10 October 2010

A Quick Word About Basting

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.


  1. hi Vanessa,
    I am new to this craft. So by basting you don't mean with needle and thread. You mean you spray a basting starch on the fabric and then proceed.

    Thanks for this blog. I learn a lot.

    Your mom's sister in law, Diana Rawson Neves

  2. All the tips you shared are adorable !!! Thank you.

    voyance gratuite