Q&A with Oda May: Basting

 {fabric in background is from Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille}

Love to piece and quilt but hate to baste? You’re not alone. Join Oda May today as she answers a reader question about basting in small spaces.

Dear Oda May,

Greetings from Spain! I started quilting about four years ago and am still a bit green. Is there an easy way to put together all three layers – and get them all wrinkle free – before I start my hand quilting? I don’t have much space and usually put the layers together on the floor on my living room, which is a real pain in more ways than one.

Crawling on Pins and Needles,
Dear Consuelo!

I feel your pain (literally). Basting is my least favorite part of the process so I have some tips for you to make it less painful.

Clamps. Instead of suffering on your hands and knees on the floor, why not baste your quilt in small sections on a table top or counter? You can use strong clamps (found in any hardware store) to hold the three layers nice and tight. Use basting pins or a needle and thread with this method.

Fusible Batting. This may not be an option for hand-quilted projects but fusible batting also allows you to baste in small sections. All you need is space to iron.

Long-arm Basting. Most long-arm quilters offer basting services for both hand quilters and those who like to do their own quilting at home. Check with some long-arm quilters in your area for pricing and availability.

Baste in Peace,