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Old 01-22-2018, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by rryder View Post
I don't bother to clamp or tape. I lay the back down face down, smooth the batting over it and then lay the top on. I do it that way whether I'm spray basting or pin basting. The key is to continually smooth it as you go, particularly if pin basting. For Pin Basting I periodically slip my hand under the sandwich to make sure the pins are going through all three layers.

For spray basting I lay the batting on the backing, then fold the batting back halfway, spray either batting or backing (your preference) then starting from the middle where the batting is folded back carefully lay batting back down a little at a time, smoothing as I go until I get to the edges. Repeat for other half. Then lay top on and do same thing.

Never had problems with puckers doing it this way.

I just recently sandwiched a baby quilt for our new grand baby girl. I also tried this method and it worked out just fine.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:52 AM
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I baste the batting to the back first, then tape and baste the top...no more problems here!
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by maminstl View Post
I never tape or clamp anything - just smooth it out. I do use spray baste. Once done, I'll press it from the back if needed to make all is well.
This is how I do my quilts up to twin to machine quilt them. Larger ones I put them on my quilting frame and baste them if I am machine quilting them.
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:50 AM
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I, too, like Sharon Schamber's way of basting a quilt. After a while my back hurts, so I have a hard time pinning a quilt. Doing it Sharon's way, you can actually sit down while pinning and the boards really help to keep your fabric from being distorted.

When you tape your quilt down, you can get a big distortion, as well as wrinkles, because your quilt top or backing may not be on a straight-of-grain and it stretches very easily. Additionally, if you don't sew your binding on correctly, you exacerbate the problem and get those wavy borders on the edge of the quilt too. I think that quilters call them "lettuce edges."
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:21 PM
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I also do it the way Rob described, and I'm grateful I wasn't the one to try to describe that clearly.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:36 AM
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I use the boards and roll up the quilts and pin as you go like Sharon shamber on youtube...
hope this helps quiltinmama
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:01 PM
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I agree with the Sharon Schamber way. It is so much easier to snip threads while FMQ than using pins. Also, I have run into issues when using the spray baste. I know a lot of folks use it but it has not worked for me real well. If the piece is too small to baste, I use a home made version of pin moors. I made them out of the rubber mat squares for playrooms that I got on sale at Michaels. I just cut them up with scissors & they work well. I passed out samples at one of our guild meetings & members liked them, too.
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:39 PM
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I also use spray baste & roll the various layers each on their own tube. I lay the bottom layer down on the table or cardboard, spray a little basting spray on, roll the batting layer until I run out of sticky, then spray more & unroll more batting until I get to the bottom. Then I spray more basting spray on top of the batting & unroll the quilt top down on the sticky part & spray more, roll more until it's done. I love spray basting!! Let dry over night & quilt as desired...
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:01 PM
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I agree with the above suggestions, but I'm wondering about your original floppy. I have taught my grandkids to press, not iron and when you run your hand over the top it should almost feel like one piece of fabric.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:44 PM
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I tape my backing to the garage floor, lay batting on top, peel one side back, spray the batting a little at a time and smooth back down, repeat on other side then lay the top on, peel one half back, spray batting and slowly smooth top sections down.
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