August 28, 2010
Free Motion Quilt Along: Basting your quilt top
You can baste your top however you want, this is for all the people who are new to basting, or who wanted to know how I avoid puckers on the back. Welcome to my kitchen. Get your tape and your pins.
The first step, not shown, is pressing the front and back of the quilt top. Really well. I am way lazy and I avoid my iron like it has tuberculosis but I do make sure and get everything flat flat flat when I'm about to baste a quilt top. Then I lay the quilt backing right side down on a bit of floor I'm not afraid of taping and pinning.
I start on the selvage edges of the fabric. For this quilt that's the top and bottom. I tape one edge, making sure I'm not leaving any slack in the fabric between the pieces of tape. Don't forget the corners! (like I did here)
Then I tape the other, pulling the fabric enough that it is taut but not distorted. Start in the middle. Tape the whole edge. Yes, there are vertical wrinkles, don't despair.
Then it's time to tape the sides. I start in the middle on one side. Then I tape the middle of the other side, pulling it taut. See how the wrinkles disappeared between the tape?
Keep going, one side, then the other, until both sides are taped. Now the backing is nice and smooth.
Now lay down the batting.
Smooth it out with your hands. Smooth.
Now the quilt top. Get it nice and smooth too.
Now let's pin. I pin the middle in both directions first, then fill in the four quadrants.
I hope you have a cute helper like I do.
About six inches apart, I use my thumb and pinkie as a guide.
Keep your pins out of the skinny strips for this quilt along. Here's my top, all pinned up.
Now you can remove the tape.
While you're at it, pin up your practice pad too.
Great! We've got a few more things to discuss this week and I start you stitching next weekend! Oh, and I created a handy way to see all the quilt along posts, by adding a "Free Motion Quilting" page to the blog. See the little tab up above, right under the title?