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Old 02-15-2019, 05:49 PM
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Default Spray Basting a Quilt Bigger than your table

I found a good video on this.

I usually do my spray basting on the garage floor, but can't right now because it's all wet from the snow, so I need another option. This looks like it may work for me, although the lady uses more spray than I usually do.


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Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed that it was in real time so you could truly see what she is doing.-- I too have been a floor user since the whole quilt fits it, but this seemed so much easier. The real difference I noticed in her spraying is the spray I use suggests spraying it to the batting, not the fabric. So I place the backing on my batting and then flip and add the top. But i guess if the basting glue is going to wash out it's not a huge problem.?.
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Great tutorial. Thanks for posting it. I particularly like that she mentions a clip for those plastic tables. I have two tables to use sandwiching, but two sometimes that isn't enough room. I think this will improve the ease of sandwiching my quilts.

I have mostly used Dritz basting spray. Dritz doesn't specify whether to spray the batting or the fabric. I tried it on polyester batting, but it doesn't work well if you spray the batting (I don't know if it would work if you sprayed the fabric, as I gave up and changed to an 80/20). It's easy to clean up and holds the sandwich well through all the twists and turns of quilting on a domestic sewing machine.

June Taylor is very difficult to clean up. I learned that when I was volunteering. We had to use acetone to get it off the tables.


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Old 02-16-2019, 05:26 AM
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bkay, I also found out the hard way that spray basting sometimes doesn't work on polyester batting! Some people have no trouble with it, but mine fell apart. I was using June Taylor, not 505, so maybe the 505 would work on polyester...will never know as I'm not about to try again.

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I use 505 all the time on polyester batting and have never had a problem. I only spray my batting, never the quilt top or the backing fabric.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:34 AM
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I always spray mine either hanging over my deck railing with an old sheet as the backdrop to keep the dirt off the quilt and the spray off the railing, or hanging on my clothes line or a fence or my patio table. If itís a king sized quilt top, I will fold it right sides together and drape it over whatever Iím using and essentially spray it in quadrant-like sections. Then I fold the sticky sides in and bring it back into the house. This method keeps any smell or overspray outside, eventually to be washed away by rain. The old sheet I fold sticky sides in and keep handy for the next project and wash it every so often when I have a load of wash itíll fit in. Itís worked really well for me. I use 505 spray. I donít spray the batting, only the top and the backing.
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If you are lucky enough to have a helper, I found this method worth a look. I also was impressed that they didn't spray the back first and then the top. I like how the back is handled by flipping the entire quilt. Not sure ho this would work with a really large quilt, but I have used it for twin size and love the results. I use 505.
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:59 AM
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I used her system to spray baste my last big quilt and it worked really well. I'm sold! I had to buy some large clips to use on my table because it's the old breakfast room table and has a beveled edge, but other that was it. I did it just as she said and it worked very nicely.
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I use this method on my quilts as I only have a table the size she was using. I bought plastic clamps (1") like what carpenters use that hold everything in place and are easy to move when needed, the edges on my table are rounded and I don't think binder clips would hold. The clamps came in a package of 6 and were less than $15 if I remember correctly, got at my local Fred Meyer. Like she says in video you need to make sure backing, batting are smooth and not stretched to tightly, works well and no getting down on floor.
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