I love this tutorial done by Man Sewing featuring Rob Appell, check out his youtube channel because he has some awesome other tutorials.
In this video Rob focuses on walking us through the basics of quilt basting, and then moving onto a giant project: taking a big quilt being able “shove that big quilt into your small little sewing machine” for machine quilting. Actually he shows a technique that doesn’t involve shoving at all! Now why didn’t I think of rolling and bicycle clips instead of scrunching!
Rob takes us through some easy to follow steps in order to baste a quilt top, batting and backing together. It is crazy to see some of the tool he uses to create his quilts, they include blue painters tape, clamps, spray baste curved safety pin and bicycle clips!
Many newbies can find Quilt Basting pretty scary, I know I did. My first quilt was made with my daughter when she was 13 and I was petrified to do the backing in case I ruined the beautiful time consuming work of art that we had done together! If you get the quilting basting correct, the quilting is going to go so much better. I had a wee sewing machine and I wish that I had used his techniques as I think my lines would have been a lot straighter and the quilting much better. I had to unpick a bit because it was gathered at the back 🙁
Rob has 15 years of quilting experience and it is great to see his enthusiasm about quilting is still going strong. Check out the video below and Happy Quilting!