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Nanageek posted on Thu, Feb 10 2011 11:02 AM

I'm not sure if this has been asnwered yet.  Do you have any hints on hand basting a quilt.  I have already used temporary adhesive but want to hand baste it also.  Are there any videos that may help??  I plan to machine quilt with a walking foot.

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Answered (Verified) Kris replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 3:38 PM
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Sharon Schamber has YouTube videos on the subject.

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Answered (Verified) gini replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 4:29 PM
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hello nanageek how are you   we haven't heard from you for a while, so it's is nice to see you again.     i hand baste every 6 or so inches, vertically horizontally and diagonally.        you can get a quilt machine basted by a LAQ for about $20      gini

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Answered (Verified) Liz K replied on Mon, Feb 14 2011 12:27 PM
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I have baste most of my quilts.  I use a piece of 4' X 8" styrofoam to pin it to - stretching it but not too tight.  I put up the backing first, them batting them top pinning each time.  I them use larger quilting pins to pin all layers together starting from the middle to the sides then I pin the edges.  I then have a board about 2' X 3' that I sit on my lap and baste it while I watch TV about 4" apart.  I tend to baste closer than most people.  If you have a quilt larger than the styrofoam you can pin it in sections or use two pieces.  You can get this at most home improvement stores.  I prefer to pin standing up rather than leaning over a table due to arthritus in my back.  I hope this helps.  I also tend to do a lot of basting at one time.  If the quilt is not too large after it is basted I fold it and hang it from a pants type hanger until I get time to quilt it.  I hope this helps.

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Answered (Verified) Kris replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 3:38 PM
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Sharon Schamber has YouTube videos on the subject.

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Answered (Verified) gini replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 4:29 PM
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hello nanageek how are you   we haven't heard from you for a while, so it's is nice to see you again.     i hand baste every 6 or so inches, vertically horizontally and diagonally.        you can get a quilt machine basted by a LAQ for about $20      gini

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Marie replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 10:25 PM

Kris that was interesting and different but makes a lot of sense.  Total control!  Have you tried this method?

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Thanks Gini.  And, I'm glad to be back.  My mom passed away 2 weeks ago today and am finally getting back to somewhat normal. 

What is LAQ?  Have you ever used Sharon Schamber's method as Kris suggested?  Seems complicated although I do starch the backing. 

Your method is close to what I'm doing. I'm quilting using  the “stitch in the ditch” and basting on both sides of the seam, starting in the center.

I'll post a picture sometime today.

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Thanks Kris.  Have you tried her method?  I do starch the backing.

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gini replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 9:47 AM

nanageek,  i'm so sorrry to hear about your mom.  remember take care of yourself.  

LAQ - long arm quitler.   i haven't tried her method.  i haven't had a quilt the right size for me to use thread basting, since i've seen it    they've either been small enough to spray or too big and i sent them out for basting, or i was too lazy and sent them out for quilting.    gini 

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Marie replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 9:52 AM

Welcome Nanageek and my condolences on the loss of your mom.  Praying that your memories will sustain you, God Bless.

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Nana replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 9:54 AM

Nanageek

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.  I hope that you are doing well. 

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Nanageek replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 11:33 AM

Thanks Gini.  I'm hoping to be back on track soon.  My mom was 91

Here is a picture of what I'm doing.  I'm wondering if your method make be a better choice.  (every 6")  Is that both hor and vert??

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Nana replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 11:37 AM

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This is so pretty.  Going to be stunning when you finish.

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Kris replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 11:52 AM

Nanageek:

Thanks Kris.  Have you tried her method?  I do starch the backing.

I haven't done it exactly the way she does but it's close. It took me several hours to baste a full sized quilt. Very difficult when you're on the floor. Now that I have quilting frames (hand and machine) I don't baste very often.

My condolences on the loss of your mother.

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Kris replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 11:53 AM

Oh and your quilt is lovely.

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Nanageek replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 12:05 PM

Thank you Silverfox

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Nanageek replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 12:08 PM

Thank you Nana.  I miss her dearly.  Prayerfully I'll be back to "normal" soon.

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