Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 114

Thread: Basting with Elmer's Washable School Glue

  1. #1
    Super Member carslo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    soCal
    Posts
    1,526
    Blog Entries
    5

    Basting with Elmer's Washable School Glue

    I tried this method as I was looking for a more economical method of basting similar to using 505.
    Elmer's Washable School by the gallon is $14.00 - cheap I should be able to do at least 18 quilts with a gallon of glue vs 505 in the red can $13.00 a can and I can get maybe 3 quilts per can.
    Read on and see if this method is for you.
    First, I put my Warm and Natural Batting in the dryer for a bit to try and soften the wrinkles. The I spread it out on my ping pong table (we never play ping pong on it, I use it only for quilting purposes)
    Then I spread my backing on the top of the batting. I arranged it so that there was batting showing underneath all around the edges. I smoothed it all with my hands to ensure that there were no wrinkles in the batting.
    Then I folded half of the backing towards the center of the quilt, (like folding a piece of paper in half on the long side of the paper.)
    Now, holding the smaller bottle of glue over the batting at about 18 inches high I began to squeeze out the glue. With constant pressure I swirled the glue about 18 inches back and forth until I had about an 18 inch square swirl of glue. It dotted and did not lie in a straight line. I did this the entire length of the quilt.
    Next, for the smoothing of the backing to the batting I started in the center of the the length of the backing and gentle lifted and pulled it towards me. I then smoothed it down with my hand. Then I did the same thing towards the left of me until I reached the end of the row and then I did the same thing on the right side. repeating the process for another 18 inch lengthwise row until that half of the backing was glued on.
    I made sure there were no wrinkles and hand pressed the backing to the batting.
    I repeated the same actions on the other side of the table with the glue onto the batting, then hand pressing it down. The I let it dry overnight. I positioned the quilt so that the center line was on the table's middle so that there was even pressure on the quilt as it dried.

    I glued right up to the edge of the quilt! When I FMQ, I work the FMQing around the edge of the quilt and quilt into the middle of the quilt. The exact opposite of most folks. I read that if you quilt was securely basted it didn't matter where you started and ended
    I repeated the glue swirling and hand pressing for the quilt top. There may be some ripples on the batting, but once the glue and hand pressing was completed the weight and pressure flattened them right out. I let it all dry overnight once again and FMQed the next day.
    I took the quilt to the laundry mat and washed and dried it there, all the glue came out and it looks great.
    If I use Elmer's I will have more money for fabric

    Name:  DSCN0067 1.JPG
Views: 7154
Size:  35.5 KB Name:  DSCN0068 2.JPG
Views: 7146
Size:  38.0 KB Name:  DSCN0069 3.JPG
Views: 7159
Size:  32.9 KB Name:  DSCN0070 4.JPG
Views: 7124
Size:  37.7 KB Name:  DSCN0072 5.JPG
Views: 7121
Size:  31.8 KB Name:  DSCN0073 6.JPG
Views: 7122
Size:  43.6 KB Name:  DSCN0074 7.JPG
Views: 7119
Size:  53.3 KB Name:  DSCN0075 8.JPG
Views: 7139
Size:  43.0 KB Name:  DSCN0076 9.JPG
Views: 7104
Size:  39.5 KB Name:  DSCN0081 10.JPG
Views: 7157
Size:  57.5 KB
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 12-15-2012 at 05:04 AM. Reason: add pictures
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

  2. #2
    Super Member sewingsuz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    6,006
    This is great. Thanks for the Tut. Where do you find the school glue by the gallon?
    Suzanne
    Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Picasso to paint your garage.

  3. #3
    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
    Posts
    6,913
    Blog Entries
    1
    I went to your blog and saw your pictorial tutorial there... Nice job!!! http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedPig

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    30,837
    ​Thanks for posting the link auntpiggylpn. The pictures make it much easier to understand. Your quilt looks great carslo and thanks for posting your instructions.

  5. #5
    Super Member carslo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    soCal
    Posts
    1,526
    Blog Entries
    5
    I bought it by the gallon at Amazon. We are not allowed to post about our blogs - so I hope we don't get removed!
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

  6. #6
    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
    Posts
    6,913
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by carslo View Post
    I bought it by the gallon at Amazon. We are not allowed to post about our blogs - so I hope we don't get removed!

    You didn't post about your blog; I did!!!
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedPig

  7. #7
    Super Member carslo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    soCal
    Posts
    1,526
    Blog Entries
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    You didn't post about your blog; I did!!!
    Okay you are right lolrofl
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

  8. #8
    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
    Posts
    5,736
    Glad you had a good experience with it ... I didn't. I looked through the pic's on your blog and you had the same glue "gobs" that I did - about the same size. Well ... I finished quilting mine today and my machine did NOT like going through the glue gobs and each time I hit one my thread broke. I also noticed that it was gumming up my needle.

    Back to hand basting for me
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    30,837
    I am going to try it on a small project myself and see how I like it. It would be nice to add another method to my basting options. I love my Hobbs fusible batt and 505 spray worked well on a polyester batt. Someone said that 505 wasn't for polyester batt but I was satisfied.

