Basting is the process of putting your backing, batting and quilt top together. (Quilters refer to this as a quilt sandwich.)
To me, basting is pretty much the most frustrating part of quilting, mainly because I don’t have a great space in which to do it. In the past, I’ve basted my quilts on my den’s floor, but that is noooo fun.
The only big enough space we have that’s not on the floor is our dining room table, and I’ve always been scared I’d scratch it with my safety pins, so I’ve stayed away from that, until now! 🙂
I decided to use my quilting mat to protect the table, I moved the mat around as I pinned to keep from scratching up my table, and it worked pretty well. Not perfectly, but I enjoyed the process much more than when I baste on the floor and I think it did turn out a little better.
Now, this quilt is a small one, I made it for my 5 year old, so the smallish size made it easier. I’m going to try it with a bigger quilt (if I ever get the time to make one again!) and I think it will work, but I’m anticipating it being more challenging because of the size.
So….. Here’s what I did.