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Glue basting quilt with wool batting- can I avoid ironing??

Glue basting quilt with wool batting- can I avoid ironing??

Old 12-02-2019, 11:47 AM
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Default Glue basting quilt with wool batting- can I avoid ironing??

I recently fell in love with quilters dream wool batting, and even more recently using Elmers washable glue for bindings. I have read up on glue basting a quilt on this board, but it is recommended to heat set the glue. Can this be avoided with adequate drying time? Quilters Dream Wool doesn't recommend ironing at all.
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  • May be Machine Washed and Dried on cold setting without shrinkage. To prevent loosing the beautiful loft – avoid ironing or using heat.

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Old 12-02-2019, 11:54 AM
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I would say yes. I glue baste my quilt sandwiches and I never iron them. I just let them air dry until I'm sure they're completely dry (usually overnight). For bindings, I would just make sure you have them clipped in place while you're waiting for the glue to dry. The spot where the clip is would take longer if there is glue in that spot.
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:48 PM
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It takes longer for the glue to dry naturally, overnight would probably be enough if glue was used lightly.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:49 PM
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I never iron. But I am never in a hurry either. It takes a couple hours to dry and I usually leave it to the next day. I’ve never had any issues.
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Thank you fellow quilters, looking forward to a new chapter in quilt basting!
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:08 AM
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It's not so much "heat setting" as getting the glue to dry faster. If you have time, not actually needed. I do iron to help dry faster but also always hang over the balcony overnight.

"May be Machine Washed and Dried on cold setting without shrinkage. To prevent loosing the beautiful loft avoid ironing or using heat."

I believe they mean after completion, after you wash the quilt to remove glue. Not during the process.

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Old 12-03-2019, 06:59 AM
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I glue baste with washable school glue (Elmer's or whatever) and never iron. I just let the glue dry naturally. I hold the bottle about 6-8" from the quilt bat and let it come out in a fine stream and do a zigzag pattern then smooth the backing or front over depending on which side I'm working on. I've never used an iron and never had any problems. Overnight is a good rule of thumb for dry but I'm sure it's probably dry before then.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:33 AM
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If I have time I just let the glue dry overnight. Sometime just for small items (like table runners) I iron to dry the glue.
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