- use a spray adhesive such as 505 Spray and Fix
- use safety pins
- use thread to baste by hand or machine
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Baste by hand or machine
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NOTE: the quilt back and batting should be approximately 3” larger than the quilt top on all sides.
I personally will never pin baste again and can recommend the 505 spray. I have basted many quilts, ranging from small wall hangings to a queen-size, with success. The only shifting between layers I have experienced was with a lap-sized flannel quilt with wool batting. Because both the fabric and batting were fluffy, the layers were shifting slightly so I machine basted with water soluble thread in the top and bobbin - problem solved!
Ideally, your work surface is in a room other than the one in which you have your sewing machine. To avoid getting any of the spray adhesive in or around my sewing machine, I baste my quilts on folding tables in my garage and open the garage door for good ventilation.
Next: layering for spray or pin basting.