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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Basting a quilt........

Since I had moved some tables for better access for my friend last week, I decided it was time to baste a couple of my own quilts.  I find thread basting very relaxing and can do it while watching 'The Good Wife' and the 10 o'clock news.  I know a lot of people complain about basting, and I would be cranky too if I had to open and close 500 safety pins.
Thread basting is natural and easy if you use the right tools: a very good quality 60 wt. 2 ply thread and size 7 John James basting needles.  I talked about it some more here.

This is the fabric I put on the back of this quilt.  For more photos of the layout fun of this quilt check here and here.

21 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

The better you bast the better the quilt. At least I found out anyway. I wish I had two tables to move together. I have to get on the floor to do mine, but it does work better to baste with thread. Chris

Lori R said...

I absolutely agree with thread basting. I have cones and cones of free poly thread that I got from a local garment factory and they will probably last me the rest of my life! Why would I BUY spray or safety pins? I thread baste for both hand and machine quilting.

Jackie said...

Things like that are definitely relaxing! Love the quilt!!

patty a. said...

What a wonderful quilt! I just love it! Now I know what to do with those scraps that don't fit the size blocks for those zig zag scrap blocks I have been making. Do you pull the thread basting out after you are done or as you go?
I am a pin baster and I have gotten pretty fast at it. I can do a baby quilt in about 25 minutes. The most pins I ever put in a quilt was millenium quilt - over 1000 safety pins! Now that one took me awhile to do - it was 8' x 10'.

HollyM said...

I once pin basted and it made marks on my Plexiglas glass table as I quilted. I have to got to a friend's house though to baste or I can do it at our guild UFO day at the civic center.

jovaliquilts said...

I see chairs by the table -- do you sit while you baste? I guess when I pin baste I do a combination of sitting and standing, and after awhile, my back gets unhappy.

QuilterBee said...

Why are you basting? I thought you had a longarm. Amie in Tn.

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

I had forgotten about this quilt, I like the layout! And, you just gotta love large blocks, you can make a quilt so much faster than using smaller ones.

The back is pretty, is that a Kaffe fabric?

Linda

Stray Stitches said...

Love the quilt and the bright backing fabric too! I actually don't mind pin basting - I use a grapefruit spoon to help close the pins.

cjw said...

How are you keeping the backing taut? When I thread baste (I've tried other methods, but the final product always turns out better when I thread baste), I usually use extra backing material so I can staple gun it to some 1x4's which I hold together with C-clamps.

I am glad to hear you can thread baste even if you machine quilt. I didn't know that was "allowed."


Christi W.

Judy said...

Enjoying the whole process is really what it's all about, isn't it? You made a good point about basting being relaxing. It's good to slow life down sometimes :-)

Needled Mom said...

I have never minded the basting myself. It makes me realize that I am approaching the next step - a fun one too. Do you baste your quilts that you quilt on the Babylock?

hetty said...

I love the layout of those gorgeous scrappy blocks! I have always pin basted my quilts. I was told to do so when I wanted to machine quilt and I never questioned that wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Perfect backing for this quilt. Colorful and whimsical as your design on the front.

I always appreciated your information on needles it was a great refresher course to go back again.

J~MT

True Blue Nana said...

If I knew the right way to baste I think it would be best. I usually use my dining room table to sandwich my quilts. If I baste that involves leaning over and it kills my back.

Lynn said...

I do enjoy looking at your work.

Regina said...

I should give that a try but I can't imagine how long it must take to remove it all when you're done?! I do hate buying that spray (so pricey). Right now my issue is trying to figure out a space in this house to lay it out.

karenfae said...

I don't really mind basting either - love that quilt - so colorful!!
Perfect
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Muddling Through said...

I like how you ended up putting this one together, and the backing fabric is just perfect! You make scraps look better than anyone!

Gayle Bong said...

I never minded thread basting and I used a frame too. My problem was barely enough room anywhere in the house. In the summer I took it outside a few times, but then I couldn't stand the frame up against a wall to baste standing up without bending over.

Cathi said...

Next time I've got to baste a quilt, I'm trying the thread basting. I use safety pins and my hands protest for a few days afterwards!