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    Basting Using Pool Noodles

    I just bought some pool noodles from Wal-Mart and 5/8" dowl-rods from Lowe's for basting. I should have been smart and bought the pool noodles first, but I didn't . When I got home I saw that I should have gotten the next size up in dowl-rods because they are loose inside the pool noodles. I was hoping for a snug fit.

    Question for the experts: Will this be a problem? Should I return them and get the next size up? Thanks!
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    This sounds like a new technique ... to me.
    Could you please explain?
    or perhaps provide a link so I (and perhaps others) can learn more about it?

    Not knowing what you are doing, I really can't answer your question about whether to return or not.
    However, usually our gut reactions are telling us the truth ... if we listen!
    So, if you think they are not the right size ... I'd say return and get what you think is correct.
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    Sorry, here is a link to how I plan to do it, but I'll be using pins instead of spray basting. I first heard of this method here on the QB.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XCIdv6iwLeQ
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    Its a similar technique to this method of board-basting.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PcF0_hqbOrk
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    Thanks for this info. How cool
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    thank you for the info I have a jean quilt that I will try this on

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
    Sorry, here is a link to how I plan to do it, but I'll be using pins instead of spray basting. I first heard of this method here on the QB.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XCIdv6iwLeQ
    Thanks for the link ... looks like a great idea.
    Kind of a spin-off from how to load a longarm.

    After seeing that, yes, I agree ... I would go for doweling as thick as you can,
    that will still be able to slide into your pool noodle tightly.

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    If you want an even cheaper method, ask at your local quilt store for the tubes that come out of batting. They will give them to you for free. You can tape two together if they need to be longer.

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    That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!
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    Wow so simple and a great idea. Thanks
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    I actually like the board basting better. I think it gives a better and heavier 'traction' than the noodles. To each his own tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patchwork View Post
    If you want an even cheaper method, ask at your local quilt store for the tubes that come out of batting. They will give them to you for free. You can tape two together if they need to be longer.
    The gas driving to the quilt shop will be more then the noodles will cost. And I'd see something I would have to buy while there. LOL It's Walmart pool noodles for me.
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    If your pool noodles are straight, why do you need dowels? I use the boards shown in the next video. I think I like the boards better.

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    I have never heard about this would love to know what youre doing

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieoh View Post
    I have never heard about this would love to know what youre doing
    Check the links ......
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    Hmm, those are really interesting techniques. Anything that keeps me off the floor or having to bend way down low are worth trying.

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    quilt basting

    I help the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) make quilts for our vets at the local vet hospital. (They adopted me, (I do not qualify to be a member) because I know how to quilt. They reserve the library to use the large tables. We tape the backing to the table top, layer the batting and quilt top, then pin the sandwich together. No wrinkles. I thought this was brilliant!

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    How clever is that idea.
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    Wonderful, I wish I need this last year with a jean quilt. Thanks for the information.

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    In answer to your question: Yes, it will be a problem if the dowel rod is smaller than the opening of the pool noodle. However, I use this method of basting exclusively now without the dowel rods. I use three pool noodles: one each for the Backing, Batting, and Top and marked a center line on each noodle. Then I pin the very edge of the backing/batting/top along this line and roll it up. I then spray baste the layers together and within a few minutes I'm done. For added security, I pin the perimeter of the sandwich and cut off any unnecessary access fabric/batting. Love this basting method!

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    That idea is brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

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