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. I started out with Elmer's, worked great but a little messy. You've got to spray baste in a ventilated area, preferably outside or with the windows open. The I spread it out on my ping pong table (we never play ping pong on it, I use it only for quilting purposes). Meanwhile, combine 1 cup water and 3 heaping tablespoons flour in a jar or well sealed tupperware, and shake to mix. It makes basting so much easier. Jun 18, 2018 - Explore Marion Kyle's board "Quilts, glue basting" on Pinterest. Regarding sprayer: The finer the mist, the better. At this point I will often mark the sides, the middle of the top. I dilute my glue for the Misto bottle though my formula is a bit. I guess I'm stupid or something. My dining table is oval, so that's probably not good, either. I can't imagine hand quilting through the hard glue I can feel in the quilt. Thanks for any suggestions. Adhesive spray can be rather costly. What an interesting concept. Learn how to use spray starch instead of hairspray or glue to baste your quilt. Glue basting seams is useful on many quilty occasions. I made sure there were no wrinkles and hand pressed the backing to the batting. - In a pot place 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt bring to a boil and reduce to a gentle boil. This is GREAT. Read on and see if this method is for you. Personally, I found that with the homemade spray there was no over spray like the canned. I quilt as you go, and this method is a God send for me. Me too ladies. 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. [divider] Other quilters have reported good results with alternatives such as home made recipes using Elmers Glue or Spray Starch. Yes, it does wash out in warm water in the washing machine. With basting spray for quilting, you can do just that! In this installment, Dawn describes how to baste a quilt sandwich with pins to prepare it for machine quilting. :). ), Using Elmer's Washable School Glue to baste your quilts, Glowing Pineapple Quilt As You Go (QAYG) Original Pattern from Sylvia Q. Davis - AAQLA Quilt Show Demonstration 2013, Economical Spray Glue for basting from stuff you have at home :). Now you can buy more fabric :). Find another table, or only use one that you don't care if it gets ruined! Misto spary bottle and Elmers Glue - Page 2. but your right about trying it with a spray bottle. I always wash my quilts after so the glue washes out and I've never had any problems. I just finished a Christmas quilt with lots of red and blue in it, I used a bit too much homemade spray glue on an area with red fabric (I do not pre-wash) and it turned the white a tad pink, I washed the quilt with Color Catchers and all was fine when it came out of the dryer. I don't use spray to baste quilts, but a friend of mine does. Baste spray is adhesive and can get messy if not handled properly. Thanks!!! but I think I would like to use this instead of pinning. I am afraid I would damage the finish. Making a quilt sandwich is a piece of cake when you are basting a quilt with homemade spray starch. When I had this section done I would move the whole quilt top and batting to get any other areas. If you are planning on hand quilting your quilt, then this technique is ideal for you. Lightly spray one half of the backing with basting spray. This tutorial includes a spray starch recipe and step-by-step instruct safety pins. Boy am I happy. Interesting. Well, I've read all your comments and if you're still using the flour mixture after three years it must be worth a try. It's much more economical than buying temporary spray adhesive and much easier on your fingers than pinning. Still, how do you protect your table, and do you use steam? I failed to check Notify me for the above message. I scoured the Internet to find the best price and by ordering it by the case it was about $13.00 a can for the large size. You can probably get away with it if you're only quilting simple straight lines, but if you are rotating or sewing an intricate pattern, that much movement can cause the quilt layers to twist and move. Anywhere where a mild adhesive is needed, the spray glue will do the trick. It is as follows: " 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.". 4. It repeated the gluing and hand pressing for the quilt top. Are these 2 different methods of glue basting that you are talking about? I have used glue sticks for applique and also bindings but never for a quilt. 