Board basting

I woke up yesterday morning and watched the Royal Wedding while getting started on sandwiching a king sized quilt. I’m working on a king size quilt as a wedding present and since I embarked on this project, I had been trying to figure out how to best sandwich this. I live in an apartment in the middle of the city and there just isn’t enough space.

Then I read about board basting where you smooth and roll your backing onto a base board and you smooth and roll your quilt top onto another base board. You still need a long flat space but at least you don’t need a flat space the full size of the quilt.

The backing goes down first and I left about 18 inches to 2 ft of it unrolled and smooth out on the floor. Then, I laid down the batting. Finally, I placed the quilt top down. Then, as I smooth everything down, I safety pinned it all in place.

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I had to do a little bit at a time since opening and closing the safety pins made my hands really sore. Plus, it’s a bit of a work out as you crawl around trying to pin and then having to unroll and smooth. I even went grocery shopping half way through! I was finished by the afternoon and I’m really excited. Time to quilt!

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