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Thread: Whole quilt basted with Elmer's school glue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    I also noticed that basting the quilt with glue is great but even better if you do not baste all the way to the edge. I also quil from the middle and by the time I hit the edge I need to do some readjusting. Still easier that any other method and it saves my sanity and quite a few $$.
    Great tip!

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    I used Elmer's on a quilt I am hand quilting. If you are hand quilting, make sure that first dollop of glue (which tends to be a bigger drop) is spread out. I used an old Popsicle stick. Hitting the glue with a hot iron helps tremendously to spread out and as everyone has saif, thin stream of glue.
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    I love using the glue. The iron dries it very quickly. I apply a thin line on top of the stitching line, fold the binding over that, iron (using my appliqué iron), then machine sew with walking foot. It works great. I found an acordian shaped glue bottle at a LQS and it's so easy to apply the glue with it. A must if you like this method of attaching binding.
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    After I had spray basted my quilt with the Elmer's Glue Spray, I read several posts that said it was permanent. Wah! Oh well, it's done. It didn't seem bad and I could pull it apart. I am having an Amish friend hand quilt it and she said it didn't see like it would cause any problem. We will see when I pick it up tonight. Note: I won't be using it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna in Mo View Post
    After I had spray basted my quilt with the Elmer's Glue Spray, I read several posts that said it was permanent. Wah! Oh well, it's done. It didn't seem bad and I could pull it apart. I am having an Amish friend hand quilt it and she said it didn't see like it would cause any problem. We will see when I pick it up tonight. Note: I won't be using it again.
    Let us know after you wash it (if you are going to wash it). Maybe it is not as permanent as we thought!
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    Oh! Yes Donna, let us know what happens after ya wash it. Inquiring Minds want ta know!
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    I tried something different the other day. I was in a very big hurry. I had washed and dried the backing but hadn't pressed it yet.

    I "commandeered" some very large, flat boxes from work and laid 2 of them on the floor. I had to use my bedroom floor and close the door to keep the critters out.

    I put the backing down and sprayed some starch on it, then put the batting down. Then I sat down right in the middle of it, and smoothed it out. I didn't take too long and didn't get overly obsessive about it. So far, so good. My knees weren't hurting, and that's what mattered to me. I sprayed more starch on the batting and put the top on, sat on the quilt, smoothed, etc.

    Then I flipped it over, and it looked like a wrinkle convention happened on the backing. No problem, because I didn't take much time to really do it, so, I started tugging and messing with it, and then I remembered the "board method". I left 1/2 of the backing where it was and rolled up the other half on a board that I had (hand quilt frame). I re-sprayed starch on the batting and un-rolled the backing/board and pressed it as I went. Flipped it around and did the same to the other side (my iron cord wouldn't reach!). Ta da! Turned out really really well.

    Turned the quilt right side up, and pressed the top and put safety pins to hold it every square. I didn't have a whole lot of faith with using starch, but I didn't want a thousand pins either.

    It held together really really well and didn't take as long as I thought it would, but my knees were starting to hurt. Should have put my knee pads on! I am almost finished with the quilting, and I haven't found any puckers on the back. I don't know that this method would be a good one if I basted today and waited 6 months to quilt it, but it sure went from floor to sewing machine just fine! And I couldn't tell that using the cardboard as an ironing board hurt my tile vinyl floor any.

    I figured if quilters could use Elmers Glue, then I'd give spray starch a try. $1/can.

    I posted this on another basting thread, because I had to share the happy news!
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    I use Elmer's school glue for all my bindings, really holds it in place with out having to pin. Would like to try and use this for basting a quilt - do you use this on a quilting frame?
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    I would love to try this but I am not going to until I see a tutorial. I am having a hard time visualizing it. Is there a video or pictorial tutorial out there anywhere I could see?

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    Oh boy are there some great tips here, thanks all!
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