  10. #10
    Super Member carslo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    soCal
    Posts
    1,526
    Blog Entries
    5
    Wow, so sorry to hear that, I did spread the blobs out with my hands when I hand pressed the fabric to the batting but I did 4 big quilts with the same needle.

    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Glad you had a good experience with it ... I didn't. I looked through the pic's on your blog and you had the same glue "gobs" that I did - about the same size. Well ... I finished quilting mine today and my machine did NOT like going through the glue gobs and each time I hit one my thread broke. I also noticed that it was gumming up my needle.

    Back to hand basting for me
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

  11. #11
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469
    Thanks for your clear instructions. I am working on 12 place mats for my daughter for Christmas and used glue for the first time to baste those. I wondered how it would work for a larger project and now I know! The only problem I have is that I self-bind (pull the backing over to the front, fold down, decorative stitch to secure) and had some places where the glue holding the batting to the backing was a bit hard to work around. The fabric was also a bit stiff in places as I pulled the backing over.

    I've been spray basting for quite a while and have about ruined the spare bedroom I used. I've been spraying basting on top of a double bed, but the overspray has made a mess. I'll try the glue on my next larger project, but will use it for sure on small ones.
    So many quilts, so little time.

  12. #12
    Super Member Maggiemay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    1,537
    I have glue basted a lot of smaller projects & wall hangings. I have always used my iron to smooth & dry at the same time. I love being able to use Elmer's- so easy & cheap!

  13. #13
    Super Member moonrise's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Northwest Georgia
    Posts
    3,049
    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.

    I should mention that I haven't tried this for an actual bed-size quilt, but so far it works like a dream for doll quilts and wall hangings. I imagine it would work fine for larger quilts as well, though.
    Have a wonderful day! If you need to contact me, please use the e-mail address on my profile page. Sometimes I don't get notifications that I have a PM here. Please note that I'm usually unavailable on weekends, but I'll get back to you on Monday.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    455
    Blog Entries
    2
    I am going to try this method. The others did not work for me.

  15. #15
    Senior Member Grannyh67's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Barling, Arkansas
    Posts
    824
    Blog Entries
    1
    I am going to try this, I have used the spray and had good results but more expensive. This sounds great. Thanks for the Tut it was great.
    Life is SEW great!!!!!!

  16. #16
    Super Member MaryAnnMc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    in front of this dang computer instead of my Bernina!(Naples, Florida)
    Posts
    1,661
    I've used Elmer's for piecing and binding, so my next step is to use it for basting. This is a great little tutorial. Now to get my hands on a ping-pong table! I love the idea of diluting and spraying the glue.
    aka Chicken McLittle

    If it's true we learn from our mistakes, I'm going to be a genius!

  17. #17
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    6
    I use my finger to lightly spread out the glue gobs. A little messy but it works great!! :-)

  18. #18
    Super Member grandme26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Central Arkansas
    Posts
    2,560
    I have used the school glue when sewing blocks together and on binding. Beats being stuck with pins.
    Grandmeto6 aka Judy

  19. #19
    Super Member AZ Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,674
    For globs or any big "dots", take a moment and smooth them out with your finger. I am able to hand-quilt using the Elmer's School Glue method!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

  20. #20
    Super Member AZ Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,674
    Elmer's by the gallon google search:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=elne...ient=firefox-a
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

  21. #21
    Super Member SewExtremeSeams's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    7,743
    Blog Entries
    47
    I have found that it is much easier to reposition your layers with the washable school glue (prior to it drying) than it is with 505. If a person gets gummed up needles it makes me think that perhaps the glue wasn't dry. I love the glue.

    Linda

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
    [John Newton (1725-1807)]

    http://sewextremeseams.blogspot.com/

  22. #22
    Power Poster solstice3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Citrus County, Florida
    Posts
    10,516
    thanks!!! I have been hesitant to try it. Will now give it a shot

  23. #23
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    2,072
    Very cool tutorial; now I'm off to try it. Thanks sew much!

  24. #24
    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Pikesville, MD
    Posts
    602
    Blog Entries
    1
    I draw a fine grid with the glue, about 4"x4", and dry it with the iron, smoothing it out completely. I get a very thin line if I move the glue applicator very quickly across the quilt--also I finish faster that way. I had one quilt that I had half finished thread basting a few months ago. Now I came back to it, and used Elmer's School Glue on the rest. It was so much easier. I don't think I'm ever going to do it any other way but with the glue. Spray basting makes a mess, and in my view does not give as good results. One thing I do when I'm done basting with the glue is baste stitch with the machine all around the outside edges of the quilt, inside the 1/4" seam allowance--I used to do that with the spray basting too, just to keep the sandwich from opening up at any time during quilting, or while waiting to be quilted.

  25. #25
    Senior Member w7sue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Aloha, Oregon
    Posts
    414
    Blog Entries
    36
    JanTx - I hear you about the overspray -- I didn't quilt my own quilts unless they were small and I hate to admit this but when the weather is nice, I take my smaller quilts outside to spray - laying them on the lawn and spraying, then moving them inside to lay down - I am sure there are some that are going to think "oh no, not on the grass" but it worked for me. Now that it is raining (in Oregon) that isn't an option, but I don't have to worry about it too much since my hubby bought me a longarm a couple of years ago.

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.