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    Linda, yes I am heat setting my glue stick glue to my fabrics. I just got through watching the 3 videos from Sharon Schambers method for the binding using glue and I am impressed! I may be using glue in more places than I thought.
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    Neat idea, glue sticks. Amazing what you learn on this forum.

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    Okay, I have finished the center of my little project and it turned out pretty good, although I did make a mistake by not matching up my strips on the first section I put together, but I am not going to undo it. Pay attention everyone and line up your strips so you can avoid my mistake.

    Okay, now I will work on some other projects while waiting for the border step part. Good job Jenniky! Thanks for your help. It's almost as good as having you here teaching me what to do...almost...

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    Glue Experiment Trial #1

    My August Block of the Month is ready to quilt into a QAYG square.
    #1 - I am test using Elmer's liquid glue to baste the top and bottom squares to the batting prior to quilting.

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    #2 - I didn't have one of those needle tips that help you keep you glue line consistent and thin. I tried though to spread a small even line of glue around the edges of the back of my top piece. You can see where a few spots-especially to the bottom left of the picture I put too much glue.

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    #3 - Used a small damp towel to remove any excess glue. Carefully I placed my glued square centered on my batting. Then I heat set with an iron.

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    #4 - Following the outline through the batting of my top square. I placed a thin line of glue to frame my front square on the backside of the batting.

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    #5 - Then I centered the batting onto the piece of fabric backing. I then flipped it over smoothed gently with my hand and took it to the ironing board to heat set.

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    #6 - Next I sewed on the very edge all the way around my block.

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    #7 - Here is a picture of the back of my square. The fabric is stretched well but not taunt. I'm very happy with it. I have a lil extra glue sip-page here and there however; I'm positive it will wash out when it comes time to run the finished quilt through its first washing.

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    #8 - I did a a little stitch in the ditch(SID) or echo quilting and then I tried my hand at meandering micro free motion quilting (FMQ) . Im happy to report Im getting better at FMQ-ing with lots of practice.

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    Experiment Results - I would definitely use this method again. As it was my first approach to using this basting method I did make a few personal errors with putting on the glue. I have on order some http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...e__D21138.html My next basting test experiment will be using this, which I will share here on this thread. I would use Elmer's glue again in a heart beat but I am going to shop for the bottle that has the tip on it. Im heavy handed in most things so I think I definitely need the extra needle tip on the bottle to help guide my efforts. You can see a picture of this the glue tip bottle Im speaking of in Sharon Schamber's videos I and JeanieG posted links to. Again if you are new or intermediate quilters, "I highly recommend taking the time to watch her videos of this basting technique for borders." If you have not already. I give this experiment a 3 thumbs up. on a scale from 1- 5.

    NOTE *** I would not recommend this technique for anyone who is not comfortable with the regular maintenance of you own machine. Because I had places where I had globs of glue because I do have a heavy hand and did not have the extra guide regulator tip for my Elmer's glue bottle. I ended up with some glue on my needle and in my feed dogs which I had to take off my feed plate to clean out. Not an issue for me, but if you are not comfortable with doing this. I don't suggest using this glue method unless you are VERY CAREFUL.

    #1 - to ensure you have completely heat set and have only a thin dry glue line area you are working with and that obviously you have no globs of wet glue still in your fabric.

    #2 - Again Glue needs to be absolutely dry (in my humble opinion).

    #3 - Again,
    ensure you have completely heat set and have only a thin dry glue line area you are working with and that obviously you have no globs of wet glue still in your fabric. {Are you tired of reading this warnig???} I can't emphasize this enough. "It's kinda of like those pharmaceutical drugs that are so wonderfully advertised to ease our pains on TV... Then they spend the next two minutes with all the heavy warnings and disclaimers. ****** SO YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED BY JENNIKY. If you are not on intimate terms with your sewing machines internal workings BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL if you intend to try this method. Now that I have scared you all off of using this technique.

    #4 It really is a good solution to basting if you follow all of the above.




    Happy Sewing Gals! I now return you to your regular Orphan Quilt As You Go Topics...
    Have an awesome day!

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    Ronda Beautiful job... Way to GET IT DONE!!!! How does it feel..I bet you are sitting there with a cup of EARL GREY TEA... Just beaming.
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    Jenniky, I prefer the glue stick to the liquid glue. I didn't have any issues with globs anywhere. You might want to give it a try and see which you prefer?

