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Thread: ARG! Need some advise/tips

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    Super Member Helen S's Avatar
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    Last week I stripped our king size bed down to the mattress pad to wash the sheets. I was getting ready to sandwich a quilt and since my sewing area is in our master bedroom, I just used our bed to lay it out, backing fabric first. As I began to pull the backing fabric into position I realized it flat out wasn't going to move unless I lifted it up and repositioned the entire piece of fabric! The mattress pad is vinyl backed and has a knit tricot top to it, so it was holding the fabric in place. I then just pulled at the four sides until the fabric was stretched nice and smooth, then sprayed (505 spray) one side of the batting, smoothed it onto the backing fabric, then sprayed the top of the batting and smoothed on the quilt top. It worked PERFECTLY! Now I'll be sure to save up my sandwiching for the days I wash just the sheets!
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    I have 2 of those cardboard cutting mats. Place these sideside on the bed and lay out my quilt there to pin baste. I can push pins into the backing to keep them flat as I put the layers together. Plus, I don't have to get on the floor, or should I say try to get UP.

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    I used Sharon's method with basting spray. The boards really worked well to control the fabric and work with it. And it is a sit down method! Any little thing to save my poor body.

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    if you have a table that you can tape the edges of the backing (i have to tape under the edge of the roll around table I have) you can tape it and baste from there. That is what I do. hope it helps.
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    I wish there was a service somewhere just for basting quilts. So many of us have small apartments or no wall space or large table. They could either just hand baste or put in the safety pins, or any other way the customer wanted. I think this would be a good business for someone.!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    Ah yes, spray glue. Not in my budget lately, but that is a great idea!
    Elmers washable school glue will work and washes out. Not expensive.

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    You can do this on a table you lay half the back on the table other half hang off the edge then layer the batting and top the same way. Pin this part now slide it so you can do some more on this half when done do the other half it sure makes it easier than wrestling the whole quilt.

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    I use my floor or my diningroom table. I do spraybaste. You can get it 1/2 off at JoAnn with a coupon right now. Also Wal-Mart has it too.

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    Most long armers will do it for you for a very minimal charge. I would check and see if you can find one near you.

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    I don't have space either and animals that love to walk all over the fabric. I put my cats in my sewing room and put the dog in the bedroom with closed doors. I then quick vaceum my floor and then go to work taping down my quilt . Works for me.

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