I thought I'd show you how I pin baste my quilts. I've tried laying them on the floor but its hard on the knees and back plus tricky with little people around. I'm not a fan of basting spray. I don't like breathing in things like that or spraying foreign substances on my quilts. I've tried taping the layers down but don't like that either. Its easy to pull the quilt skew wiff doing it that way.
So this is how I do it on our kitchen table.
Its always easier with two people but I can do this quite successfully by myself.
Firstly measure or roughly lay your three layers on top of each other on a bed or floor to make sure the wadding and backing are larger than the front!!!! Mark the top of all the layers so you don't bast one sideways by accident. You will also need to find the centre of the backing.
I then iron/press the backing gently so its flat and seams are sitting nicely. I then lay it face down, centred on the table. Yes, there is lots of overhang as this is a big quilt but thats fine.
Next, take your wadding and fold to in half and half again so that you know where the centre is. Place the centre of the wadding on the centre of the backing as per photo below.
Unfold the wadding carefully so its covering half the quilt backing. Gently smooth it flat. Double check you don't have it on a wonky angle. Start again if you do.
Unfold the wadding completely, carefully so as not to scrunch up the quilt backing and get wrinkles. Smooth the wadding with your hands making sure you can't feel any wrinkles underneath.
Now press your quilt top, making sure its wrinkle free and your seams are facing the way you want and pressed flat. Fold in half and half again like you did with the wadding.
Place the centre of the quilt top on the quilt centre.
Unfold half the quilt as below. Smoothing as you go. Careful not to distort the layers to much, you don't need them stretch to billeo just flat and unwrinkled.
Unfold the complete quilt top, smoothing again. If you do find you have a fold or a wrinkle in one of the layers just gently put your hand between the layers and ease it out. Once the top is flat and smooth check all the way around the edges to make sure your backing and wadding are longer than the quilt top. If you have pre-measured and centred all the layers you should be right.
Now you can start pinning. Pin the top section the size of the table then gently slide the whole quilt to each side and pin further and further out. As you slide the quilt to the side, smooth and check for wrinkles each time then pin. Continue until you have the whole top pinned then you are ready for quilting.
I've never had fold or wrinkles or stretched layers using this method plus its a lot more friendlier on your back.
I finished quilting this quilt at midnight last night and I'm hand sewing the binding today so hopefully some finished photos later. So excited to have my biggest UFO nearly done.