It makes basting so much easier. I can no longer afford to send my quilts out to a longarmer so I am learning to FMQ. I became very tired of crawling around on my hardwood floor and putting safety pins in to baste them! I use a glue stick. For decades quilters only had their hands, a needle and thread as tools for putting quilts together. 319. I am skimpy with it and try to make one can last for at least 2 if not 3 quilts. So could you just water the Elmer's down to where it sprays out of the nozzle easier? Thanks for letting us know about the Rose Art Glue, I have tried the Play School Brand of washable School Glue from the 99 Cent Store and was okay to use. As it is a liquid coming out it was much easier to direct than an aerosol. I used the 91% alcohol, and it dried very quickly with the iron. Has anyone ever tried using a glue stick and dot it in areas that you would normally pin baste a hand width apart. Thanks!!! I made my own ironing board using a solid plywood 100% cotton batting and 100% cotton fabric to cover. You will also have a large area to work on which will help you baste bigger quilts. By doing this, I was able to iron directly on the quilt without damaging a wooden table. When I squeeze it onto my quilt and/or batting my poor hands can't take it. I started spray basting all of my quilts a while back. I mastered Deb Tucker's Rapid Star Fire ruler by making four Pop Stars quilts. To get started, you will need to lay your backing right side down on a smooth surface. How long do you need to let this homemade version dry before quilting? The glue sounds good. I also belong to a scrappy sewing circle that meets on the 5th Sundays of the year. Thanks for the ratio on the glue to water. Adhesive spray can be rather costly. what about putting a large piece of heat resistant batting on the table, like the kind they use for hot pads? How to Spray Baste Your Quilt 1. I do use an iron to help the glue set faster and thinking about it I use a bit more glue. When I FMQ, I work the FMQing around the edge of the quilt and quilt into the middle of the quilt. :). I am calling this quilt Spring Fling - it is from my latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. “Quilting the Quilt” by Dawn Cavanaugh appears regularly in every issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting in partnership with American Professional Quilting Systems. I liked them the best so far but I decided to try the homemade basting spray. I am going to try this on one of my quilts. Not bad, since it cut the sandwiching process down expediently. I'll be showing you how to pin baste as well as how to spray baste. (and one baby quilt too), A Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt - Part 1, Announcing my new website: MarveLes Art Studios. that stuff is so expansive but I like it better than starch, So I'm confused. LOL!! Be sure to dry the glue with a non-steam iron. Problem is that I live in Hawaii and, due to the humidity, things take very long to dry. It's aerosol, it gets in the air, it gets on your floor (overspray), your walls, your pets, etc. Thanks for the pictures and explanation. Learn how to mix liquid concentrate or make your own homemade recipe here. Also, with the flour mixture and the elmer's glue mixture, do you clean the nozzle after each use? As a side note, i tried using the rose art brand glue when my local big box store was out of elmers. I'll say that it does not matter which one is used. It is a temporary adhesive, which is perfect for all those quilts, applique, basting, hemming, embroidery, or other sewing and crafting projects.The spray adhesive is a great alternative to spending tons of time doing frustrating pinning on all different sizes of projects. Lay the quilt backing fabric on a clean hard floor, right side down. UPDATE: There have been changes in the recipe and uses for the Multi-Purpose Quilt Spray since this blogpost was published and the FREE download has been updated to reflect these additions. Hi Tracy,Thanks for coming by my blog, remember it has to be Elmer's or Play School's Washable School Glue or it will not wash out. When the water and salt boils, turn down to a gentle boil and add flour and water. In most cases, I would encourage you to press to the side. I'm working on a baby quilt and sure won't spray anything toxic on it....Elmers, however...PERFECT. She is tired of paying the $15 Cdn per can that it costs here, and was wondering if she could use hair spray or would it gum up her machine. Cover The Work Area. I will often trim the backing so that it is just a couple of inches away from the top. Hi Ellen Ann, I belong to the African American Quilters of Los Angeles we meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00 pm at the Water and Power Building near the corner of MLK Blvd and Crenshaw in LA. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in all your projects! Now, 505 in the red can comes from Frances but is still the same as the 505 found here in the USA. Works like a dream. Check out this cool tutorial from Sharon Holland: Note Bene: Homemade Spray Baste would not work for this method because the moisture of the baste will make it too heavy to stay on the wall Two commissioned quilts for a dear friend for Christmas 2015. Tried 505 and other basting sprays. Do you always wash your quilts after using the Elmer's glue or the flour spray before using the quilts? I just bought 2 cans of 505 yesterday, so I am really anxious to try your great ideas for basting. If by chance you spray off your quilt it would be handy to have a damp rag to wipe up the excess. When you press your seams open, the strength of your seam is only as strong as your thread. I have a piece of light weight plywood I place on the table to make it larger and more of a rectangle. I'm easily confused, lol, but after rereading I think I got it. 505 adhesive spray. Also, thanks for the idea. Use masking tape to tape the fabric to the floor, starting at the corners and taping all around the outside edge. I experience no fumes with the spray either. Not all spray adhesives are forever - June Taylor and 505 wash out when you wash the