This Layering Method Works Nicely for Both Pin and Hand-Sewn Basting!
We’d guess that for a majority of quilters basting the quilt layers together is the least enjoyable part of making a quilt. Many methods require crawling along the floor. Not only is that hard on the back and knees, it can be a challenge to get and keep a large quilt smooth and all layers secure, especially when basting from the middle.
Sharon Schamber has created an excellent video demonstrating how to hand baste a quilt – sitting down. Her method is all about maintaining control over your quilt, making it simple to keep the layers smoothly aligned during the basting process. Once completed, the layers can flex but cannot shift out of place. Plus, machine quilting will go quicker and more smoothly not having to deal with pins.
While pin basting is often perceived to be quicker than hand stitching, once you see this video you’ll realize that’s not always the case. Sharon clearly demonstrates every detail of her hand-stitched basting, and explains why she chooses to do things a certain way.
There’s a wealth of good information here. And, in the end, you’ll see that hand stitching can be just as quick if not quicker than pin basting. Plus, your basted quilt will be more stable than if it were pin basted.
However, if you love pin basting, watch this video anyway to learn Sharon’s layering method. It will work just as well with pin basting as it does for sewn basting.
Whether you’re a new quilter or an old pro, you’re likely to discover something new and useful in this video.
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