    Yes, I'm a happy camper...mine was not perfect by any means, but decent and will look even better when I add some borders. I think I can figure out that part but will wait to do it with the group. Don't drink black teas or coffee, but definately herb teas...peppermint I'm thinking...
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    Rhonda - Yum Peppermint tea..good choice. I'm on my way out the door to get a glue stick. If I can stay out of the fabric section of Walmart I might make it back home with time to do a second experiment using the Glue Stick. I'm figuring the basting experiments will be a good filler while I'm waiting for some of the others who are quilting along with their projects to catch up. Wednesday of next week I will be moving on to the border and then will move on to discuss variations. Using this same technique; example: Wider a joining sashings.

    Then will look at a technique that attaches block to block without a sashing attaching them. So is my tentative agenda so far. I have to find out what other wonder secrets of the trade you ladies are hiding up your sleeves. .

    Ugh!! I think that last paragraph of the Experiment I should of written in Black..OVERKILL on BLUE. Sorry Ladies.
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    I used glue on one o' my Kay Wood 6 hour quilts & used a new wool battin'. This battin' had some polyester in it, so when I heat set the glue along each seam that I had basted, it melted. (I will always use my old wool battin' now.)
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    I glued each strip before I sewed it on. This is a serger pattern.
    I don't know how ta git rid o' this extra pict. It was also a 6 hour quilt.
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    Dublb - Bev Who is your handsome helper in the picture? I am not savvy with sergers'. Know what they are but have never had the opportunity to use one. I imagine that would open up a whole other line of sewing? Did you use the stick glue or the liquid glue? I love the round edge on your binding. What brand of wool batting do you use? Thanks for sharing your great quilt with us.
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    Ronda, now if you hadn't pointed it out, I might not have seen what you call a mistake. It looks great. In the past I had heard of glue basting but the idea of waiting for it to dry... made me anxious. At that point, I didn't realize you could speed the drying up with the iron. What a marvelous idea!!!

    I watched the video of Sharon Schamber's. Great tutorial. Next binding I do I will use her method with glue. I do the steps she states without the glue but her system seems like it will perfect a few places in my bindings. I like perfect and I like exact mitered corners. Am I a perfectionist? In my head, only

    Jenniky, Wow, your totorials truly AMAZE me. Either words flow out of your head and onto the keyboard easily OR you spend an awful lot of time trying to lead us all through this most interesting new skills of QAYG. Thank you so much! Your Glue Experiment Trial #1 is very easy for me to read today. Thank you, thank you, you bless me so much.
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    The helper is my "baby." Don't tell him I said that! He is actually 19 now. His brother & sister are 27 & 29. I tell people that I had a perfect family, a mama, a daddy, a boy & a girl. God gave me Matthew & made it more perfect.
    I got my serger for Christmas last year. I really like it. I mostly use it to serge the edges of my quilts before I put my bindings on. I'm thinkin' about takin' a class on all o' the other things I can use it for. I also make these "6 hour" quilts, even if they take me way longer than 6 hours.
    I used liquid glue for these quilts cause I didn't like how the glue sticks spread on the battin'. I usually use Hobbs Heirloom wool batting.
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    JenniKy...I have a UFO that I probably will have ready for the borders by next Wednesday. If I get it done early, can I go ahead and quilt the side borders? I wouldn't do the ends because I would't have the correct measurement until the borders were attached. I used several ideas that I picked up from you and others on this thread and I'm really encouraged. Just maybe I'll start to love finishing a quilt as much as I love piecing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    JenniKy...I have a UFO that I probably will have ready for the borders by next Wednesday. If I get it done early, can I go ahead and quilt the side borders? I wouldn't do the ends because I would't have the correct measurement until the borders were attached. I used several ideas that I picked up from you and others on this thread and I'm really encouraged. Just maybe I'll start to love finishing a quilt as much as I love piecing it!
    By all means please do...and don't forget to share it with us. I completely know what you mean about starting to love finishing quilts as much as I love starting them. QAYG has definitely given this gift to me also.
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    I have a question about using glue - liquid or stick. If the glue secures the fabric well, what happens if the fabric starts to stretch a little as you quilt? Won't that cause wrinkles once you get out to that glued down edge?