quilt. If there is glue showing through then you literally used 20 to 50 times too much!!! An unsolicitated and unaffiliated opinion of many different quilt battings. Next you will lay your batting on top of the backing and smooth it out. If you search for “quilt basting alternatives” or “quilt basting … First, I put my Warm and Natural Batting in the dryer for a bit to try and soften the wrinkles. I like gluing as opposed to pinning. So for less than a dollar a quilt I have found an excellent alternative to pinning and spray basting. Sounds great! When I had this section done I would move the whole quilt top and batting to get any other areas. I thin my glue with water. Using Elmer’s washable school glue on quilts 7 10 2013 I recall hearing about Elmer’s washable school glue some time back, so when I was in an art supply store in Texas earlier this year, I picked some up (forgetting what it was useful for, but knowing that it’s not easy to find in Australia). The next step is to baste the layers together ready to quilt it. Spray the batting and then lay the top over it hand press it down or if in a hurry you can iron it. What an interesting concept. safety pins. I played around with watered down elmers in a spray bottle (1 part glue to 3 parts water) and it worked but requires a LOT more ironing. I am going to try the flour based spray and see how that turns out. They should both be about the same size... 3. I am getting less and less tolerant of the smell from spays. I do not FMQ until the whole quilt is sandwiched and dry! Oct 15, 2011 - Starch quilt fabric to make cutting, piecing, applique and quilting a dream. How To Baste a Quilt with Basting Spray. 1. :) For quilts with polyester matting I put a dollop of Elmer's Washable School glue in. It is really good. I did this the entire length of the quilt. Hi there,I just added a post for some spray basting made from flour and rubbing alcohol that worked like a charm. Oh Sara this is Wonderful! Hmm, hand quilting is something that I have never tried and kudos to all of you that do take the time to finish you quilts so beautifully. The answer to my prayers was at last at hand. When I squeeze it onto my quilt and/or batting my poor hands can't take it. I am using tapioca flour as that is what I have on hand and I think I will add some glue (aleenes what i have here) when i add the vodka to the mix. I'm with you Janet, I'm confused. Hi 5 lilacs (such a lovely smelling springtime plant) I hear you on sending things out to the longarmers - I never did it but I know it is expensive. In this episode, you'll learn how to: Easily prepare an economical homemade basting spray. I've used your method and it works like a charm, as to the concerns about the table finish, I have a couple pieces of heavy corrugated cardboard from an appliance box the I use over my table top-- with an old wool blanket over that--- been doing it a couple of years and never damaged my table. I have glue basted two quilts using this method and, with your tips, it went even better this time. I discovered a recipe for homemade quilt basting spray and I'm pleased to share it with you. Spray Basting, in comparison, is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient. Regarding sprayer: The finer the mist, the better. Now I have a place to refer back to everytime I start to baste a new Quilt! 1/2 tsp salt. If using a plastic fold out table use a lower heat setting too.. Thank you, Janet, for the awesome tutorial, and also thank you all who took the time to comment. Sometimes I iron the quilt as soon as everything is smoothed out. Sweet Adeline Quilts has perfected the Elmer's Washable Spray Glue in a spray bottle ratio so here you go! You are more than welcome. Thank you Thank you! I launder my quilt on gentle cycle with regular (scent free due to allergies) detergent and all the glue comes out, no issues. Hi Tracey! Also, if you like to starch the back of your quilt to make it slicker and aid in machine quilting, wait to do this until after you have spray-basted the quilt. Poly is all I have and they recently have gotten in the spray glue in a local shop near here! How to spray baste on the wall. I have tweaked a recipe from a member of the Quilting Board forum that I follow. It's much more economical than buying temporary spray adhesive and much easier on your fingers than pinning. Thanks! Still, don't use steam. Regarding clogging: I've had NO problems with the clogging. I pieced the back aka Back Art, as it is more of a scrappy quilt. I am so glad you found out about using alternative ways to sandwich a quilt. This is so much less intimidating than pinning! Anywhere where a mild adhesive is needed, the spray glue will do the trick. I take no credit for this pattern, and have cited in the title  the woman from whom I received the pattern. Hi there,Thank you for stopping by my blog! Now you can buy more fabric :). English paper piecing. Will give this a try and report back. - Remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature. Right now, I use the flour and alcohol spray glue 80 % of the time and the Elmer's or 505 the other 20 %. Baste spray is adhesive and can get messy if not handled properly. Interesting. Doing the sandwich is sometimes the hardest part.Will definitely give this a try. I am in 3 and am joining the LA Modern Quilt Guild next week at my first meeting. Can't wait to try it. I am sure he will like it! Next to the tedious thread and needle basting this is the easiest, I wished I had Ironed after smoothing the fabric. a hammer. Odif USA 505 Spray is a perfect adhesive for fabric, batting, or even paper. This doesn’t need to be a complete coating-- think about making a “grid” of sprays and making sure the edges are sprayed . With spray basting, I am much more inclined to just get on with it! When I found 505 temporary spray adhesive, I was in hog heaven! You will need: I do not recommend it as it turned brown when i ironed it and was a real pain to scrub out. Best of luck on trying this method of sandwiching quilts with a future project. I then smoothed it down with my hand. 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