Video: Basting a Big Quilt in a Small Space

This afternoon, I basted my big Scrappy Stars quilt! My husband set up a time lapse video - we thought it would be fun to see the process, sped up. This probably took me about 2 hours, but you can see the whole thing here in one minute! (I wish I could pin so fast! Ha ha.)

This was the first time that I basted a quilt that was too big to fit on any floor in my house. So - I did half at a time. 

I first taped one half of the backing to the floor, and put weights on the other half, which is folded up on the the right hand side. I flattened out the batting and quilt top over it, and basted with pins as normal. Then I took out the tape, flipped it around and did the same thing on the other side. You’ll see from the video that I tried twice on the second side - the backing wasn’t quite flat the first time I taped it down, so I did it again. 

It worked out well and it seems nice and flat on both sides, so I’m happy! It was a bit of a long process, but now that I’ve tried doing it this way, I’m glad to know that I could baste a larger quilt like this in a small home again. Looking forward to quilting and finishing this one so we can finally have a quilt for our bed!

The EFNW 2015 Charity Quilt is finally finished! Thanks to all the artists for their hard work! Hopefully we’ll make a ton of money for Seattle Children’s hospital again this year.

Here is a list of contributing artists with links to their Deviant Art pages:

  1. Friendship Is Magic 1: SarahPixel
  2. Friendship Is Magic 2: Drachefrau
  3. The Ticket Master: CrazyTwin13
  4. Applebuck Season: Peruserofpieces
  5. Griffon the Brush-Off: Bakufoon
  6. Boast Busters: Nazegoreng
  7. Dragonshy: sugarstitch
  8. Look Before You Sleep: adamlhumphreys
  9. Bridle Gossip: PrinceOfRage
  10. Swarm of the Century: Shihazriah
  11. Winter Wrap Up: GreenTeaCreations
  12. Call of the Cutie: je33e
  13. Fall Weather Friends: PlanetPlush
  14. Suited for Success: WhiteHeather
  15. Feeling Pinkie Keen: EquestriaPlush
  16. Sonic Rainboom: Jillah92
  17. Stare Master: dollphinwing
  18. The Show Stoppers: Catzilerella
  19. A Dog and Pony Show: buttsnstuff
  20. Green Isn’t Your Color: Sophillia
  21. Over a Barrel: SarahPixel
  22. A Bird in the Hoof: Chibi-Katie
  23. The Cutie Mark Chronicles Chochomaru
  24. Owl’s Well That Ends Well: makeshiftwings30
  25. Party of One: Yunalicia
  26. The Best Night Ever: fireflytwinkletoes
  27. Center Square: WhiteHeather

Also thanks to Kitamon and DeadParrot22 for help getting signatures and to Caerdwyn for donating money to go towards backing fabric and batting!


A scrappy batik quilt I have been planning forever.  I collect batik scraps / on sale batiks etc, and finally amassed enough variety for this project.  This quilt is all 12 inch blocks, which are pieced haphazardly in strips then squared up to the final block size.  Each block has the same fabric (About 10-14 strips per block) in the same order though, so it seems cohesively scrappy. It will be 5 x 6 blocks, so 60″ x 72″.  So far the Red-Orange-Yellow is all together, and Green is in progress, plus I planned out Blue and Purple.