Learn Nancy's three favorite techniques for basting quilt layers

Quilting projects—big or small—can be layered in a number of ways. Nancy demonstrates three of her favorite techniques of combining the top pieced layer, the batting, and backing into a sandwich which is ready for quilting. Spray basting is ideal for small wall hangings and table runners—and the easiest. Fuse baste mid-size wall hangings to lap-sized quilts. With the clever Mini Iron, you can baste the three pieces together in no time. Pin basting is the go-to method for all sizes of quilts.

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Get smooth pucker-free quilts. Choose one of these methods to hold the backing fabric, batting, and pieced quilt top together temporarily—until you're ready to quilt.

Technique 1: Spray Baste
∗ Stack layers.
∗ Fold back half of the top pieced fabric layer and batting.
∗ Sparingly apply KK2000, a temporary adhesive, to the backing fabric.
∗ Repeat on the wrong side of the top pieced layer.
∗ Smooth down from the center to the sides.
∗ Repeat on the other half. All three layers will stick together.

Technique 2: Fuse Baste
∗ Place backing fabric on a flat surface with the wrong side up.
∗ Using The Original Mini Iron fuse down 1/2" long pieces of 1/4" or 1/2" wide EZ Steam II Fusible Web to the backing fabric about a “fist” measurement apart.
∗ Add fusible tape until the backing is covered with rows of fusible squares.
∗ Remove paper backing from all squares.
∗ Place batting in place.
∗ Repeat process on wrong side of quilt top.
∗ Layer quilt pieces and steam press layers. Layers will stay together.

Technique 3: Pin Baste
Safety Pin Method:
∗ Begin at the center of the quilt.
∗ Insert Basting Brights Pins through the layers of the quilt about a “fist” width apart.
∗ Safely and quickly close pins with Kwik Klip.
Straight Pin Method:
∗ Begin at the center of the quilt.
∗ Place a long Flower Head Pins through the layers of the quilt sandwich.
∗ Place a Pinmoor over the top of the pin. No pin pricks.
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