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Dani posted on Fri, Aug 23 2013 11:32 AM

Hello Ladies,
As you may know, i'm VERY new to quilting, and with my last few projects, have tried machine quilting however i'm having a difficult time finding a basting method that works for larger quilts. For wall hangings and small projects I use the basting spray (which I think is great), but it doesnt work as well for lap size quilts or larger. I have basting pins (curved safety pins) which I have tried, but I run into the problem of the backing puckering up so i'm not sure if i'm just not doing it properly or if thats a common problem. I have also tried thread basting, and run into the same problem....the backing moves and becomes folded, or puckered. The only thing i've done that has worked, is basted small sections at a time, and used my hands to hold the backing taut while top gives me terrible aches in my hands! Also, I use normal pins and run into sticking myself frequently with that method...nobody wants a quilt with blood-stains.

Any advice you wise women can share would be greatly appreciated!!!

**Sorry it looks like I posted this question under tips and cant figure out how to delete it!! :/--still very new to this online community stuff lol**

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gini replied on Fri, Aug 23 2013 11:51 AM

it doesn't matter where you post it, dani.  i answered you on the other thread

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Answered (Not Verified) Carey replied on Fri, Aug 23 2013 3:56 PM
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Hi, I use basting spray on everything, If You find the right brand it works just as well for the larger sizes. Joann's had june tailors and that worked pretty well for my projects up to queen size. I have yet to do a king size on it. You can try using the clip things on a large table for basting as well. I learned that in a craftsy class.

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Cindy replied on Fri, Aug 23 2013 5:19 PM

Dani, Try this website


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Dani replied on Fri, Aug 23 2013 8:51 PM

Thanks Gini! I saw on the other page, and it was incredibly helpful! i never thought about wall basting but with my bad knees that is an EXCELLENT suggestion!!!! Thank you again =) I'll let you know how it goes haha.

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Patti replied on Fri, Aug 23 2013 9:36 PM

For a large quilt, I use safety pins about every 5 inches.  But perhaps more important is how the quilt is laid out.  I have a great, long counter.  I put the backing down first, right side down of course, and I may tape that and use some clips to hold it in place.  I try to be careful not to stretch it, but want it to lay flat.  Then I put on the batting and smooth that out.  I add the top, smooth that out and pin it.  After I am done pinning, I flip it over.  It won't look perfectly smooth, but at least won't have folds or overlapping.  Then when I quilt it, I "smooth" that portion where I am going to be qullting. as I quilt.  Be sure to start in the middle and work out.  it is much easier to smooth any puckers, or redo it if any show up.  If it puckers in the middle, it is hard to correct that. 

I check my work fairly frequently.  Looking at the back to see how it is coming together. 

Good luck!


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