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. Thanks for stopping by my blog. At the last minute I decided to use the flour, water, salt, and rubbing alcohol instead and it worked beautifully. If you use the glue in a spray bottle how much water do you use to water it down? LOL!! Anxious to try both the Elmer's and the spray recipe. I've updated the tutorial to reflect the concerns. Hi Jen Dale,I have never been able to water down the Elmer's successfully. Combine 2 cups water and 1 tsp salt in a pot and bring to a boil. I've had to change the name since I've found that not only can it … I have one of those hollow doors that I put on my table top to give me a large rectangular surface. Then I tried using full strength Elmers glue to baste the binding. Thanks for sharing this idea. After the first quilt, I added some Elmer's washable glue--to the remainder after using mixture on first quilt. One could probably after a day or so of natural drying, pop it in a warm dryer to tumble. It shifts: Even quilting with a walking foot, my quilt sandwich shifts and puckers if spray basting is the only way I baste. I hate pinning - nothing seemed to stay flat and in place no matter how many pins I used. When I squeeze it onto my quilt and/or batting my poor hands can't take it. I strongly suspect that, by the time the layers would have dried enough to quilt, every roach beetle, and ant within a mile's radius would have come out of their hidey holes for a nibble… especially with the flour version :( It is almost impossible to preserve vintage books here because bugs eat the glue out of the bindings -- they are especially fond of the old glues made with flour. Step 2: Shake your spray baste as directed (also, make sure you have sufficient ventilation), then, holding the baste 6-8 inches from the batting, evenly spray the whole thing. It works just as well and uses less glue. Did I not spread it out enough with my hand maybe? When the water and salt boils, turn down to a gentle boil and add flour and water. If you have a grid-style tile flooring, you can use the lines of the tiles to keep the fabrics straight and centered. Learn how to baste a quilt with basting spray – much quicker and easier than traditional thread basting. You can, however, use quilting glue as a cheaper yet equally effective alternative. I did want to say, though, that you mention overspray. I take my quilts as a rule to the laundry mat (see that posting here too) as I have an HE top loading washer and it is not the best for washing anything larger, If I use Elmer's I will have more money for fabric :), Okay everyone! Please come by for a visit :). 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 made my own ironing board using a solid plywood 100% cotton batting and 100% cotton fabric to cover. First, I put my Warm and Natural Batting in the dryer for a bit to try and soften the wrinkles. The I let it dry overnight. I smoothed it all with my hands to ensure that there were no wrinkles in the batting. I haven't had success with commercial spray bastes, such as June Taylor., so I hope this works for me! A loooong time ago I became increasingly frustrated with all the ways that existed to baste my larger quilts. But there is no denying the fact that basting spray is the best and most effective means of basting a quilt. So for less than a dollar a quilt I have found an excellent alternative to pinning and spray basting. I'm not decorating with this door so I don't care what it looks like. You are quite welcome, I hope that you try it out soon! I used the corn starch, and it (and your recipe) worked beautifully. I have a quilting friend on Instagram and this is the only method she will use. - In a clean spray bottle add 8 ounces of rubbing alcohol and the cooled flour mixture, gently shake and go sandwich a quilt. You would unclamp and move the remaining areas that have not been basted to the top of the table, I usually do a side and top and then the other side and top. I've been thinking about trying a glue stick. Great tutorial! I discovered a recipe for homemade quilt basting spray and I'm pleased to share it with you. This sounds wonderful. (I need all the help I can get). I'll be showing you how to pin baste as well as how to spray baste. I too was/am confused :) I just bought some elmer's glue, so now what? (and one baby quilt too), A Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt - Part 1, Announcing my new website: MarveLes Art Studios. My guild President asked me this past Sunday why I would want to use glue on my quilts, I gave a quick answer but will go into some depth here. Quilter’s Spray Baste Comparison: Since I have been using the spray baste quilting method for years, I have had the chance to try out many different brands to provide my official “Quilter’s Spray Baste Comparison”. I've not had much luck with spray basting. Hi ! Some sprays keep the quilt layers for months or years. Hi FLO,I