Just because I have plenty of time to get my quilt finished before the deadline (Yeah, right!) I thought I would try Sharon Schamber's method of basting a quilt sandwich using boards and the table. Sharon has a free video on her website that explains the method much better than I can, so go here to see her excellent demonstration.
The advantages I see are that:
1. I don't need to get down on the floor - this is a biggie reason if you are me :-)
2. I can check for stray threads as I roll up the quilt top and backing.
3 It doesn't add weight to the quilt, unlike safety pins.
4. I can baste a quilt on my own, on my table, without needing a large surface (although because this quilt is 2.3 metres square I did put 2 tables end to end.)
The disadvantage is that it takes a lot longer than pin basting would, although I could easily have used pins with Sharon's roll method.
Really, I guess, it is a bit like having a machine quilting frame, without the frame, if you see what I mean.
I haven't started the quilting yet so I am not sure how the thread will go but Sharon says to clip the area you are working on. I will let you know how it goes.