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    What a mess - advice needed

    I just finished piecing together a quilt, 88x98. My loft library floor is completely cleared off, and so I carefully laid down the back, then the batting, then the top. I made sure everything was nice and smooth. I basted it by hand, and hours later, lifted it up, flipped it over............. and the whole back was wrinkled where I had crawled around on it. I am a self taught quilter, and would appreciate any advice/tricks/tools of the trade to help me baste my quilt correctly! Donna

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    I deeply agree with Shari, great method!
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    I lay mine out on a table and pin each section as it's on the table. I've also learned the hard way to peek underneath the quilt every so often to make sure it's not getting wrinkled or folded over.
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    When I used to put my back on the floor, I would smooth it out and tape the edges down with masking/ painters tape to the floor. You want it taut but not stretched or the the back will rebound from the stretch when you take it off the floor. I put pins through the tape that is on the fabric edge so it doesn't peel off until I am done. Then I smooth out the batt and top and start to bast. You put a marble under the backing so that you can roll it along as you bast so that you have room to put the pins in or the needle for thread basting.
    I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible most of the time now and the sandwich has to be ironed instead of pins. I do this on the old carpet in the basement.

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    I cant get down on the floor so have to do it in sections on my cutting table.
    I clamp the backing around the edges with it as close to centered as I can eyeball.
    You can use those large black clips but they are hard to open so I bought the white plastic clips for cutting tables.
    Then I lay the batting and top on and clip them. Once it is pined I remove the clips and move the quilt over and reclip for the next section.
    This works for me and dont have any folds.
    My table is from Joanns and has two leaves that fold down for storage. It was $50 when I bought it years ago. Thay are more expensive now. It is only 36 in wide so do not do bed size quilt they get sent to the long armer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    When I used to put my back on the floor, I would smooth it out and tape the edges down with masking/ painters tape to the floor. You want it taut but not stretched or the the back will rebound from the stretch when you take it off the floor. I put pins through the tape that is on the fabric edge so it doesn't peel off until I am done. Then I smooth out the batt and top and start to bast. You put a marble under the backing so that you can roll it along as you bast so that you have room to put the pins in or the needle for thread basting.
    I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible most of the time now and the sandwich has to be ironed instead of pins. I do this on the old carpet in the basement.
    I tape the edges too or I have been known to pin it to the carpeting when I have to. That way it doesn't move around on me. I LOVE the idea of putting a marble under it rather than scratching up the floor or actually sewing it to the carpet.

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    I have said it before and will say it again....I use Elmers School Glue to baste my quilts together works like a charm.
    Layer backing, batting and top as usual, but you are only going to be doing doing one side at a time so no wrinkles....
    I fold my top back to the center of the top (a row of pins here helps) then thin drizzle of glue maybe 12-18" down. Smooth the top down nice and smooth....flip back to end of glue and drizzle more glue. When finished with one half
    of top...do the other half.....then wait maybe an hour to give the glue a chance to set and then flip it over, smooth the back down nicely....flip to center and start all over again....when finished with the back I let it sit for several hours or over night just to make sure everything is dry and set.... I free motion quilt all my quilts on my home machine with no problems, my needle does not get gummy, no 'hard spots'.....and when I am done with my quilt I wash it (I personally love the look of a wrinkled/washed quilt) and all the glue is gone.....
    Reminder: make sure you purchase and use only Elmers SCHOOL glue...that states washable.
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    Thank you all for your suggestions! Donna

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    I also use Elmer's School Glue but learned "the" way to do it, here on the QB. Lay down batting, first. Then smooth/glue the top (or backing) into place. Flip, repeat. The batting holds its shape and won't shift, like the fabric will, when on the bottom.
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    Another Sharon Schambers board fan here except I pin mine. No wrinkles at all. Only note is to pat the batting in place - don't pull it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    I cant get down on the floor so have to do it in sections on my cutting table.
    I clamp the backing around the edges with it as close to centered as I can eyeball.
    You can use those large black clips but they are hard to open so I bought the white plastic clips for cutting tables.
    Then I lay the batting and top on and clip them. Once it is pined I remove the clips and move the quilt over and reclip for the next section.
    This works for me and dont have any folds.
    My table is from Joanns and has two leaves that fold down for storage. It was $50 when I bought it years ago. Thay are more expensive now. It is only 36 in wide so do not do bed size quilt they get sent to the long armer.
    This is what I do as well...EXCEPT, I also do bed quilts on this table. Once I get the center section pinned (or thread basted), I then shift everything, reclamp each layer, pin and continue to do this until the entire quilt is completely pinned. I have done king size quilts on this table.