too make homemade Best Press with vodka :) rubbing alcohol is cheap at the 99 cent store so I hadn't thought to try and use vodka instead. I love Elmer's glue, and use it for my binding too. I will add that for other quilters to know. Has anyone ever tried adding alcohol to Elmer's to thin it down instead of water, for use in a spray bottle? I would but I don't have any of that glue in house and still have to find a place where I can buy it in a big jug which I will be doing because yes I do prefer to glue then to pin and I've been using Roxanne's glue so far since it was the first thing I was introduce to using. Took a little time to make but I like it much better then all I have tried. Hi, I am so sorry that I am late getting back to you. Quilting Board Quilting Tips Quilting Tutorials Machine Quilting Quilting Patterns Basting A Quilt Quilt Binding Sewing Hacks Sewing Tips. The fabric should be smooth and taut when you are finished. Interesting...I have made my own Spray starch with Vodka...could this be done with Vodka instead of rubbing alcohol.? If you have a nice wall space— even an outdoor wall— you can spray baste your quilt upright instead of having to get down on the floor. Now, 505 in the red can comes from Frances but is still the same as the 505 found here in the USA. I used this on 2 quilts and working on basting the third one today. I also followed another blog's tips and used my granite island countertop. Then you would not have the problem with creepy crawlers! Hi there,I just added a post for some spray basting made from flour and rubbing alcohol that worked like a charm. I just happen to do this process on the same wall. Note that the super hot iron (and alcohol content) ensure that you have a dry, but fully adhered sandwhich. So could you just water the Elmer's down to where it sprays out of the nozzle easier? NO blood on quilts as there is enough sweat and tears - he he he do you remember the group Blood, Sweat and Tears :) I spend too many hours pinning quilts either on the floor or on tables if the quilt was small enough - I distinctive remember spending 8 hours pinning my son's quilt for when he passed boot camp for the NAVY back in the day when I only stitched in the ditch. 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. Do you spray the batting or the quilt top/backing? The glue sounds good. The next step is to baste the layers together ready to quilt it. Sometimes I iron the quilt as soon as everything is smoothed out. … 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. I've not used the pinning method as I'm a new quilter, and I adopted this basting method prior to trying any other. Jul 16, 2019 - This is probably one of the quickest ways to baste a quilt. How long do you need to let this homemade version dry before quilting? I know in elementary school in Canada where I was a support worker that we frequently used this glue on the cloth crafts that the children would make at Valentine's Day. I will be experimenting with using a spray bottle in the near future :). I made pillowcases to coordinate also. Be sure that all edges are lined up, just as you would if you were pinning. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in all your projects! By doing this, I was able to iron directly on the quilt without damaging a wooden table. I washed the quilt in a triple washer at the laundry mat with Purex soap pucks and 2 Color Catchers. So sorry! Happy sewing! The exact opposite of most folks. Oh Sara this is Wonderful! Here’s great spray baste tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew: Spray Baste Tutorial […] That seems odd to me. I became very tired of crawling around on my hardwood floor and putting safety pins in to baste them! Cover The Work Area. Thank you, Janet, for the awesome tutorial, and also thank you all who took the time to comment. I would not use even a dry iron on a cotton setting on a nice table. How to spray baste on the wall. Is the recipe for glue? I would advise ironing the glue dry and then quilting as soon as possible. If there is glue showing through then you literally used 20 to 50 times too much!!! 11. I have been using the elmers glue to baste for some time. Hi there,Thank you for stopping by my blog! I started in the center of the length of the backing and gentle lifted and pulled it towards me. If so, which do you prefer. I'll say that it does not matter which one is used. The spray glue mixture sprayed easily out of the bottle and had a nice adhesion to it. Are you in any guilds? 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. 