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Thread: Crossing my fingers

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    I recently used Elmer's Washable School Glue when making Disappearing Four Patches. I used tiny dots and sometimes used a thin thread. Pressed the blocks to set the glue. Sitiching was extremely easy and all the corners lined up perfectly. Each block has a crisp and sharp appearance. I would recommend this method.


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    Great thread! I've used this glue for bindings, but I would not have thought of using it instead of spray adhesive. I'll try it on my next quilt. Seems to me that it would be easier to center the back and front using glue instead of spray adhesive.

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    I think minstrel has hers finished, but here is a tute I found.

    Two most important things to remember:
    -glue MUST be Elmer’s School Glue (because it is washable)
    -glue must be 100% dry before you start quilting
    Lay your backing on the table and straighten. Lay your batting on the backing and straighten. Lay your quilt top on the backing. If the quilt is too large to fit on the table, center it as much as possible. Find which way you have the least amount of hanging over the table. I usually put the width of my quilt to be the lengthof my table (60”). Using safety pins, pin your quilt through the middle of the quilt widthwise. Roll the top on one half to the safety pins. Move the roll of the quilt all the way to the edge of the table leaving a large area of batting exposed to give yourself more working area. Apply Elmer’s School Glue I thin lines, or drizzles on the bating in the width of 12”-18”. I make a grid about 2”-3” apart. Fold the top over the glue and straighten with your hands from the middle outwards. Keep doing this until you reach the top edge of the quilt. At this point, the glue has not set yet. Straighten your top with your hands, removing any possible imperfections. Dry by pressing with dry iron. Some people do not do this, but rather leave it to dry overnight, but I am the impatient kind and I use my iron. Repeat the same procedure with the other half of the quilt. Once it is COMPLETELY dry, remove the safety pins and turn the quilt sandwich so the backing is facing up. Straighten your backing again. And repeat the same procedure as with the quilt top. If you will be applying your binding by hand, go easy on the glue at the quilt edges. Although it does not bother the machine needle one bit, it can be tough to get the hand sewing needle through it. I just use a metal thimble, since I cannot seam to go easy on the glue. Wash the quilt after your are done to get rid of the glue. Basting your quilt this way, will make sure that both your top and your backing are straight. Batting that has good consistency, such as W&N, works the best. I hope this helps. Happy Quilting!


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    If you have any questions regarding the tutorial I just posted, please do not hesitate to send me a PM. Good luck!
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    Great info, thank you for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    What a great question? I use Steam-a-Seam all the time but wouldn't it be great if this glue could be used instead ... especially when I have run out of the fusible and live too far from the store? Here's hoping someone has tried this and will report back.
    I think it would be okay for needle turn or finished edges. I don't think it would be good for raw edge appliqué as the fusible helps keeps the edges from fraying when washed. I have used the glue to hold my pieces in place until I stitched them down. I did find when using the glue for appliqué that a little bit of glue and heat drying with the iron works really well. A lot do glue tends to go through all layers. But it does wash out with no problems.

    i can't wait till I get a top done so I can glue baste, this sounds like fun. And a lot easier to work with than spray basting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckbere15 View Post
    I think it would be okay for needle turn or finished edges. I don't think it would be good for raw edge appliqué as the fusible helps keeps the edges from fraying when washed. I have used the glue to hold my pieces in place until I stitched them down. I did find when using the glue for appliqué that a little bit of glue and heat drying with the iron works really well. A lot do glue tends to go through all layers. But it does wash out with no problems.

    i can't wait till I get a top done so I can glue baste, this sounds like fun. And a lot easier to work with than spray basting.
    Thanks chuckbere15. You are probably right about the raw edge work done with fusible. Guess I had better stick with that. But for regular applique and for basting ..... like you, I cannot wait to try this out also. Did I mention how much I hate pinning ... and unpinning? And glory be, I even have some of that Elmer's glue!!!

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    Can't wait to try this (on a small item first, of course). I don't see why it wouldn't work. Thanks for all the info, ladies. Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    I have basted several using Elmer's School Glue. Works great.....no pin, no puckers......it doesn't get any better than that!
    I concur with LivelyLady. I've had the same experience with School Glue. As she said "it doesn't get any better than that!"

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    I've almost finished quilting my first using the liquid glue method and absolutely love it! By spreading the thin lines of glue on the batting and then smoothing down the top, it assures me there will be no wrinkles or puckers. Then there is the "no muss, no fuss" of spray basting and no fumes! I've had no issues quilting through the glue, even the bigger places where the glue blobbed out accidentally. It does not come loose while moving the quilt around. And the best part is that is washes out 100% when done. I just don't know how much better or easier it can get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    What a great question? I use Steam-a-Seam all the time but wouldn't it be great if this glue could be used instead ... especially when I have run out of the fusible and live too far from the store? Here's hoping someone has tried this and will report back.
    I use this for large pieces because it doesn't prevent fraying as well as the fusible and I like tracing onto the fusible. But I don't want to waste a fusible on a huge piece of applique. I trace the piece onto freezer paper without reversing the piece, iron the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric, cut it out then put a thin line of Elmer's Glue around the edge and place the piece onto the background. I iron the piece to set it in place before peeling off the freezer paper being very careful about pulling on the edges where it would fray. I sew the pieces down with the satin stitch so it is washable and away you go!
    The picture is of a huge moose. If I remember correctly about 60X70 with some very large pieces which used the glue. The smaller pieces were with WonderUnder.
    I forgot; that it is also the way I do the large pieces for the backgrounds, that is how I started using it in the first place years ago!
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    Wow, thanks everyone. I like to do appliqué work on sweatshirts and don't like the stiffness of fusible. I had wondered about using Elmer's for the appliques and now I can't wait to try it. I already bought it to try with quilt tops so I'm ready.
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