I did a little work on my French Braid - one of my PhD requirements. I have read and seen in pictures how many of you spread your quilts out on the floor to baste them together. That just makes my knees and back hurt to think about it. So I thought I would just show how I do mine.
The first step is to brew a pot of coffee. That is how I start off most of my quilting projects. I'll take a little hazelnut creamer in mine, please.
Then I layer my quilt sandwich on my cutting table making sure that I have the layers centered. Using binder clips I clip the quilt to the table, making sure that all wrinkles are smoothed out.
Then for my all time favorite tool to use in pin basting. I don't know what this little gadget is called, but it is a finger saver for sure. If you don't have one, you need to get yourself one. I think I found this one on a clearance table for $1. Didn't even know what it was for - just thought it interesting. Then I saw someone using hers, and bingo...I have loved it ever since.
I pin baste when I am going to machine quilt and thread baste when I will be hand quilting. I have often thought about contacting a long arm quilter and seeing if they would just baste a quilt together for me to do the quilting on it - have any of you ever done that? Just wondered if professional long arm quilters do that.
Soon I can show you how I set up my work space to quilt a monster quilt like this. For now, I am going to enjoy another cup of coffee and read some blogs.