I had so many comments about the fact that I do not baste my quilts before quilting that I thought I had better explain why.
I would like to reiterate that I have mastered the art of lazy quilting and in fact have taken it to new levels. I used to baste. I would carefully layout each layer of the quilt on my living room floor and struggle on my hands and knees to baste (as suggested) every 3” to 4”. But then one day I asked myself “why am I basting this thing when I take out all the basting stitches in the hoop as I go along? Why not eliminate this step all together?
So… here is how I do prepare my quilts for hand quilting now. I still layout all three layers, but instead of basting I simply turn the edge of the backing around to the front and baste it down (o.k., so you caught me in a fib, I do baste a little!).
(This little stain was on the vintage feedsack when I got it so I left it just as is.)
I then start my quilting in the center and simply pull smooth out the 3 layers within the hoop, and away we go.
The secret is to take a little quilting with you when you move on to the next spot. If you jump around from place to place with your hoop you will most likely have a pucker, but if you make sure that your 3 layers are smooth and tight each time you move, your finished product will be as smooth as a baby’s behind!
Give it a try! It really helps the aging knees!
Disclaimer: This “no baste” method does not work for machine quilting anything over 36” or so. I don’t usually machine quilt anything over 36” so you see I really don’t baste very often.
These little guys from my latest "potholder" quilt project (more to come in my next post) were not basted before quilting.
I guess that is why I like the potholder method so much. I do not baste these little blocks before machine quilting or binding. Because I use wool batting, they stick together quite nicely after pressing the 3 layers together so there is no need to baste.
Hope this relieves all the pondering and the stress of basting for the rest of your lives!