    I use the basting spray so that I can adjust as I go. So now I'm curious because the glue sounds like a great idea.
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    I'm currently doing Part B of the First Experiment with Glue and Im using the glue stick this morning. I am able to re-position the fabric just as I could with the adhesive spray and as of this moment so far I'm giving the glue stick a five thumbs up. Will report back when I have completed quilting the block.
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    Jenniky, Roxanne Baste it might have the tip you are looking for when using liquid glue. I bought mine for the great tip and it works so nicely. Here's a link so you can see the tip. http://www.amazon.com/Roxanne-Glue-B...+glue+baste+it

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    Thank you SewExtreme that is exactly what I was looking for.
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    this may only be a local problem....but here we keep glue sticks in the refridgerator.....actually mine are in the butter compartment......otherwise they are too soft and get really, really messy..... 91505 zip code

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    Glue Experiment Trial #1-Elmer's Glue STICK PART II

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    Using the same method as with the Elmer's Liquid glue. This time I used Elmer's Craft Stick Glue. The fabric is readjustable and I felt I had more control over putting the glue on the fabric and batting.

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    On this experiment I didnt run a stitch along the outer edge of the square before I started in on my quilting. That cost me some time in the frogging chair. LOL

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    Reapplied some stick glue around the edges. Heat set on Polyester Iron setting and then I ran a stitch around the very edge of my square.

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    As you can see on the needle there is a small amount of the residual glue building up on the needle as I sew along. So far this has not posed a problem and I have just removed the build up off the need with my fingers as I go along.

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    With the exception of tucking my threads. The finished front side.

    Experiment Results:
    I would use the glue stick again also. I give part B of this experiment using the glue stick, a 4 thumbs up. on a scale from 1- 5.

    NOTE *** I would not recommend this technique for anyone who is not comfortable with the regular maintenance of you own machine. Because I did have build up on my needle. Again, not an issue for me, but if you are not comfortable with doing cleaning the internal places of your machine if they some how get glue in them. I don't suggest using this any of the glue methods unless you are VERY CAREFUL.

    #1 - Again; ensure you heat set the stick glue to your fabric using the correct heat setting according to the type of batting you are using. Polyester, Wool, Cotton, Blends, Etc.

    #2 - Again Glue needs to be absolutely dry (in my humble opinion).

    #3 - I personally think if I had a HIGH END machine I would be hesitant to use any type of glue products for basting. However I feel very comfortable using them with my non-computerized low-mid level machine.

    I hope that sharing my glue experiments helped. Also please everyone feel free to counter something I have experienced with other experiences. So we can continue to learn from each other. Thanks again Ladies, I'm learning so much.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Jenniky, Roxanne Baste it might have the tip you are looking for when using liquid glue. I bought mine for the great tip and it works so nicely. Here's a link so you can see the tip. http://www.amazon.com/Roxanne-Glue-B...+glue+baste+it
    This glue is great too. It dries quick so don't leave it uncapped for a second longer than necessary and a little bit goes a long well. It holds really good. It is more expensive so I use is selectively but love it for small pieces for appliqué. Also if you use that tip with Elmer's the glue needs to be thinned down with water or it's too thick for the tip.

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    I've used Elmers & other school glues, in the Roxann's bottle. I found it ta be thick, but that I had more control that way. Good exercise for my arthritis! I do have ta clear the tip out w/water much more often than I want.
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    empty bottles and tips of various sizes are availible on the internet from cheapjoes art supplies...FYI


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    A hint for someone wanting to try using the liquid school glue: I purchased a DecoArt Foam Paint 1 oz bottle from Michaels for around .99. I purchased it after looking at all the water based paint bottles looking for the one with the smallest tip. I rinsed out the paint and when clean and dry refilled it with the school glue. I have been using this bottle for gluing my bindings for several years now. It leaves very small amounts of glue and works very well. The plastic top on the bottle really seals the glue well.
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    Someone else on the board had posted this site several weeks ago:

    http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewi...words=13757948

    I got this and the cap fits the Elmer's School Glue bottle perfectly. You get two bottles and seven tips, and the price is right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    A hint for someone wanting to try using the liquid school glue: I purchased a DecoArt Foam Paint 1 oz bottle from Michaels for around .99. I purchased it after looking at all the water based paint bottles looking for the one with the smallest tip. I rinsed out the paint and when clean and dry refilled it with the school glue. I have been using this bottle for gluing my bindings for several years now. It leaves very small amounts of glue and works very well. The plastic top on the bottle really seals the glue well.

    Thanks Jeanie, you really have gotten your money's worth... .99 is my kinda price!

    Thanks Evie for the resource. So much to learn on here, huh?

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