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Pool Noodles and Elmer's Glue

Old 09-18-2020, 05:49 AM
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In all my years of quilting I never heard of this idea! What a great Idea. I can see how this would work to FMQ and make it much easier than bicycle clips. I can't wait to read more on this.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:53 AM
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Interesting! I have never heard of using them this way either - great idea! I guess I will try with my smaller projects. I don't think I could wrestle with a big one and have smooth results.
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:53 AM
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I use a product called Free Fuse now. It's easier then Elmers. I use folding tables so the quilt lays flat, smooth, sprinkle, press, and repeat on other side. I use very little of the Free Fuse, not near the amount shown in the demo videos. I don't know why they show using so much. The container has holes so I cover all but a few of the holes with tape and gently sprinkle the granulas on the batting one area at a time. No fumes, no wetness, no drying time. So far this is the best basting for me that I don't dread doing.
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
I use a product called Free Fuse now. It's easier then Elmers. I use folding tables so the quilt lays flat, smooth, sprinkle, press, and repeat on other side. I use very little of the Free Fuse, not near the amount shown in the demo videos. I don't know why they show using so much. The container has holes so I cover all but a few of the holes with tape and gently sprinkle the granulas on the batting one area at a time. No fumes, no wetness, no drying time. So far this is the best basting for me that I don't dread doing.
thanks for hint. I am very happy with the Elmers but always up for trying something new!!
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:31 AM
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thanks for hint. I am very happy with the Elmers but always up for trying something new!!

I still use Elmer's sometimes. I use a paint roller and roller pan for large quilts. It's fast and easy.
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I still use Elmer's sometimes. I use a paint roller and roller pan for large quilts. It's fast and easy.
for me that sounds like more work and cleanup! I just drizzle it from the small bottle in sort of a grid. To me it replaces pin basting not spray basting. I guess we all find what works. I like to try new things
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for me that sounds like more work and cleanup! I just drizzle it from the small bottle in sort of a grid. To me it replaces pin basting not spray basting. I guess we all find what works. I like to try new things
I like the full coverage of the roller. My quilt top and backing isn't shifting or stretching at all under the needle. It's like sewing on flat paper. I dilute the glue a little with water. The washable glue rinses out of the pan and roller with water hose in a minute, put away until next time. I buy it by the gallon at Walmart. Easier to pour from the jug then the bottle and trying to get it all squeezed out.
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Old 09-21-2020, 05:55 AM
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I love the pool noodles for basting. I use them every time I baste a quilt and the kids (3 and 5yo) love to play with them when I'm not using them! When rolling it on the noodle, I just use regular pins and stick them through the edge of the fabric into the noodle at an angle so the pin stays in the foam, much like you would if you were pinning a quilt top to the leader on a longarm. I've never basted so quickly!

I also water down my Elmer's a little bit and then drizzle in a zigzag from the bottle but I've found spreading the lines of glue gives me the best results. I use a plastic spackle spatula to spread it out - an old credit card would work too. I used to use my fingers but it was annoying to have one hand sticky while trying to glue and unroll, so the spatula works great! Easy to wash, too.
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