Last evening, I made time to layer up a quilt top that I'd like to finish this month! I often talk with quilters who do their layering on the floor -- I've only done that once and don't like getting onto the quilt. These days, I use an extra tall table and have developed a one person strategy. So come along with me as I get it done. Maybe it will give you a new perspective on this odious task!
First, set up the table. I used two tables years ago and discovered I always got a pleat where the two tables met -- so it's only one table. The weight of the quilt holds itself smooth once you get it smooth.
Second, find a good movie to watch while you work.
Third, Harry, get off the table!!
I have marked a small + in the center of my table and I use it to center the backing.
Now I can unfold it and it will be centered -- I also put a mark at the center of the backing to help me center the batting.
The batting is also folded into quarters. I match it to the center mark on the backing.
I unfold the batting carefully so as to minimize wrinkling the backing. You can clamp the backing firmly to a table but my table is too thick for the clamps. Half the batting is unfolded in this picture and the metal yardstick is stabilizing the backing temporarily.
Once the batting is unfolded, I fold the quilt top in quarters with the wrong side out. Once again it is centered on the first two layers and unfolded carefully.
I pin baste, but before beginning that, I place my hand at the center of the layers and give JUST THE BACKING a firm tug. I move my hand a bit further and give the backing another tug and continue to work my way all along each side of the quilt until I've pulled any wrinkles out of the backing. (Yes, I'm in my jammies.)
Now I'm ready to start pinning!
I place the pins every 3 to 4 inches in a grid and don't close ANY pins until the entire quilt is pinned. If I close the pin as I put it into the quilt, I'll lift everything slightly and the backing will shift.
Get off the quilt, Harry!!
I plan to quilt a simple equilateral grid in the body of the quilt and something swirly in the border. Another UFQ assaulted!!