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    Any school supply store - like Learning World or Learning Palace - should have glue by the gallon

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise View Post
    I mix plain water and Elmer's glue 50/50 in a squirt bottle, and use it as a basting spray. If I set it to where it makes a fine mist, there are no glue blobs. There seems to be plenty of glue to hold the fabric and batting in place, but it doesn't give me any trouble when I do the quilting....

    Thanks Moomrise. I wondered about diluting and spraying the washable school glue. I will have to try it.

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    I have used your method the last 6 quilts and it works great. I am so happy with it. My machine hasn't had any issues, and I too am "frugal" with the thin bead of glue. Close enough to each other but a very thin line.

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    Thank you so much for the detailed explanation of using Elmer's Glue. I am going to try your method.

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    Thanks for the tutorial. Didn't have good result the first time but decided to try it again
    after seeing your tutorial. I think the glue might have been too thick or I simply have
    a heavy hand LOL. So this time I decided to thin it with some water (50/50) and use a
    paint brush. I made sure to "press" the paint brush as much as possible before applying
    the glue to the batting. Worked like a charm. Haven't quilted it yet. This second attempt
    was on a small quilt but how do you push a large quilt through the machine when it's
    that stiff? Fold it and not worry about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Thanks for the tutorial. Didn't have good result the first time but decided to try it again
    after seeing your tutorial. I think the glue might have been too thick or I simply have
    a heavy hand LOL. So this time I decided to thin it with some water (50/50) and use a
    paint brush. I made sure to "press" the paint brush as much as possible before applying
    the glue to the batting. Worked like a charm. Haven't quilted it yet. This second attempt
    was on a small quilt but how do you push a large quilt through the machine when it's
    that stiff? Fold it and not worry about it?
    Mine doesn't come out stiff at all; maybe you're still applying too much.

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    thank you for the tutorial doing it length wise makes it seem easyer. I have been reading a lot about the Elmers school glue basting doing it your way lately. However when I frist read about using elmers School washable glue for basting a quilt the method was by making a homemade spray and spraying it on. Have you ever used it as a spray? I wonder is one way better then the other? I have been putting off finishing my GD's christmas gifts because I am afraid of making a big miss. your turtorial on how to lay out the quilt to glue bast has come just in time maybe tomorrow I will find the courage to start basting. Thank you again yippie

    here is the recipe: you use equal parts glue and water in a spray bottle shake until they are compeltely combined, then add 2 to 5 drops of dish soap to the glue mixture. swirl the mixtrue gently with the tube from the head of the bottle until the dish soap has been thoroughly mixed in. after each use remove the sprayer from the spray bottle and flush it out with warm water. recipe from ehow.com called how to make elmer's glue spray.

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    I puddle when I am FMQ and just push the dang quilt around by starting on the outside and working in I found it so much easier. I would loose track of where I was going when I tried to start in the middle. I think I might just try the spray method, my handd and fingers would get a bit sore from trying to squeeze the glue bottle evenly and my quilts were all queen or larger. I am so glad that so many of you are thinking of doing it this way, I love using the glue for the binding also, after sewing it to the fron and flipping it over, it has cut down my basting time by half I am sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carol45 View Post
    Mine doesn't come out stiff at all; maybe you're still applying too much.
    Probably. Next time I will try it in grid instead of "painting" all over. I find the paint
    brush is much easier on my carpal tunnel than spray and I can control the amount.

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    If you press it with a hot iron you can dry it straight away

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    Thank you so much for the instructions and I went to your blog. Thanks again for all the work you did for us.

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    I'm in the process of glueing down my first binding on a tablerunner. I'm just glueing a small section at a time, and next time I will sew it on the back instead of the front, as I think the back may end up looking the best. We'l see when it's done. I'm so excited and trying this on a quilt; hadn't seen anything about it until I saw it here. Thanks to all of you for posting comments. Donna

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    Donna, for the binding, you can glue the section down, then press it with an iron. (Check out Sharon Schamber's video on UTube - Binding the Angel) It will not shift after you press it. I glue the whole binding on to the quilt before I sew.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Alright Elmer's Washable School Glue quilters here are the pictures

    Here are the pictures in order from start to end enjoy! Oops there are kinda small but you will understand better now.
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    Very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to share this information.
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    Oh, I love the quilt in the bottom right corner! What's the name of the pattern? I gotta make this one. Love it! ~~Ann~~

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    Are you showing that you used Elmer's glue to sandwich your quilt. By the way very pretty.

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    from the pics I am presuming you haver to "flip" this batt/glued back over to then glue the top onto the otherside of that batt?

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    Oh cool!!! Thank you!! Now question- for whatever reason I thought you dilute the glue with water and spray it on. Using dabs more secure?? And, do you iron it down? Thanks so much!
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    I like this but my hands won't squeeze that bottle very long. I have arthritic hands. Any suggestions. Could you put it in a plate or pan and us a foam brush to spread it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anndr View Post
    Oh, I love the quilt in the bottom right corner! What's the name of the pattern? I gotta make this one. Love it! ~~Ann~~
    It is from the Turning Twenty booklet but I used 30 fat quarters and doubled up on the green and cranberry ones. Easy to do and effective. Glad you liked it.
    Last edited by carslo; 12-14-2012 at 06:45 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheliab12 View Post
    I like this but my hands won't squeeze that bottle very long. I have arthritic hands. Any suggestions. Could you put it in a plate or pan and us a foam brush to spread it?
    I was told you can put half water and half glue in a spray bottle and then add 5 drops of liquid dish soap, then swirl the dish soap into the water and glue with the straw attached to the nozzle and spray it on. I will be trying this as soon as I get an empty bottle. Remembering to rinse out the straw and nozzle after each use. Sounds like a win/win soultion to me. Let me know if you try it out before I do
    Last edited by carslo; 12-14-2012 at 06:44 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day View Post
    Are you showing that you used Elmer's glue to sandwich your quilt. By the way very pretty.
    Yes I am I could post the pics before but the written tutorial is here too.
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    Yes, I did. I let it dry overnight or you could iron a smaller quilt to make the process go faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    You have to resize your photos to about 480 pixels to download them here carslo! I put mine into Picasa (a free google progam) then export them. There is an option to resize as you export.

    I've used the school glue for QAYG for holding it all together. I had good results with it that way too.
    Thank you for the heads up about Piscasa I did that last night and posted picture too but with no explanations I wish I could link the two posts
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