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Thread: How To Baste A Quilt Using Spray Starch

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    I also would like to add my thanks for the video. I recently purchased basting spray so as soon as that is used up I will be using my spray starch. MAN the things you can learn from this board are awesome. BrendaK
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    Very interesting. Thanks for the tut. Would this work on a big quilt?
    That I am not 100% certain on , as all I have tried it on since yesterday were my 18 inch blocks for a 96 x 96 QAYG with sashing , but I finished quilting those blocks this morning, and not a pucker to be seen on any of them ! Remember though, I always either stitch or baste in the ditch for added security, so I would defiantly baste stitch at least before going head on into a large one piece quilt !
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    Definitely going to try this method. Thank you
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    Great idea can't wait to try it.
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    Even if by chance it does not work on quilt size, it would be good to use this method for basting smaller pieces. 505 is great and I faithfully use it, but even the small jobs soon use a can up. It is pricey, too...locally I pay 16.95 for a can, so this would be using it wisely. Great idea!

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    Great video. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thank you for the tip. I enjoy your videos.
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    Great idea. I can't use the basting sprays do to health problems, but I use spray starch when I iron. , I will be sure to use your method from now on. Thanks for sharing.
    Gigi

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    For those of us who can't see the video.....could you give a brief explanation of the method? Do you let the starch dry? Do you spray both surfaces? How heavily do you spray/how "wet" is it? Do you just use it more or less the same way you'd use a basting spray? etc.etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teri D View Post
    For those of us who can't see the video.....could you give a brief explanation of the method? Do you let the starch dry? Do you spray both surfaces? How heavily do you spray/how "wet" is it? Do you just use it more or less the same way you'd use a basting spray? etc.etc.
    1. Lay your batting down FIRST on an ironing safe surface ( this is important ! )

    2. Spray your starch onto the BATTING ! You want enough to cover the batting, but you don't want it WET. I always give one coat to the entire batting, then a small spray around the edges to make sure they are covered well.

    3. Lay you backing down ontop of the batting. You could do your top first as well, it really makes no difference.

    4. Smooth your backing / top down with your hands to remove any wrinkles or folds. Do NOT stretch it, just gently work out the bubbles. Your fabric should feel moist to the touch but not saturated !

    5. Using your HOT IRON, press your fabric on top of the batting until it is dry ! Run your hands over the fabric to check for areas that are still damp.

    6. Allow it to cool for a moment then flip it over and repeate the process for the other side ( either backing or top whichever you did not do first )

    7. Double check both sides to ensure there are no bubbles or folds.

    8. I ALWAYS baste in the ditch even when I am using 505 or elmers to baste as I like the added security of knowing my sandwitch is held firmly in place. I set my machine to a stitch length of 7 and use a bright neon colored thread and run it along the major block seams ( just as if I was going to stitch the ditch only with very large stitches and easy to see thread ) in a grid pattern. If my quilting calls for stitching in the ditch I just go ahead and stitch the ditch instead of basting it in the thread color of my quilting.
    I do not make mistakes in my quilts, sometimes God just decides to make an Alternative Design Decision ! http://slightlyoffquilter.com

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