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    Whole quilt basted with Elmer's school glue

    In the past I basted smaller pieces with Elmes's school glue and it was great. Tonight I basted the entire 80x60 quilt with it. Everything went smoothly (knock on wood) and I am going to leave it to dry overnight. It will be ready for quilting tomorrow. I hope it holds well. I will post my results. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
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    Good luck!

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    I so hope it works out for you. I taught small children for 23 years and I can't get over the trauma of glue messes.

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    fingers xxxxxxxx hope it works well

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    when you basted your quilt, did you use a hot iron? saw in the store last night they are now making Elmer's clear school glue, gonna buy it next time I out.
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    Can't wait for the update!
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    I have checked on my quilt and the sandwich pieces are stuck to each other pretty good. I am impressed. I noticed one thing though, it is better to make thin lines with the glue rather than dots since the quilt is heavy and it will be handled more than a small piece. If you squeeze the bottle and move fast the glue comes out in a really fine line. I will start quilting tonight when kids are in bed and there is nobody that needs me LOL.

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    Good luck!! Keep us updated. This would sure save knees and fingers.
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    Can't wait for the update. Love to try something new.

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    I have done this with lap size quilts, just finished one last week. They quilt up just fine and I have not had a problem, but I do iron my some to set the glue. What I do is lay out the batting, put the backing over it right side up, then I roll or fold the backing so I have a strip going across one end. I put the glue on backing then unroll that part and smooth it out, do the next section showing and unroll and smooth, when all done I start in the middle and press it to set and make sure there are no wrinkles or puckers. The iron dries it great, then I flip it over and do the same with the top. Works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    I so hope it works out for you. I taught small children for 23 years and I can't get over the trauma of glue messes.
    Thanks for my morning laugh! Too funny!

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    The sewing machine needle goes through the glue without any problem? It has to be the Elmer's washable school glue, right? Do you dilute it? What about a glue stick? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peepers View Post
    The sewing machine needle goes through the glue without any problem? It has to be the Elmer's washable school glue, right? Do you dilute it? What about a glue stick? Thanks.
    It is Elmer's washable school glue and I used it straight from the botthe, no diluting. Needle goes through it with no problems. I have also used all sorts of Elmer's glue sticks but not on a large quilt because I feel they would not stand up to the amount of handling a large quilt requires when you have a domestic sweing machine. The glue stics worked great for me when I was doing qayg or smaller projects like table toppers and place mats.I have not tried it the glue sticks on anything bigger which does not mean they would not work. You would need a lot of glue sticks though.
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    Please update us after you've had a chance to sew on it tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normabeth View Post
    when you basted your quilt, did you use a hot iron? saw in the store last night they are now making Elmer's clear school glue, gonna buy it next time I out.
    Im a zealous convert to using Elmers. I bought the clear glue and didnt like it. Too runny and made a big mess. Ill stick with the white stuff.

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    I willtry this idea. Thank you.

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    Wil it wash out successfully?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calmqultr View Post
    Wil it wash out successfully?
    So far it washed out with no problems. I am a mom to two elementary school kids. They come home coated in Elmer's school glue, and I mean had to toe and it all washes out perfectly. Apparently, this type of glue is not really glue but starch.

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    I saw this on Pinterest and the thought crossed my mind that this might work rather than the quilt sprays that are out now - sure would be better for the lungs....what does everyone think....

    How to Make Elmer's Glue Spray


    Homemade glue spray made from ordinary school glue such as Elmer's Glue-All has a variety of uses including craft and building projects. It is also useful in building model cars and planes. Elmer's glue spray is extremely easy and inexpensive to make. Anywhere where a mild adhesive is needed, this glue spray glue will do the trick. Because Elmer's is water-soluble, cleanup is also quick and easy.

    Instructions

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    Combine equal parts glue and water in the spray bottle. Shake until they are completely combined.
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    Add 2 to 5 drops of dish soap to the glue mixture.
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    Swirl the mixture gently with the tube from the the head of the bottle until the dish soap has been thoroughly mixed in.


    Read more: How to Make Elmer's Glue Spray | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6598712_make...#ixzz251ojNGgx

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    Wish I'd known about this sooner. I bought a whole bunch of 505 spray last time they were on sale at JoAnn.
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    Please note: The recipe for the Elmer's school glue spray is for Elmer's Glue-all. Quilters are using Elmer's School Glue. Will the Glue-all wash out?? Does the same recipe work for the school glue?? We don't want to ruin a treasured quilt by using the wrong thing or having a spray that does not hold. If you have tried the school glue spray, please let us know how it works.

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    Wow, I've never even heard of this before ... how long have you been using glue to baste ??
    Is this a popular method now ?
    Wonder if it will affect machines long-term, as it gets transferred from the needle into the bobbin & case areas etc ... ??
    Last edited by TexasGurl; 08-30-2012 at 06:24 AM.

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    I am a big fan of glue basting. I have glue basted many smaller quilting projects, but not a big quilt. I have always glued then dry ironed the glue. It sounds like you may have not used an iron. Could you clarify for me? I'm really curious to know- it may be an alternative to the spray basting I do on big quilts!

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    This sounds neat!

    When you iron to set the glue is the quilt still on the floor? Is it better to put the glue on the batting or the backing/pieced top?

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    I have done this twice with good results. I do the little skinny bead of glue randomly dripped. Stays together well.

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