The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Baste a Star Block

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to Baste a Star Block

Yesterday I shared a tutorial on how to piece a patchwork star block. Today I'm basting that block to get ready for machine quilting!

Click Here to find the Baste Your Quilt Kit. I love basting with Pinmoors because they are so easy to install, but also quick to pull out of the quilt as I'm machine quilting.

I basted with bent safety pins for years and they certainly hold securely, but they're a real pain to remove. The absolutely worse thing to happen in the middle of a relaxing quilting session is to stitch right into the middle of a safety pin and break a needle.

Yes, my method for basting bigger quilts is a bit different. If you'd like to learn how to baste a king sized quilt in sections, definitely join the Quilting a King on Your Home Machine workshop where you will learn how to baste your largest quilts on your dining room table.

Pinmoors are definitely easier to see and remove as you're quilting. Now with this patchwork star block basted, how are we going to quilt it? Make sure to check back next Monday to see how I machine quilt this beautiful block!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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  1. Leah, can you guestimate how many Pinmoors are needed for a King size quilt? Thanks!

  2. I believe I used 800 - 1000 pins in my last king sized quilt. It's a lot to use, but they're very durable and have now basted many more quilts!


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