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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Basting help?

My H2H quilt is ready to be basted but my knee is in BAD shape this morning. I simply can not crawl around on the floor basting the quilt and it has to get basted as in NOW because it is due out this week. 

Please share if you know how to baste a quilt that is almost 60 x 60 and you can't lay it out on the floor...putting weight on my knee by crawling is not an option...Thank you!

15 comments:

Dorian said...

Tonya, I'm sorry your knee is giving you fits today! On Stash Manicure, I think last month?, was agreat way to do this. Lay your stuff out on a table, and use clamps of some sort to hold it down taunt. Pin or hand baste the middle, then move the sandwhich to an unbasted part and reclamp. Hope that helps!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm going to echo what Dorian said except if you have one of those big cardboard mats that unfolds...they're for laying out a pattern to cut it on....you use clamps to hold your quilt to that. You put the mat on your dining table, then you're able to work without getting on the floor. You might have to do one end of the quilt, then the other. blessings, marlene

B-Z-Quilting said...

Sorry you are in so much pain. I typically use the curved safety pins instead of basting with thread, and my husband and I usually place the quilt sandwich on our bed and work on it together. We will start in the middle and place a few pins, them he will hold the quilt taut while I pin. I even did this with a queen sized quilt and it worked just fine. Hope you get better.

The Tulip Patch said...

I have my method completely explained on my blog under tutorials but long story short: spray baste on the kitchen table...sometimes with plastic clamps from the $ tree instead of tape. I have done up to king this way.

Me and My Stitches said...

I have a nice tall, long island that is wonderful for basting - come on over!!

Belinda said...

Oooh, these answers help me too! Sorry Tonya for your knee pain. I hope you can give it a little rest so it will get better again.

Linda said...

Oh Tonya, sorry to hear the Knee is acting up again. You know if I lived in MO I would be there helping you :) These tips above are great I'm going to try them too. I hate basting on the floor. Good luck!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I baste (pin, spray, thread) on a portable banquet table - lot's of length, but not width. Use the clamp a section method, move and reclamp another section. I do all my quilts that way - in fact, just did one up last night for quilting today.

teresamnj said...

So sorry about your knee, Tonya. I pin baste, and did a quilt almost that size on my dining room table. It hung over a bit, but I started from the middle, and would slide it toward and away from me, as I worked. Hope your knee is feeling better soon.

Patchwork Sisters said...

Sorry about your knee, hope it's better soon. Our local quilt shop and also the local fabric store will let us come use their tables. Put several together, tape, pin or spray baste. Have also used tables at church. Hope you get a suggestion that will work for you.

Patty@Granma's said...

Tonya - please please take care of yourself!
If your table has a leaf - you can spread the table apart enough to get one hand under the quilt and pinning is easy. if not, be careful not to mark the table top with pin scratches. I like fusible fleece, just iron and the back stays in place. Sprays can be very smelly, and breathing the air can be harmful, so take care, whichever way you go! Hugs

Fiona@BubzRugz said...

Sorry to hear you are so sore... any ideas I had have already been said.... take care....x
Hugz

Allie said...

OUCH! Girl, I never crawl around anymore...here's a link to a sort of tutorial I did on my blog of how I baste a quilt.

http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-of-sorts-or-how-i-baste-quilts.html

I've never had any puckering or any problems. My back won't let me get down on the floor anymore! I hope you feel better soon!

Dora, the Quilter said...

Hope your knee feels better soon!
Sharon Schamber has two parts of a basting method posted on You-Tube. You will need smooth 1 X 4 boards to do it. This is thread basting--the way I did it 30 years ago, except she has added boards. After a couple of decades of pin basting, I've gone back to this method--because I can baste several quilts at once (used to run out of pins) and then fold them nicely until I have time to quilt.
I blogged about it at one time, but I can't find the post.
Oh, be sure to put the "c" in Schamber when you search for it on You-Tube.
Hope this helps!

QuiltSue said...

I have found the iron on fusible wadding to be good, but I'm not sure what sizes it comes in. Otherwise I have taken quilts outside and spray basted on the table out there.

Hope your knee improves again soon.