Now that you have finished basting the backing and batting, turn the entire piece over so the batting is on top. Roll/fold the piece up from the bottom just as you did when we started. See the basting rows?
Unroll the basted pieces on the table and smooth and flatten. Now lay your quilt top, RIGHT SIDE UP, being careful to line up the center creases. Smooth and flatten the top on the batting. Left side view (red pin is the center).
Nice FLAT AND SMOOTH. Start the top same as the back. Thread your first needle and start at the center crease, smoothing and flattening from the center, out and down. You will be basting through all three layers. My preferred quilting method is stitch-in-the-ditch, so I try not to stitch over seam lines. In this case, the midpoint on my quilt top is a seam line. I stitched over it, but the rest of the top was stitched between seams. You can't avoid them completely! The basting stitches on my tops tend to be closer than those on the back, depending on the piecing and design.
Continue basting the same as for the back. This quilt is a twin size, so the whole top fits on the table and the excess backing and batting drape over the sides. When you get to the bottom, simply snip off the threads leaving a tale. This is the front of the basted quilt sandwich. I hope you can see the red basting lines.
This is what the back looks like. Can you see the basting red (front) and green threads?
I hope you find this tutorial useful. I know not everybody will. This method works well for me and is so much easier on my body. The results speak for themselves.
Love from Liri