|Basting Seven Sisters|
I thought I would write a post about how I go about basting my quilts. I use this method whether I am going to quilt by hand or machine. When I baste I use thread not pins. I found that when I used pins I would accidently run them over when machine quilting and that was not a good thing. I tried different methods of basting including the batting that can be ironed on and spray glue and did not have good results with either. When I first started thread basting I would tape the backing, the batting and the quilt top to the floor and carefully crawl around on it to baste it. Then I found a tutorial on-line by Sharon Schamber that showed her technique for hand basting with thread and I tried it and it worked for me. Janet from Quiltsalott has also used this method successfully. My husband cut me three sets of different sized boards for different quilt sizes (I didn't want to use really long boards if I was just basting a baby quilt!). Just as Janet from Quiltsalott does, I also use tape (green painters tape) to hold the edges of the quilt to the boards when starting to roll. Just a word of caution, I have found that I really have to be very careful removing the tape from the edges of the fabric particularly when using a very popular brand of solid fabric because the fabric just seems to shred very easily. I will say that since using this method I have not had any trouble basting and no problems when quilting - either by hand or machine.