Ready to baste
After adding a black border to my quilt top I constructed a backing from two lengths of black cotton and some left over floral. Creating a back from two kinds of fabric I hope will add interest as well as having saved me a little money.
To baste I laid out my bacing piece and secured it with masking tape to the floor. Then I smoothed out my backing fabric and secured that as well. Both of these layers are approximately an inch bigger than my quilt top all the way around. Next I smoothed out the quilt top to finish off my quilt sandwich.
To baste, beginning from the middle, I secured safety pins a couple of inches apart ensuring that none of them laid across an area I planned to quilt. The pins I used are Number 2 nickel plated safety pins and to close them easily I used a soup spoon to lift the points. The pins went through all the layers easily and were simple to close without moving the quilt layers.
Once all the pins are in - almost 100 of them - the quilt is able to be moved around and manipulated through the sewing machine. Time to start quilting!