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    Cool My experience with Glue Basting.

    Good morning everyone! Yesterday, I began sewing the seams for my Double Irish Chain quilt blocks. I wondered to myself while cutting the fabrics if I would have any problems. Two of the fabrics that I had chosen were very light weight. I am a scrap quilter who has been lucky (thats putting it mildly) enough to have recently been given a retired quilters fabric stash, as she can no longer quilt and her family had no interest. Quite a few pieces of her stash are a very light weight material, but some wonderful colors; so even though, I anticipated some trouble and had never worked with this type before; I cut it with a passion and was excited to see what happened on this "adventure".

    Thanks to the board and all of their wonderful tips and beautiful quilt creations and various styles, I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying many new things and really focusing on improving my entire quilting experience. Here a while back, I chose to use some tape to mark my 1/4 inch seam line on my Singer; which does work FABULOUSLY. But, being a pinner I have run into issues with my pins and the tape. Nothing pertinent, well at least not until the pin, tape and thin fabric intertwined. LOL. I was ending up with puckers and snags like crazy. By the time I finished the first seam, I knew I had to find a solution.

    One of the things I am working at improving is really nice seam lines, you know the ones that actually do line up and meet together so wonderfully. Sitting on the side was my bottle of Elmers Washable School Glue that I have used in applique. I hem hawed at the thought of glueing every seam. But, it was the only thing I could really come up with. So, I gave it a go.

    I am sure that it has been mentioned on the board in the past; but I am sorry, I just do not remember for sure...so if I am stepping on toes or anything, please forgive me. I am just so thrilled with the outcome of this method of Glue Basting. For me, it will always be the perfect solution. I just placed a small dot at each seam line, matchine the seams (which was far better than my pinning could ever achieve), place the iron down, press and hold for a few seconds, lift and move down the row.

    Wow, instantanious (spelling) super duper results. LOL. It really did not take any longer than pinning and I completed all 17 blocks yesterday. I wanted to share a few photos, that hopefully will demonstrate the accuracy and ease of doing this. Because, really....you have got to try this if you encounter any issues like I did.

    Sorry, I carried on forever. Just excited to share my experience and hope that it helps anyone one else facing similiar issues. Thanks again each and every Board Member who posts tips and tutorials, photos and ideas. They really do help!
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    Brenda

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    Thanks for sharing this technique! I plan to try it. I'm glad you included the photographs. When I read your information, I pictured much more glue and wasn't interested. After I saw how little you used, I think it is a great idea. I am going to use Roxanne's. Glue-Baste-It. Thanks!

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    Thanks for posting this - I'm a non-pinner, but I can see myself trying this with an intricate pattern. Just recently tried spray basting an entire quilt and wondered why on earth I used to spend hours hand-basting. This old dog is learning new tricks!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Have not tried for seams but I plan to. I have glue basted my layers together before FMQ on small items and it worked great.
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    I just discovered using the spray basting stuff, and it seems to be working well.. I was wondering how to use the glue on quilts.. Are you using Elmers glue, or generic? Are you using it for basting for FMQ, too? Whoa.. All the school supplies are on sale.. Someone mentioned glue sticks.. What do you use them for?
    Thanks in advance for the info..

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    Time to stock up a bit on washable school glue while it's on sale with back-to-school specials! I've done a bit of glue basting but not much. Your photos show very well how nicely it worked to get those corners to match! Thanks for sharing, the glue bottle is going to come off the shelf and put where I can grab it more often. I have done it for adding bindings as well, via the Sharom Schamber method with her video tute. Works great.

    By the way, i'm impressed with the neatness of your pins in the magnetic holder! Is that a Singer 301 machine? I recently got a black one that I haven't cleaned up yet, but need to get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    Thanks for sharing this technique! I plan to try it. I'm glad you included the photographs. When I read your information, I pictured much more glue and wasn't interested. After I saw how little you used, I think it is a great idea. I am going to use Roxanne's. Glue-Baste-It. Thanks!
    I hope that when you try it you have as much success and happiness as I did. It really is simple and does not take but a tad bit of extra effort and time. I have never used Roxannes Glue, but have heard nothing but positive feed on the product.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    Have not tried for seams but I plan to. I have glue basted my layers together before FMQ on small items and it worked great.
    I have used the glue for applique and basting a quilt and found that both are wonderful techniques and I know with me....any thing that helps make it easier is always the way to go. LOL.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    Thanks for posting this - I'm a non-pinner, but I can see myself trying this with an intricate pattern. Just recently tried spray basting an entire quilt and wondered why on earth I used to spend hours hand-basting. This old dog is learning new tricks!
    With my last quilt, I tried the spray basting and like you questioned all the hours spent hand basting and/or pinning. I glue basted a small quilt before quilting and it worked well also. It is wonderful trying new techniques and so forth and discovering what we like and do not; then going from there.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    Time to stock up a bit on washable school glue while it's on sale with back-to-school specials! I've done a bit of glue basting but not much. Your photos show very well how nicely it worked to get those corners to match! Thanks for sharing, the glue bottle is going to come off the shelf and put where I can grab it more often. I have done it for adding bindings as well, via the Sharom Schamber method with her video tute. Works great.

