Basting a Quilt

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Peg Spradlin teaches you how to baste a quilt to get it ready for machine quilting. She begins by finding the center of your table and then folds your fabric in order to find the center of your quilt fabric.

Basting A Quilt

Check out this additional video for more great instruction on how to baste a quilt.

Watch as Peg continues the process of basting a quilt by pinning the center of the backing and then taping the backing fabric to the table. She continues using large binder clips to secure the fabric to the table at the table edges. When basting a quilt it is important to remove all the wrinkles from the edges of the fabric backing. She explains that the fabric should be tight.

The same process is used for folding and finding the center of your batting material.

Then lay out the top fabric and smooth with the grain when positioning the quilt before basting a quilt. Peg explains that curved safety pins make for excellent results when securing the three layers of a quilt.

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16 Responses to “Basting a Quilt”
  1. Diane

    Thank you for a very clear and concise description of how to baste a quilt. I have 4 tops awaiting completion and have had a very limited notion as to how to commence ! The very full sewing room thanks you.

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      Hi Frances. I haven’t, you need to be sure to angle your needle so it doesn’t go into the table .

  2. Cindy Hotchkiss

    What are the dimensions of the table you are using? This looks like it will be the perfect way for me to baste quilts in my small space. I tried basting on a wall and it took forever and did not work very well. This looks like it will work great. So glad I came across this video.

  3. Carol

    Great video, I will try this method for sure.
    Could you please tell me the name of the pattern of the quilt you used in this tutorial? I really like the pattern. Thanks, Carol

  4. mamacat90807

    Wonderfully clear and concise demonstration, thank you! Takes all of the mystery and uncertainty out of the process. I have a perfect folding table about that size with height adjustable legs and a plastic surface, it will make the job simple.

  5. papercents

    Thank you! Binder clips! That’s so much better than painter’s tape – great idea & so helpful for you to step us through each of the steps. I will be using this method here on out, so thank you, thank you!

  6. Sue Hamer

    Brilliant instructions,I struggle on hands and knees on the floor so this will be much easier. I have a large table but the quilt is wider than my table. Would I still secure the sides in the same way?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Sue,

      Yes, you would still secure the sides in the same way and then just move it as necessary to baste the entire quilt.


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  7. Hope

    I love the thimble you are using! Can you tell me the name of it, or where it can be purchased? Thanks!

  8. Kathy Kendall

    I would like to know the name of the quilt pattern, too . . . where can I find it?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for your patience while I asked the expert, here is the reply:

      Unfortunately I do not know the name of the quilt pattern used in this demonstration.


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