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Spray, glue, pin, hand baste, or boards? Which one do you prefer?

Spray, glue, pin, hand baste, or boards? Which one do you prefer?

Old 10-27-2016, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by annette1952 View Post
I tried Elmers but it didn't seem to stick very well. I must be doing something wrong. I'm getting ready to sandwich one today so I'll try again. Normally I use Sullivans spray which works very well but it is expensive. I try to get it on sale when possible. Thanks everyone for all the great info
Hmmm. Are you using cotton batting? I think it works best on any of the cottons. I can't figure out why it didn't stick well. I've never had that problem. Anyone else?
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:24 AM
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Yes, usually Elmer's washable school glue that is white. It seems to dry clear, but in the sandwich I can't tell. Please try the glue on a sample. I wonder why people are "afraid" of it. It is cheap, nontoxic, many of us say it doesn't gum up a needle if you let it dry, it has always washed out, etc. Just try it on a sample and let it dry and see how you like it. also, it replaces pin basting, not spray basting, in my opinion, so I don't dilute it or spray it on or paint it on. Just a thin line in a sort of grid pattern. Sometimes I do a meandering pattern. It stays until it is washed out. I'm working on a quilt now and the machine is having zero problems with the glue. I'm having problems with the thread, first time using this kind, but, it is hard to even know the sandwich is held together with glue. If you squeeze out a glob just smooth it with your finger. It washes off easily!! Please try it and let us know!!!
I hand quilt and use Elmer's Washable School Glue, just be aware of "blobs" and smooth them out. Perfect, I'll NEVER go back!
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:27 AM
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I spray baste all my quilts. I use 505 spray. I never pin. Sometimes the quilts sit for weeks (a couple - months-years) Occasionally on an old one I respray just the corners.
I will never go back to pinning.
I am fortunate that I have keys to our church and can go over and push tables together to baste. That and I have friends to help me. Never have to get on the floor (not sure i could get up if I did)

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Old 10-27-2016, 08:43 AM
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I love spray basting for larger projects, no shifting of the sandwich and it stays that way until I'm finished. The good old safety pins are great for smaller projects, even though it takes a month of Sundays to get them the way I want it as I tend to overdo. So in short, spray basting is my cup of tea.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:18 PM
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I use the safety pin method also. I don't like the spray method. I place a half sheet of plywood (vertical half) on my ironing board. I spread out the backing, smooth out the batting, and then smooth out the front. I pin the part on the board. Then I move the center section to one side and repeat the process on one side and the far side. I can no longer get down on the floor to baste, so this is what I figured out. I have also basted on the wall as if the quilt parts were a design wall. That works for me, too.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:57 PM
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Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone! There is absolutely no other place where the response is so good!!!
I'm still thinking I'll try the school glue just because that is one I have not done much of. The last quilt was pin basted and took me a long time. I'm wanting to get these last few tops sandwiched. Bless this craft of ours, and each one of you.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:03 PM
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I saw online to put it on your design wall and spray baste it that way. I set up some insulation board on the basement on the wall. I covered it with an old sheet and I put the back on it first. I just stick some pins thru the back into the insulation board to hold it up. I spray it and start layering. So much easier than a table or the floor. I can do up to a queen size this way. No crawling on the floor or stretching across the table. If the sheet gets sticky I just throw it into the washing machine.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
LOL I usually dread it too, especially for larger quilts. For lap size or smaller, I use the boards like in Sharon Schamber's video, but I spray baste, not hand baste. The fabric is easier to handle if you cover the boards with flannel first. I just used a staple gun to attach the flannel to the boards.
I love Sharons method of prepping quilts.
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:26 AM
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I use spray basting. It works great and is very fast. I use washable glue on baby quilts. I'm not comfortable using spray basting because I afraid is may be toxic.
I'm usually working on more than one quilt so I can use glue on one and let it dry over night while I'm working one another quilt.
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Old 10-30-2016, 12:33 PM
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I dreaded this part...UNTIL I found Sharon Schamber's method...now it's not a problem! Even though it takes a bit of maneuvering (what quilt project doesn't require this!!??), it's a great method and really works.

However, for very small quilts (wall hanging size and smaller) I usually spray or pin...

Sure love that board method though!
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