pin basting made easier (a video tutorial)

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Let’s be real… basting quilts is NOT fun. I spent a couple of years finding a method that made it tolerable for me to complete this necessary task with minimal discomfort. Check out this video where I document my process of basting up to queen size quilts on my 60″ x 30″ 
worktable.

Here are some of my favorite tools that I use while basting:
Dritz Curved Basting Pins
Kwik Klip (make it easier on your fingers when closing your basting pins!)

How do you baste your quilts? Have any tips or tricks?
Please comment below and share!



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26 Comments

  1. Thank you for the video.
    I do it the same way. Only thing I didn’t do was use the ruler to smooth it. Great idea. Also I moved the claps and put them back on for every layer. This is probably why I sometimes get curvy seam, instead of straight. Good to know.

    Aileen in Florida

    1. Hi Aileen, glad the video was helpful. I do find that as soon as I added more pins, it helped with the waviness. Good luck!

  2. I pin baste like this but I use the big tables at my local library and secure with painter’s tape. I pushed 2 tables together for a big quilt and ended up having to climb on the table a bit to reach the center, so I’ll have to look for the clamps. I use my kwik klip tool, but a metal crochet hook works well if I need a second tool (like if I convince my husband to help me close the pins!

  3. Thank you for an excellent tutorial. Using your technique, I was able to pin baste and machine quilt with pucker free success! I am so very happy with the result. I recommended your tutorial to my friends.

    1. Hi Marilyn, I’m so glad it was helpful and you were happy with the results! Thank you for sharing my tutorial to your friends!
      Many thanks again,
      Sheri

    1. Hi Katherine, I don’t use spray adhesive… I try to avoid spraying stuff in my studio. It’s pretty small and I don’t like inhaling things like that when I can avoid it!

  4. If you have a table that you can put a bit of tape on, take a couple of wooden skewers and tape them in the center of your table. Place a whole one on the horizontal plane in the center. Take the other and break or cut in half and lay the halves along the vertical lane at the center. As you add each layer you can feel that X through the fabric and batting as you work the wrinkles out and therefore make sure that every thing stays centered.

  5. This is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen. Excellent job of explaining and going over things clearly. Thank you so much. I’ve pieced a quilt – my first – and have been hesitant to pin it together because I wasn’t sure how to proceed. This has been perfect and I’m so glad I came across it.

  6. Hi Sheri! I found this tutorial this morning and I can hardly wait to try it on my next quilt. I have a finished quilt top waiting for quilting and this will be perfect to give this a try on. I will be heading to the hardware store this weekend for some clamps. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!

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