You don’t want the layers to move while quilting, and it upsets your rhythm to stop every little bit to remove pins. Patsy Thompson has solved the problem beautifully with her basting wall system.
Essentially, she spray bastes on her wall. She has a wall set up just for this purpose, lined with ceiling tiles to pin into and newspaper to catch over spray.
If you don’t have that much wall space to dedicate, you could set up something similar with a large sheet of something that will accept pins, like foam core. Prop it against the wall for basting (don’t forget protective newspaper) and store it under the bed when not in use.
Not only does her method create quilt layers that won’t move, it’s very easy on your knees and back. Plus, spray basting eliminates pins and minimize the risk of puckers on the backside of the quilt. And, Patsy says she can spray baste a queen size top in about 20 minutes.
The following video, which is the first in a series of four tutorials for beginning free motion quilting, outlines her wall system. Forward to 5:45 to find how she bastes on the wall.
Patsy goes on to discuss her basting system in more detail in the following video. She thoroughly explains every aspect of her basting system. While she recommends this for free motion quilting, it will work beautifully for straight line quilting as well.
The right basting spray is important to your success with this system. Patsy prefers 505 Basting Spray and explains why in the video above.
She also demonstrates how to wall baste quilts of all sizes.
Click the links below to get more of Patsy’s great tips in the remaining two videos in her beginning free motion series.