4. Best of luck with your projects! See, spray basting means you spray the batting with a can of adhesive, much like hairspray (the method, not the ingredients). Thanks for the tutorialDonna. I didn't know that the spray was toxic or permanent. Hi I have put large pieces of cardboard down on my dinning table first and it seam to protect the table. Most notably, I find myself reaching for the glue when I’m piecing triangle quilts and quilts that have clean lines (such as the Reflections pattern I will be using in this demonstration. I do not recommend it as it turned brown when i ironed it and was a real pain to scrub out. Good luck! It was also higher and did not put as much strain on my back. If you have a pieced back this is critical if you want it to be centered. I am so glad you found out about using alternative ways to sandwich a quilt. Last Grand Illusion Quilt! I'm unclear how mold could grow with the alcohol or the salt. Find a place where you can lay out your quilt. It is moved to the garage when not in use. I tried that but it made the quilt so stiff I felt like I was trying to wrestle with bear to get it quilted! I have glue basted two quilts using this method and, with your tips, it went even better this time. To protect your nice table...you can get several pieces of inexpensive, "lock together" flooring from Loews or Home Depot. whatever you decide to do the best of luck! I cannot wait to try this! Your so welcome! I also use pins. I want to try it. thanks so much!! I can no longer afford to send my quilts out to a longarmer so I am learning to FMQ. However, a spray adhesive bottle can be pretty expensive. I really struggle with the glue bottle!! Elmer's spray glue has a variety of uses including craft and building projects. Step 3: Take your backing and spread it over the now-tacky batting. I am going to try this on one of my quilts. I tried this yesterday on the corner squares, WOW, how simple and easy. To get started, you will need to lay your backing right side down on a smooth surface. I have been doing this for years, and just have a couple of comments. 1. Mix the glue 3 parts water:1 at glue, in a spray bottle. My main problem in quilting is the successful sandwich process. You can get the rubbing alcohol at 99 cent only stores for .79 cents so it really is reasonable. Be sure to dry the glue with a non-steam iron. Right now, I use the flour and alcohol spray glue 80 % of the time and the Elmer's or 505 the other 20 %. Thank You!! Learn how to use spray starch instead of hairspray or glue to baste your quilt. I thought we were using Elmer's glue to baste? 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. [divider]Quilt Basting Sprays and Alternatives. - Remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature. Good Morning Janet,I have also mentioned above a recipe for homemade glue that I use almost all the time now. I'm going to try both methods. Thanks for the ratio on the glue to water. I tried this method (the elmers glue) and I got lots of hard spots where the glue dried, then when machine quilting my thread would break after going through the glue. You might want to try it.Thanks for stopping by. Just an idea for those who are worried about their tables. Mrs. Beasley posted a recipe that I finally got around to trying yesterday, I modified the recipe to keep in step with my cooking style. Please ignore this. I am sorry for the confusing. So this is spot on for me. Just followed your link from the quiltingboard, great tute! Elmer's spray glue is extremely easy and inexpensive to make. My very FIRST quilt for grandson on the way. I read that if you quilt was securely basted it didn't matter where you started and ended :). I was looking for where the flour mixture was combined with Elmer's. I have used spray glue on poly many times. I may donn my mad scientist's hat and have a go at an experiment. It was a wee bit stiffer...and I would recommend that as a try. Major Brands of Quilt Basting Spray. Thanks! I'm going to try a spray method instead next. Two commissioned quilts for a dear friend for Christmas 2015. I let it all dry overnight once again and FMQed the next day. Make sure to tape the backing fabric taut to the floor (or large table). I am sure he will like it! 6. that stuff is so expansive but I like it better than starch, So I'm confused. Oops, I forgot to check the notify box so I hope I see your answer! Thank you for sharing! What is FMQ I'm just a beginner at this quilting and I started with a queen size. I am sure that this spray adhesive may be suitable for other projects, but for basting my quilt, I found it very cumbersome. I am sure this will work out great! I know you can see ripples on the batting, but once the glue and hand pressing was completed the weight and pressure flattened them right out. Saved by Nancy Rollins. Problem