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Thread: My lazy basting

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    My lazy basting

    I have a star wallhanging about 2 1/2 ft sq. I want to get quilted today. Was getting ready to layer and baste when I saw my elmers glue that I use for binding via Sharon S. method. I thought, why not? I laid my batting down, ran thin lines of the glue on the back of the wall hanging where I would have basted or pinned, flipped it over and smoothed it over the batting, then ironed lightly being careful not to hit the edge of the batting. Turned it over and did the same to the backing. It's holding great, no pins to take out, and my machine does not seem to have any problems with sewing over it (used real thin lines). Would not do a large quilt, those go on my frame anyway, but for smaller things I do on a domestic machine I may just use this method all the time. Took sooo much less time and it is nice and smooth.
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    Sounds interesting.

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    I have wondered the same thing. Glad you did it with great results. Will keep this in mind.

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    Hmmmmmm. Looking forward to hearing the finished result; can it be washed to remove glue residue?
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    Couldn't you just have easily used spray baste? Just curious as to why or why not. I don't like the spray baste, and a good friend of mine (who owns a quilt shop) warned me not to spray it in the house, as it can get into the air conditioning vents and cause problems. Gina

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    I thinned out Elmer's school glue with water and sprayed it like the spray adhesive. Not strong smell or fumes to deal with. A hot iron and it held the quilt together fine and cost many $ less then the spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I thinned out Elmer's school glue with water and sprayed it like the spray adhesive. Not strong smell or fumes to deal with. A hot iron and it held the quilt together fine and cost many $ less then the spray.
    I will have to try this one. Thanks, Gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Hmmmmmm. Looking forward to hearing the finished result; can it be washed to remove glue residue?
    I would also like to hear how it washes out.
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    great idea if using washable glue it washes out 123

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    BellaBoo.......This has been in the back of my mind for a while, but I haven't gotten around to trying it. Now that I know it worked well for you I definitely will give it a whirl soon. Did it do as well as the regular spray would?

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    I have also used Elmers Washable Glue to baste a lap quilt. I was thrilled with the results and ease! Next, I will try watering it down and spraying that sounds like it would make it even easier! Love the Board Members!!! Oh and yes it washed out beautifully.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I thinned out Elmer's school glue with water and sprayed it like the spray adhesive. Not strong smell or fumes to deal with. A hot iron and it held the quilt together fine and cost many $ less then the spray.
    Wow, that's a great idea! So many things can be damaged with the spray adhesive - your lungs, your a/c, anything that is within 5 or 6 feet of the spraying area. Your way solves all those problems! Thanks!

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    Thank you for a great idea! My lungs can't take the chance of adhesive spray and I am all about easy!
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    BellaBoo..What part Elmers glue to what part water?

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    I just use basting spray, if it kills me, oh well! I'll get to go be with my DH!
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    I have a table topper that I need to prepare to quilt (45 X 47) and I hate to pin or baste. My husband always complains when I use the spray. I just may have try this method.
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    I have used Elmer's glue with applique and I love how it washes out. I never thought about thinning out the glue then spray basting! I, too, love the board members and their great ideas!
    Judith

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    I to would like know how much glue to how much water Thank for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy l View Post
    BellaBoo..What part Elmers glue to what part water?
    I too would be interested in the ratio you used?

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    Elmer's school glue is not a glue as most know, it's a heavy cream starch. I don't measure the ratio. I keep it as thick as it would go through the spray bottle. The thinner spray is best for smaller baste jobs that can be pressed easy. Sometimes I brushed on the thinned thicker glue for larger areas. I notice the batting make a big difference in how well the glue holds. Batting that has a lot of airyness doesn't hold as strong as the more solid type.
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    I think it sounds like a fabulous idea - thank you.

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    That is such a great idea. I have a medium size quilt I have been stalling on for two reasons - can't think of a quilting design and didn't want to do my regular pin basting and have to FMQ around the pins or remove them and break my "zone" such that it is (I am far from expert). Will definitely try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I thinned out Elmer's school glue with water and sprayed it like the spray adhesive. Not strong smell or fumes to deal with. A hot iron and it held the quilt together fine and cost many $ less then the spray.
    What a great idea!! I have used Elmer's school glue, but never in a spray.

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    Oh, I LOVE the way you think!!!! I've gotta remember that trick!
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    I love this method. I saw Sharon's video too. I use the school glue & no problems.

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