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Thread: Spray Basting

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    I've read so many of you spray baste. I've done it with really small quilts, but now I'm getting ready to FMQ (teeth chattering) a quilt that is 55 x 55 inches. If I spray baste, is that ALL I need to do? Or should I still pin it too? I doubt it matters, but the back is also pieced (big pieces). I'd be using 505. Is that the right product?

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    I'll be watching for the answer...I'm getting ready to FMQ my first little quilt too

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    All I use is spray baste.

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    505 is all you need. It is wonderful.

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    when I spray that isall I do. no pins.

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    All I use is the spray baste!

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    How careful do you have to be? And do you baste the whole thing at once? Work from the middle out? (I know I'm supposed to quilt from the middle out.) It just seems impossible to me that it will all stay put. (Maybe I'm a wild quilter. Do you think so?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    How careful do you have to be? And do you baste the whole thing at once? Work from the middle out? (I know I'm supposed to quilt from the middle out.) It just seems impossible to me that it will all stay put. (Maybe I'm a wild quilter. Do you think so?)
    It will stay put unless you physically move it! Great stuff, no pins. Work in ventilated area. I put my cat outside since she is one nosy puss. :mrgreen: I sprayed half at a time. Let the half you are not working on hang over your table. That way you know where you are. Then quilt as usual, from the middle out.

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    It works just fine, quilt from the middle out.

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    I just spray basted a queen size and I just love it. I will never pin baste again. It is holding together great just waiting to be quilted.

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    I spray baste , but still pin a bit on the perimeter, sometimes it can get pulled up while moving it around.

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    I'll spray baste and no pin. I've also been using the fusible batting. Works great too. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I spray baste , but still pin a bit on the perimeter, sometimes it can get pulled up while moving it around.
    I'm with you--I spray baste and pin whereever I think it needs it.

    I don't have a flat surface or enough room on the left side of my machine. I have to roll it up and that distorts it.
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    I guess I move mine around too much because I usually need to either pin or baste around my quilts. I do this only on the bigger quilts, not wallhangings or smaller ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I spray baste , but still pin a bit on the perimeter, sometimes it can get pulled up while moving it around.
    Me too, probably dont need to pin but when I'm doing a large quilt, the pins just make me feel better about any spots on the edge that might not have been sprayed as much.

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    I use painter's tape to hold my backing nice and tight and then I spray baste the batting. I leave a 2" border around my batting on all 4 sides. I then spray baste my quilt top on top of the sandwich and the top is 1" smaller than the batting all around. After I spray it I use a rolling pin to get it nice and smooth. It holds up but if you need to adjust it you can take it apart to adjust and when you put it back together just use your rolling pin and it sticks just great. Make sure you have good ventilation and use a drop cloth or be ready to scrub your floor; it gets very tacky.

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    i sometimes pin the edges of the border.

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    I've been wanting to try 505 spray, but having a hard time finding it. I can order online buy have any of you ever seen it at Joann's, HL, Hancock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabric Galore
    I use painter's tape to hold my backing nice and tight and then I spray baste the batting. I leave a 2" border around my batting on all 4 sides. I then spray baste my quilt top on top of the sandwich and the top is 1" smaller than the batting all around. After I spray it I use a rolling pin to get it nice and smooth. It holds up but if you need to adjust it you can take it apart to adjust and when you put it back together just use your rolling pin and it sticks just great. Make sure you have good ventilation and use a drop cloth or be ready to scrub your floor; it gets very tacky.
    I forgot the "scrub floor" part once. :thumbdown:

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    Does spray basting work with all kinds of batting? I normally use polyester batts.

    I've read too that some quilters fix up a basting wall for spray basting. How can this be done and is it really much easier than basting on the floor?

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    I actually baste mine on my bed. I take all the sheets off but the fitted one. The I put the batting on, and spray the top half. Then I lay the bottom half on and turn over. I make sure there are no wrinkles and do the same thing again.

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    Some good information here.

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    I have Spray Basted for years before I got my mid arm..i have attached pictures from shuttererfly showing how i sprayed my quilts..I layed a clean sheet down..put the back of the quilt down..layed the battin down ...then the top...smoothed all the wrinkles...folded back top..battin half way...then sprayed alittle..about 8 inches across..folded down..smothed fabric..one step at a time...then went to the other side and repeted the same steps...sorry if i have misspelled words..but wanted to share the pictures...hope this helps...
    http://share.shutterfly.com/share/re...8AbtnDJm5ZOGP4

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    How careful do you have to be? And do you baste the whole thing at once? Work from the middle out? (I know I'm supposed to quilt from the middle out.) It just seems impossible to me that it will all stay put. (Maybe I'm a wild quilter. Do you think so?)
    It's good to follow a specific series of steps when spray basting to make it easier. For example, position batting on top of backing the way you want it first, then turn back half of the batting, spray it, then smooth it back into position. Then do the other half the same way. Position the top, fold back, spray, smooth that half, etc. the same way.

    On a large quilt it can be a good idea to pin baste along the edges.

    You don't necessarily machine quilt from the center of the quilt. A lot depends on the type of quilting you are doing. If you are doing straight line quilting, for example, to create squares then you start at the middle *of a side* and work your way to the opposite side. Similarly, with free motion stippling, you probably want to start at a side edge and work your way to a side edge. That way you don't have to worry about burying thread ends later. There are some designs that require starting and stopping in the middle of the quilt, but most do not.

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    Just the spray baste.
    If you use the safety pins, they will just be in your way.
    Make sure you have enough spray on the backing, and your batting to secure all the layers and enough fabric on all (4) sides to push and pull your quilting.

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