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to use pins or permanent basting spray

Old 08-31-2013, 04:32 AM
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I use spray basting now, and sometimes I am not able to baste on the dining room table or the floor, so the last time I did it I used my bed. The bed is king size, I took off the bedding, put on an old sheet, smoothed everything the best I could and spray basted the quilt on the bed. I worked out very well and basted very quickly. And on the plus size I did not get a sore back.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:51 AM
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The quilt has so much color and design I would probably just do an edge to edge design and not detract from the quilt itself. More and more Im sending quilts out for edge to edge. When I do a quilt that wants more, I have it custom quilted. Important to me at this stage of life and health to get these quilts done! We have amazing quilters here in St. George - where Las Vegas comes to shop!
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:56 AM
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I put a portable table next to my dining room table( covered with old flannel backed plastic table cloth). I tape down edges of whatever will fit on table and sandwich with big safety pins. When done,I just move some more onto the table. I don't like fumes from basting spray in the house,but I do use 505on table runners,smaller items.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:42 AM
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I agree with Elmer's Washable School Glue. I learned with pin basting, have used thread basting, and have tried spray basting, but once I tried the Elmer's Washable School Glue I will never do anything but. I do it in sections on my dining room table. I don't even tape anything. Six quilts in, one of them a big lap size, I am hooked.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by glendel1944 View Post
I am debating about how to quilt my first full size quilt top. I have the basting spray, but not a lot of room to work to put layers together. Don't know if I should just find a local quilter to do it for me or try it on my own. Any suggestions? I live in Vegas and if I take it out would like to do so locally.
Your thread title mentions *permanent* basting spray. Basting spray for quilts is not permanent; it is repositionable and (supposedly, anyway) washes out in the laundry.

I would either spray baste or baste with Elmer's white washable school glue. I would lay a large flat sheet over a large bed and use that for either method. (Toss the sheet in the laundry afterwards. Both will wash out.)

There are quite a few threads on the QB about basting with spray or with Elmer's. Here's a link to an Elmer's glue basting tutorial with photos:
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:49 AM
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If you have not used the basting spray before, you might want to try it on a small project first. It took me awhile to get the hang of it but now I do pretty good. I start in the middle of the quilt, fold back the bottom half and then spray about 12 inches across; then I put that part in place smoothing a lot as I go. Then, I move onto the next section. I find this works much better for me than spraying the whole thing at once. Remember you can pick up and move the material if it doesn't lay right.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:32 AM
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Thank each of you for your input. It is really nice to have such a great support group. I am new to serious quilting but have been sewing 50+ years. I have made baby & lap quilts but never got into it whole heartedly until lately. Now addicted.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:44 AM
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I use basting pins. Have not tried the Elmer's glue method..maybe will on a small project to see how it goes. I am really sensitive to the basting spray, even in an area with good ventilation, so don't use that.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:55 AM
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Lots of good long armers in vegas. Check with any of the quilt stores.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:00 PM
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I use basting spray and pins. I have a regular machine with a tiny throat so I have to handle and roll my quilts alot when quilting. It may be overkill but it works. Our last Guild Meeting someone suggested using the insulation foam covered with flannel as a pinning board also, not just a design wall. They drape half over the board, smooth it out, pin then turn it around, slide it a little and pin the other half all while it is leaning up. I am anxious to try it, sure beats the floor.
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