Sandwiching Your Quilt
To sandwich your quilt layers together, you will need -
Finished quilt top
Batting (2" larger than quilt top all around)
Quilt backing (slightly larger than batting all around)
2" wide masking tape/painters tape
Bent arm quilting pins
Try to find somewhere in your home where you have the maximum amount of floor space possible so that you can move easily aroung the quilt as you baste. Preferably this should be a carpet free surface (having said that I have always sandwiched my quilts on a carpeted floor as that is the only option I have).
Press your quilt backing and lay it wrong side up on the floor.
Keeping backing as flat and wrinkle free as possible, tape all along one of the edges.
Go to the opposite edge and keeping the backing taut but not stretched, tape this second side down. Tape down the remaining sides in the same way.
Make sure there are no wrinkles and that the batting lies as centrally over backing as possible. You should be able to see a small amount of the backing all around the edges of the batting.
Beginning at the centre of the quilt, gently start to smooth out the top so that it lies as flat and wrinkle free as possible on the batting. Continue until the entire top is nicely smooth all over.
There should be a good 2" of batting visible all around the edges of the quilt top.
Basting The Quilt Layers
Basting the layers of the quilt will help to keep everything in place whilst quilting. The best kind of pins to use are the bent arm ones (above), which allow all three layers of your sandwiched quilt to lie beautifully flat whilst pinned together.
Add a pin every 5" - 8" or so, working outwards to the sides.
Keep smoothing the quilt layers as you go.
Take your time pinning, as doing this job well now can save a multitude of problems later.
Once the entire quilt is pinned, remove the tape and carefully fold up the quilt.
You are now ready to quilt!