    By the way, i'm impressed with the neatness of your pins in the magnetic holder! Is that a Singer 301 machine? I recently got a black one that I haven't cleaned up yet, but need to get it done.
    I agree....definetely going to be stocking up on this wonderful helper. It does work great for bindings; I also watched her video and gave it a try. Totally hooked. For some reason, the pins are one of my pet pieves....they must be neat. Probablly from poking fingers far to often. LOL. Yes, it is a 301 that was my mothers. Her mother bought it from the local high school and she has been running brilliantly with thousands of miles (most likely). Have a great time with yours; I love mine for straight stitches.
    Brenda

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    Thank you so much for the great tip and pictures to boot. I am currently working on a mystery quilt that has a lot of points this will help me match my seams and achieve a perfect point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I just discovered using the spray basting stuff, and it seems to be working well.. I was wondering how to use the glue on quilts.. Are you using Elmers glue, or generic? Are you using it for basting for FMQ, too? Whoa.. All the school supplies are on sale.. Someone mentioned glue sticks.. What do you use them for?
    Thanks in advance for the info..
    Yes, I am using Elmers washable school glue. Awhile back, I had tried a generic brand and it was a disaster, discolored the fabric and did not wash out well. Elmers is a must for me from now on. Just do a search on glue basting and you will find loads of links with tutorials and various other ways of using it (binding, applique, basting an entire quilt ). I have tried glue sticks, but was not as happy. Yet others swear by them. I think that trying various methods is fun and informative and helps keep me from getting stuck in a rut. Hope that you give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    Thank you so much for the great tip and pictures to boot. I am currently working on a mystery quilt that has a lot of points this will help me match my seams and achieve a perfect point.
    Had not thought of the matching points...definetely think that glue would help. Will have to remember and try it. It has been awhile since I have done a mystery. Just might have to check out some links and have another adventure. First, I had best finish this quilt. LOL.
    Brenda

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    I had used this method in the past but kind of forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. Your block looks great with perfectly match seams.

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    Thanks. I use it for my binding but this looks like a great way to use it for matching up seams too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    I had used this method in the past but kind of forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. Your block looks great with perfectly match seams.
    It is easy to forget about the ease of the glue. LOL. If it would not have been sitting there in front of my face, I do not think I would of thought of trying it.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Linda View Post
    Thanks. I use it for my binding but this looks like a great way to use it for matching up seams too.
    I know that I will use it again for matching seams; it is easy and uncomplicated. I love techniques that work with my brain. LOL.
    Brenda

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    Thanks for sharing this tip! I usually "precision pin" my seams but some always slip a bit, as the pin is removed. Your idea sounds like the perfect solution!

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    If I remember correctly (don't bet on it!), I read that Sharon Schamber glues all her seams before sewing. Probably why all her quilts are so fabulous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Thanks for sharing this tip! I usually "precision pin" my seams but some always slip a bit, as the pin is removed. Your idea sounds like the perfect solution!

    I love this board and the people on it!
    I know exactly what you are describing. With this material the pins just were not working. The glue worked fantastically.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post
    If I remember correctly (don't bet on it!), I read that Sharon Schamber glues all her seams before sewing. Probably why all her quilts are so fabulous!
    That may easily have been where I got the idea to do this; but I am not positive. Yet, after my experience and results with these blocks, I know I will be doing it any time I deal with difficult fabrics/seams. Plus, I may begin doing it for all seams. It is simple and quick.
    Brenda

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    OK.......question here.....does the glue transfer to the needle ???
    How soon after glueing do you sew ??????
    does the glue make the fabric stiff, and thus do you HAVE TO wash....
    does all the glue wash out with no staining ???????????????????

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    I have just basted a lap size quilt with Elmers School Glue. I didn't use the iron. I squeezed out a thin squiggly line on sections and laid the batting on it. Then when it dried, flipped it over and did the top by squeezing the glue onto the batting. I am very pleased with this method. The top especially is very smooth. I'm not sure about the backing but that would be blamed on my technique. So far I am quilting through the glue with no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post
    If I remember correctly (don't bet on it!), I read that Sharon Schamber glues all her seams before sewing. Probably why all her quilts are so fabulous!
    ok......................ok silly question here, how do you change your font size and color.....

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    Quiet a few big award winning quilters glue the quilt top together before sewing. It's easy to make adjustments and get every piece perfect before sewing. I consider glue basting a basic step in quilt making. (Elmer's school glue is not a glue, it's a heavy starch so it is very safe for fabric and washes out completely)
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