Monday, March 17, 2014

How I board baste

I had been spray basting for quite a while, but was having a hard time with some of my larger quilts. I was getting puckers on the back and was just not happy with how things were turning out.  I discovered board basting (I think it was here) and thought I'd put together a little tutorial on how I do it.

I had my husband buy me some long boards and cut them down to 6' long. I clear out my kitchen island (I love the height). Start with the backing and roll it up with the right side down.



Smooth out the quilt as you go and wrap fairly tightly. Then wrap your top with the right side up. forgot to get a picture of that).  Start the basting process by laying the bottom out and smoothing it nicely.


Lay the batting on top of it lining up the bottom and sides, smoothing a you go.


Lay the top on top of that and unroll it towards the back, smoothing as you go.


Pin baste the exposed area. When you run out of room, pull the excess batting over the top and slide to the front of your surface.


Unroll the backing, flip the batting back on top and then unroll the top over it all. Make sure all layers are smooth of course. 


Pin and repeat as needed! How do you baste?




8 comments:

Sharon T said...

Genious!

Issabella The Cat said...

I am going to use this method for my next bed sized quilt to stop me cursing my quilts while basting on the floor!

Marci Girl said...

I've been seriously considering doing this technique for a while now, because I already have the 2x4s, but now I really want to do it! Great step by step!

Katie said...

love the tutorial -- thanks for sharing

Lisa said...

Great idea!

Katy Cameron said...

I spray baste, but I also have the luxury of a large loft space that I gained when I floored the loft last year. It's freezing in the middle of winter, so I don't hang around up there, but it works well for the purpose!

Newbie Jen said...

Interesting! I haven't been spray basting my larger quilts because I don't seem to have enough hands to lay everything out and smooth at the same time. This solves that problem, I may have to give it a try.

Betsy O said...

I've seen this method done using pool noodles. You slice down the side to make a slot to tuck the end of the fabric in and then roll it up.

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