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Old 01-21-2016, 01:40 AM
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I pin baste my work, using a large table and bull dog clips to hold the layers to the table edge. Usually I baste my quilt in one session, setting aside an afternoon to do it. Can there be any reason why I couldn't clip my layers out on the table and start to pin baste and then leave it for a day or two before continuing? Must it all be done in one "session"?
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:28 AM
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I don't see any reason why it needs to be done in one session. However, I'm no expert at pin basting. I've only done a couple with pins. I now spray baste.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:13 AM
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I use the same process as you. Seems to me I've left mine overnight or longer while in the midst of pinning. Particularly the monster king/queen sizes. No reason not to leave it. Have to do a bit more smoothing when re-positioning but I do that anyhow.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:36 AM
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I baste same as you do, with pins and clamps.
I have left mine overnight (about 17 hours) with no difference seen.

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Old 01-21-2016, 04:54 AM
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As I see it, there should be no problem with leaving it for a short time--overnight or so. I would try to support the overhang if it was very large and heavy to prevent stretching or distortion. JMHO.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:00 AM
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Usually I just use the bull clips to hold the bottom smooth, then lay out the batting making sure it is smooth and then lay the quilt top down. I have left a quilt just as is and came back to finish pinning the next day with no worries but I don't have a cat in the house. Why not just pin the outside edges and then you could reposition the bull clips to hold everything in place.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:09 AM
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Thanks everyone. Appreciated.
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:33 PM
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What size bull clips do you use?

Do you get them at an office supply store or some place like Home Depot or on Amazon?
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:20 PM
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I don't see a problem with leaving it for overnight. I think I've done that before & don't remember it being an issue. The next time I pin baste I'm going to try it by leaving the pins open. I can't remember if I read that on this board or on a blog somewhere but it sounded good to me. I also read that one quilter left her pins in while she did stippling & just stippled around her pins. That way she didn't have to take them out during the quilting process & it saved a lot of time. These are a couple of things I want to try in the future.
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:39 PM
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Hi Janecat......I don't know what size bulldog clips I use, just got a box of some big ones from the local Office supply chain over here. Works well.
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