Careful basting of the quilt beforehand is absolutely essential so the quilt layers won't shift during freehand movement. I've included a few of my tips of successful basting.
- Prior to basting the quilt and batting layers together, iron the quilt (front and back) with a starch spray.
- Make sure the back piece and batting are slightly larger than the quilt-top. (If any small shift occurs, the quilt-top is still covered!)
- Use a good-quality basting spray. I love Sullivan's Original Quilt Basting Spray.
- As you baste each side to the batting, smooth away any wrinkles. For particularly difficult wrinkles, lift that corner of the quilt and gently lay down again--smoothing it as it lands on the batting.
- Once the quilt is basted together, insert safety pins throughout the quilt--another precaution used to prevent shifting.