with the quilting, and I haven't found any puckers on the back. I don't know that this method would be a good one if I basted today and waited 6 months to quilt it, but it sure went from floor to sewing machine just fine! And I couldn't tell that using the cardboard as an ironing board hurt my tile vinyl floor any.

    I figured if quilters could use Elmers Glue, then I'd give spray starch a try. $1/can. Oh! I'm going to post this on that thread, too!!
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    Many churches have meeting rooms with folding "banquet" tables that can be pushed together for this purpose. My town's senior center is that place local quilters use.

    With lap sized quilts, I drape them over my own table, using gravity to help me....along with a lot of smoothing by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    I do mine in my hall on the wall and I pin baste.Name:  basting mindy's choice.jpg
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    i like this idea - it's so much better on the knees, too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    Ah yes, spray glue. Not in my budget lately, but that is a great idea!
    With coupon it's not that expensive at JoAnn's - under $10 a can. In any event, how much is it worth NOT to have problems?

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    I used a large quilting hoop when basting to hold everything tight.

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    I use quilt frames. One set is at least 100 years old, a "double bed" size I stapled a denim strip on all my sticks to which I pin the quilt. (My mother-in-law used thumb tacks.) And I use bolts to hold the sticks together. (C-clamps work, too.) I have two sticks that are 96 inches long; made by my son from the old baseboards in this house. I have two more sticks 48 inches long for small quilts. I use them all, all the time. Everything is pulled really tight. I can pin-baste a quilt in about an hour. If I'm going to tie the quilt, that takes longer. Everything is smooth for FMQing.

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    Before I discovered putting the dogs outside - I used our bed. Now I put the dogs outside before putting the quilting all together with batting and back, vacuum the floor, and proceed. Once I'm finished, the dogs can come back inside.

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