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Thread: Basting using Elmer's Glue and boards with pictures

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    Basting using Elmer's Glue and boards with pictures

    I thought I would do a tutorial on how I use Elmer's School Glue to baste my quilt sandwich using boards.

    So to begin, roll your quilt top on the boards like this.

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    I apply a dot of glue where the fabrics meet. You can do that or drizzle it on or draw lines; however you like.
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    Then I smooth the batting down on top.

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    Continue unrolling the board applying glue and batting as you go until the whole top is done. At this point flip the quilt top and batting over and really smooth it out. If you want to speed up the drying process then iron it at this point.
    Flip it back over so the batting is facing up and now begin to unroll you backing on top.
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    And once again I either just place random dots of glue all over or drizzle it on.
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    Now just continue unrolling the backing and applying glue. When done, smooth out with your hands and iron to dry if you wish. Otherwise just let it dry naturally for a few hours.

    See? Wasn't that easy?

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    boards???

    What do you use for the boards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z View Post
    What do you use for the boards?
    Sorta looks like a 1 x 4 to me.
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    Great tutorial!

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    Thanks for the tutorial. Which method have you had the best results with..ironing the glue or air drying?

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    Thanks for the tutorial.....I have to try that.....

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    What a great idea! You did make that look easy and inexpensive! Thanks for sharing.
    Love 4 stchen

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    Great tut but that quilt looks awful small to me. What do you do for a queen or king size?

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    thank you for taking the time to post this tut
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    I could see this using the Home Dec rolls that some stores (like Hobby Lobby) use to display Home Dec fabrics. It is round but would be a free way and safer (maybe - no splinters) to roll the quilt on. They are wide - 60' if I remember correctly, but could duct tape 2 together for larger quilts. (They will give them to you for free if you ask and they have them) I will try glue basting next time!
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    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I use the board all the time but have been hand basting my layers. Never thought about using the school glue. This is going to save alot of time. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

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    Yes, the board is a 1x4. My husband cut and sanded it really well. I wanted to paint it but just never got around to it. I've never gotten a splinter. It is 7 feet long so a long quilt fits on it.

    I have ironed and air dried and personally i like the ironing. It makes the tops very smooth; smoother than I can get with my hands. But air dry is perfectly fine too. Have done both.

    Glad you like it!!!

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    That's neat - I like it - thank you for the tutorial! :-)

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    Thanks for the tutorial!!
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    Interesting! I do this but spray baste. A hint for you though. If you cover the boards with flannel, the fabric clings, which helps get it nice and snug when you are starting out.

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    Great tip on the flannel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slicksister View Post
    I thought I would do a tutorial on how I use Elmer's School Glue to baste my quilt sandwich using boards.

    So to begin, roll your quilt top on the boards like this.

    Name:  IMG_5324.JPG
Views: 6481
Size:  836.8 KB
    I apply a dot of glue where the fabrics meet. You can do that or drizzle it on or draw lines; however you like.
    Name:  IMG_5326.JPG
Views: 6535
Size:  785.0 KB
    Then I smooth the batting down on top.

    Name:  IMG_5327.JPG
Views: 6285
Size:  462.0 KB
    Continue unrolling the board applying glue and batting as you go until the whole top is done. At this point flip the quilt top and batting over and really smooth it out. If you want to speed up the drying process then iron it at this point.
    Flip it back over so the batting is facing up and now begin to unroll you backing on top.
    Name:  IMG_5333.JPG
Views: 6263
Size:  590.7 KB
    And once again I either just place random dots of glue all over or drizzle it on.
    Name:  IMG_5332.JPG
Views: 6343
Size:  657.3 KB
    Now just continue unrolling the backing and applying glue. When done, smooth out with your hands and iron to dry if you wish. Otherwise just let it dry naturally for a few hours.

    See? Wasn't that easy?
    SO ARE YOU GLUING the batting? or the Front?

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    thanks for pictures great tut!

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    Thank bunches

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    Thanks got two home dec rolls and gonna try this this week. Don't think I'll miss the pins!

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    Thank you for the tutorial. Do you have your batting in place when you start to unroll?

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    Great tutorial, thank you!

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    Excellent tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I have several large quilts to prepare for FMQ, and will certainly try this method.
    Aileen
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    I am a longarmer....but would definitely do this on a small quilt that I might do on my Bernina. I use the Elmer's glue method for applying binding, (Sharon Schamber's youtube video is great for learning the method). I tell everyone Elmer's school glue is my new best quilting friend. I have used it to tack applique pieces also. Thanks for the tut...brilliant!

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    Thanks for the tute.
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