Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Basting >



Old 07-27-2019, 03:05 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 19
Default Basting

Has anyone ever re-basted their quilt sandwich once youíve already done some of the quilting ??? I am l making a super simple big stripe quilt (with flannel backing which Iíve never used as backing before), and doing just straight line quilting echoing off of the seams. Iíve done a few rows and Iím worried about stretching of the fabric and whether or not I should take the rest of my safety pins out and smooth everything down again before I continue? This is probably a silly question lol. I pinned liberally. Should I just trust it and keep going? Or should I take the pins out to make sure itís as flat as it can be?
Mcask is offline  
Old 07-27-2019, 04:19 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38,365

I would smooth and repin if I had movement however if you changed the direction you sew every other row, it might help.
Tartan is offline  
Old 07-28-2019, 05:01 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 410

If it looks like it has stretched and no longer laying flat, then yes, I would re-baste, but otherwise I would just keep going, checking occasionally to make sure everything's still looking good.

In general I haven't had problems with the fabric bunching/stretching as long as everything is flat and smooth in the beginning Except when using flannel. With flannel, even when I've had in tons of pins it sometimes bunched up at the seams. I unstitched (which was a huge pain because it was ditched) and redid the seams that had bunched, and then I went really slowly and held the fabric taut any time I was at an "intersection."

You might consider using Elmer's washable (repeat: washable) school glue if you do need to rebaste. Just use tiny, tiny drops, but you can have many more tiny drops of glue than you would ever have pins, so the whole thing is more secure.

Last edited by QuiltnNan; 07-28-2019 at 05:26 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps
Mitty is offline  
Old 07-28-2019, 07:06 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 4,843

Yes, especially when I am free motion. I start in the center and work out about a quarter of the quilt at a time. I frequently work waves out to the ends to keep from stitching them in.
toverly is offline  
Old 07-28-2019, 03:49 PM
Power Poster
Jingle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 36,310

I would if I had bunching. I put a lot of large safety pins in my quilts so I don't have to redo it.
Jingle is offline  
Old 07-28-2019, 05:34 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 19

Thanks! Iíve never tried the glue before but I keep that one in mind for next time. For whatever reason I struggled with the flannel backing but it did turn out better than I expected in the end after only a few ripped out seams.
Mcask is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
03-31-2014 02:05 PM
03-25-2012 11:22 AM
Links and Resources
12-28-2010 02:28 PM
Becky Robinson
08-23-2007 09:34 AM
12-29-2006 04:57 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.