Shhh! Don't tell anyone. I have now quilted two quilts without basting. At all. This is how it started. When I was getting ready to quilt my Nativity quilt - well, you know how sometimes your border must have been a little bigger than your sashing, and now it kind of has a ripple to it?
As I was smoothing the backing and the front on to the batting, it was taking a lot of playing and smoothing. I was using the "Warm & Natural" batting, and every time I readjusted it, it wanted to kind of stick to the batting. I decided to try quilting without spray basting (like I usually do. I FMQed with a pattern that has a wavy line that doesn't cross over itself. I was expecting that there would probably be a few little tucks on the back, and was hoping they would be small enough that I could live with them. To my surprise when I kept turning it and checking while I was quilting - NO TUCKS! Wow, what a relief! Then my friend asked me to quilt a baby quilt for her, and she brought it over with the sandwich all made with top, batting and back. It had some creases in it, so I was pressing it and smoothing it, and I realized it hadn't been basted at all.