Quilting Tip #24: Stabilizing the Quilt

Stabilizing the quilt:  This is pretty straightforward for most quilts.

If you are using a domestic or George-type machine, you will want to pin or baste the top, batting and backing together.  A longarmer can do this for you quickly and at a very reasonable price.

Like many longarmers, I float the quilt top, which means I attach the backing only to the machine, layer on the batting and top and baste those edges as I go.  It’s fast, and I save time pinning, which is my least favorite part of quilting.

The only time I have had a problem doing it this way is with large medallion quilts.  You know, the kind where the borders get increasingly smaller as you approach the center.  I  have sometimes ended up with pleats on the backing of larger quilts.

To avoid this, I take a tip from quilter extraordinaire Sharon Schamber and baste a stitch line across the width of the quilt each time I advance it, before that section is quilted.  Works like a charm every time, no matter how densely I quilt the sections–no pleats!

How do you load your quilts?

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