Layering Basting the Quilt
Every quilt , from an average one-piece hot pad to a multi-block big quilt, must be layered and basted before you continue with the proper quilting stitches. Basting stores the quilt top, batting, and backing from shifting while you are sewing the quilt.
How to Bast the Quilt?
Usually, quilts have been basted using a needle and threads. Sometimes this is still a practical possibility, you may save a little time basting with pins. If you prefer basting with a needle and threads, use a single strand of light cotton thread and a large darning needle. For pin basting, use only rust-resistant pins in either l or 1/2 size. Special quilter's pins are bent for simple pricking. For both methods, you can follow the next steps for layering the quilt.
How to Layer the Quilt?
1st Step. Push the quilt top and backing piece of fabric flat. Find the center of each side of the quilt top at the raw edges, using pins. Replicate this action for the batting and the backing. Place the backing on the work surface, back side up. Use masking tape to fix the backing securely to our work surface, starting at the center of each side and move towards the layers corners. Hold the fabric prim but not stretched.
2nd Step. Put the batting on the backing, fixing the center pins on all sides. Smooth out the batting, but don't stretch it. Move from the center of the quilt out to the sides.
3rd Step. Place our quilt top, front side up, over the batting, aligning the pins on each side. Again, smooth out the fabric and don't stretch it. For clarity, the pictures show a solid piece of fabric in place of a multicolor pieced quilt top.
How to Press Quilt top?
Pressing your seams carefully is important to your success, second only to correct sewing of the 1/4 (6 mm) seams. Use the tip of the iron, moving only in the guiding of the grainlines. Be especially wary when pressing seams sewn on the partiality. Unconcerned pressing can warp the form and size of your quilt work.
Both seam allowances are usually pressed together to one side or the other. Following the pressing layout in the work directions will help you make a neat, correct design.
Use a steam/spray iron with a broad temperature limit. Buy a dependable, name-kind iron. Because your iron will be left on and set still for several minutes between pressing steps, keep an iron with an automatic shut-off attribute.