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    I tried this method a few times, but it did not work for me. My DH bought the boards for me and cut them to size. I used two 4x72 inch tables put together that are raised to the correct height for me. I was very careful throughout the entire process watching the video as I went along. I checked the back often and made corrections yet still had wrinkles on the back when I finished. After it happened for the third or fourth time, I quit. I now make baby quilts with the Missouri Star Quilt Company's strip method. After watching Jenny demonstrate it a few times, I gave it a try with good results. I even make the strips by combining separate blocks in varying styles. She does say that it might not be the right choice for a larger quilt. I hope I can find a method for larger quilts that works for me so I can finish my adult size quilt tops. Good luck with your basting.

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    Listen to all the advice to use Sharon Schambergs method. I use basting spray and do it in sections. Hope this helps.
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    I tried a variety of methods before finding basting spray. Basting spray is all I use anymore. Aside from being much faster, it allows me to "correct" any wrinkles. The problem you encountered when turning over your quilt would have been easily correctable with basting spray.

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    When I first started quilting I had a large frame for hand quilting loaned to me. When we moved I used the floor. That isn't a real option anymore, though.

    I had some folding Lifetime tables I used to use. They are too heavy for me now. So I go to my LQS and ask to use their tables when they don't have any classes. I have also used the large tables where I was going for a quilting group.

    Lots of options out there. You just have to be creative.

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    I would starch the back the lay it out and tape it to the floor. The starch will make it a little harder to baste because of the stiffness but use a really large or crooked needle.

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    You can also purchase a long PVC pipe, cut into equal sections and drill a hole at your preferred height and put a long stove bolt through the pipe and secure with a nut. Get someone to help you to raise your table and drop the legs down into the pipe. Voila! just the height you need to save your back. Center the quilt on the table, clamp, and baste, using your method of choice. It won't take more than a half hour to measure, cut, and drill the holes in the pipe and fasten the stove bolts (or carriage bolts) through the holes. We liked them so much that at church, we leave them in the tables so the seniors can get to the pot luck dishes easier. Hope this works for you.

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    I baste mine on folding resin tables bought at Lowes. I have 3 tables DH bought for my Christmas village display, so the rest of the year they are used for pin basting quilts. I lay the backing out smooth and taught and clamp with picnic tablecloth clamps, spread the batting out and smooth it, then the top. I don't clamp every layer; with cotton batting the layers stay together nicely. I pin what I can reach on the table, remove the clamps and position, smooth, and pin the next section. I've tried several ways, but this works the best for me.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    I use Patsy Thompson's spray basting method with a couple pins, and I like it. I do have "Cheryl"s foldable design wall that will accommodate any size. Works great for me. I like Sharon S. method for smaller quilts, but now use the spray glue for
    everything- it is more forgiving like Prism99 said.

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    I am a longarm quilter and offered a basting service for my clients. I used to baste a queen quilt for 35.00.
    Perhaps, you could ask your local longarm quilter if they offer such a service.
    Otherwise, I used to tape/pin my backings to the floor to assure that the backing was taunt enough.
    Hope this helps.

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    I use basting spray only now. I didn't think I would like running "glue" through my machine, but it's works great and I've never had any residue left. Just fold your quilt in quarters and do it one section at a time.

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    Neesie, your way sounds like what i could do. The other ways all sound harder. sinceit is glued it makes sense lyou could just flip and do other side. Thanks may try that next time. If it doesn't work I can just wash gently and the glue goes away. cool......

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    I tape the backing down on the floor then I layer and baste. Not always the most convenient because your on the floor for awhile and in my case I take up the whole kitchen floor so DH has no kitchen access while I am at it. But based on the layout of the house etc. it's the best i can do for now.

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    I , too, use only the basting spray. It is wonderful stuff & if by chance get a wrinkle in the backing, you can fix it with no problem. With the basting spray, no pins are needed. I do tape my backing to the floor, or a wall would work also, spray it in half sections lay down the batting & smooth out. Then spray the batting & lay down the top & smooth out. It all stays together with not pinning.

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