The quilt backing fabric is placed face down onto the trestle. One corner and the two adjacent edges of the backing fabric are lined up with one corner of the trestle. I allow an inch of fabric along the two lined up edges to fold over sides of the trestle. The fabric should be stretched out flat but with not too much pull, just enough to flatten out creases. Apply bulldog clips at regular intervals around the trestle, masking tape down the edge that is exposed on the table top.
|Backing fabric taped down at top of the picture where the fabric isn't as wide as the trestle.|
|Batting is now on- the bottom and right edges are the two that are lined up with only and inch over the trestle edges.|
|First half of the quilt can be basted- note where the edge of the top is on the bottom and right edges|
|Sorry the thread doesnt show up too well|
When the first half is basted remove the bulldog clips and slide the whole quilt over the edge of the table until you reach the unbasted area. Line up the edge of the trestle with the quilt where the basting ends. Bulldog clip this edge, then complete the stretching process again one layer at a time.
When the basting is complete I cut the excess batting and backing fabric about an inch away from the two overlapping edges. I am now ready to quilt.