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Thread: Has anyone ever done "sandwitching", this way?

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    Has anyone ever done "sandwitching", this way?

    A friend says she puts the backing and the batting together first, (spraying with 505), then smooths it out and then does the quilt top in the same manner. She claims it is easier to smooth.
    Before I do this, I would like to know if this method works well and if any of you have done this?
    Thanks in advance for your input.
    Elaine
    Last edited by nannyrick; 09-10-2012 at 07:10 AM. Reason: mispelling of "sandwiching"
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Sorry for the mispelling of "sandwich".
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    That's the way I put all my quilts together ... until the first two layers are flat and smooth, I don't add the third.
    The 505 holds it all together so there's no need for handbasting the sandwich.
    And keeps it together as you quilt.
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    That's how I do it. I center the backing on the table (unless it's a wallhanging, it hangs over the sides of the table), then I use large binder clips to keep the backing taut. I center the batting over the backing, lift up one side of the batting, spray and smooth; then lift up the other side, spray and smooth. I then center the top over the batting, lift up one side, spray and smooth. I then unclip the binder clips, move the whole thing to on, clip, lift, spray, smooth, repeat until the whole quilt is spray basted.

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    This is how I do it too. One step at a time. Spray the backing not the batting because batting will absorb the spray. This isn't as critical on small item like a runner or crib quilt because you can get the top on pretty fast. But for a large quilt it could cause a problem. I try to only spray a section at a time no matter what side so that this isn't an issue for me.
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    That's how I do it too, except I only spray a quarter section at a time and make sure that is flat before I spray the next section.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I do mine this way although I spray in parts, 1/4 @ a time. Even when I pin I use the 505 to hold everything!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    That is how I used to do it.

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    I do it this way too.

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    Makes perfect sense to me
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    This is how I do it .. I was not aware of other methods.

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    I also do it that way, except that I pin mine on the design board and work standing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    That's the way I put all my quilts together ... until the first two layers are flat and smooth, I don't add the third.
    The 505 holds it all together so there's no need for handbasting the sandwich.
    And keeps it together as you quilt.
    That is the way I do as well works great!
    Patti Sue

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    I layer it that way, back to batting then top to batting. I don't spray all over though, I really spray baste. I spray small circles about every six inches or so.
    Got fabric?

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    thats how I have always done it

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    I always do mine that way --- except I don't spray it I pin it every 3-4" and just move it and start over until it is all pinned. I have a glass topped dining table about 48 x 60". I have a bird and try not to use anything that may harm her.
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    I also frequently do it this way, but not with spray. I use double sided adhesive batting, put the back on and then start in on the front. By the time a simple front has been done (think center medalion and frames around it, or panals of different fabrics in colors or themes) the quilt has been totally quilted! Obviously, I put each part of the front on one at a time, instead of putting them together and then putting them on; if I want to do a simple one of 10 or 12" squares I would do a row and then put it on. Don't do this always, but for lap quilts, "bus" quilts (for students who travel long distances to perform), for special theme quilts for children.... this works well and the quilt can be done in a day.

    Once I was asked to put a tutorial up with this method, but I have a Mac and can't manage to get a picture up onto the "new" QB. My loss!
    Last edited by Sierra; 09-10-2012 at 06:39 PM.

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    Is there a different way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannyrick.com View Post
    Sorry for the mispelling of "sandwich".
    I thought it was rather clever.......sometimes I feel just like a witch when doing my sandwiching !!!!!!

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    This is the way I do it and this works well for me.

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    That's the way I used to do my quilts. But now that I have a long arm for quilting, that won't work. I am so glad to be done with the spray baste stuff. It always makes the floor around my table sticky, gives me a headache, and just too annoying to work with. Now I put the batting down, then the top, smooth them together then center over the backing before I put it on the long arm.

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    I'm a newbie and I've never used spray to sandwich the quilt. I usually tape the backing to a table, smooth out the batting, add the top and pin, pin, pin. I'm not sure enough of myself to try the spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    I'm a newbie and I've never used spray to sandwich the quilt. I usually tape the backing to a table, smooth out the batting, add the top and pin, pin, pin. I'm not sure enough of myself to try the spray.
    If you can do it with pins ... you can do it with the spray.
    Just follow thru the steps in the same way.
    The spray is NOT permanent ... if you put your two layers together and it's not smooth or straight, you can peel it back easy enough and adjust it accordingly.
    Then once your first two layers are together, add the top layer in the same fashion.

    The nice thing is the spray is like having a million pins in it ... and you don't have to worry about the pins coming out or your needle hitting the pins!

    And too, it holds it all together til you are done quilting ... even if you take long breaks in between!!!!

    Try it once, TeddysMom .. and I bet you'll never go back to pinning your quilts!!
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    Is the spray starch a heavy starch or just a regular starch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    Is the spray starch a heavy starch or just a regular starch?
    It's not a spray starch ... it's a basting spray, so like a fine mist of glue.

    IMHO the best to use is 505 spray ... I don't like the June Tailor brand.
    Here's what it looks like .....
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