is that I live in Hawaii and, due to the humidity, things take very long to dry. I hate paying the price of the 505 spray and this will be a perfect alternative! I'm working on a baby quilt and sure won't spray anything toxic on it....Elmers, however...PERFECT. I'm so grateful that you posted thisd. I have also used the really cheap water soluble school glue, and it works just as well. I have never had any go off on me, but I have a tendency to wait until I have 5 quilts ready to be sandwiched and make two spray bottles full and that just about uses both bottles up. “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. the corners are slightly rounded to keep my legs from getting bruised. First of all, when basting a quilt with spray, it is best to use pre-washed 100% cotton fabrics. Both will disappear when wet or ironed. Pictures to follow. Is 505 a brand? With constant pressure I swirled the glue about 18 inches back and forth until I had about an 18 inch square swirl of glue. Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Hi Tracey! See more ideas about Spray glue, Glue, Elmer's glue. I like gluing as opposed to pinning. I just don't want a sticky mess to have to deal with. 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). I have emphysema and am unable to use the commercial spray baste b/c of the fumes....hopefully this will enable me to be able to baste w/o pins!!! I pieced the back aka Back Art, as it is more of a scrappy quilt. Wall Basting. 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. And pinning takes so long. That batting on the wall is my design wall and has nothing to do with basting a quilt. I would put glue on the folded over area and then press from the basted areas out to the edge. Maybe its the way my mini pad has formatted your photos and directions.Thanks, Susan. Spent a few hours pin basting and then quilting a bunch of puckers into my quilt. I once ruined a table basting a quilt using fusible batting (which required steam). 2. I want to update my comment after having used this method on several quilts. I've had a bottle for about 60 days with no noticed problem. When you press your seams open, the strength of your seam is only as strong as your thread. If using a plastic fold out table use a lower heat setting too.. Follow with the vodka and five drops of fragrance. How to Spray Baste Your Quilt 1. I use a teflon mat so that I can get my iron super hot without fear of scorching. I made a sample 8x8" block to try some of these and my luv was nil. Then washing and drying the quilt. The flour mixture sounds interesting and cheap, is there a shelf life or does it need to be used all at once? I am skimpy with it and try to make one can last for at least 2 if not 3 quilts. When I squeeze it onto my quilt and/or batting my poor hands can't take it. Thanks so much ! An unsolicitated and unaffiliated opinion of many different quilt battings. Line up, or nest, the next piece with your first. I am anxious to try this on next quilt! I have a piece of light weight plywood I place on the table to make it larger and more of a rectangle. Works like a dream. I use my kitchen table for... 2. This is very interesting. i think it is brilliant! 5. New Sullivans Quilt Basting Spray cans are labeled “new and improved” so your results may vary. You do this until the whole quilt top is basted and wrinkle free. If you have a nice wall space— even an outdoor wall— you can spray baste your quilt upright instead of having to get down on the floor. I arranged it so that there was batting showing underneath all around the edges. Yes, I have used both methods above on polyester batting. I wouldn’t use it on a baby quilt, though. So I asked if anyone had done a tutorial - no one had so I figured I could do this. Pour the distilled water into the spray bottle. . Wow, this seems to be quite amazing. Specific quilting and sewing glues can be purchased in local quilt stores and online. Poly is all I have and they recently have gotten in the spray glue in a local shop near here! I have tweaked a recipe from a member of the Quilting Board forum that I follow. You can find them at relatively low prices, especially if you don't mind a blemish or two. I came to this site to read about the glue basting but then read about your own concoxion and I have now used it on 3 quilts successfully. Also, thanks for the idea. you have such great ideas!!! about 3 parts glue to 1 part water. Hi ! You can baste the quilt with safety pins or with some fusible-product. Odif USA 505 Spray is a perfect adhesive for fabric, batting, or even paper. I did suggest she research using Elmer's school glue as an alternative. I tried watering down the Elmer's Washable School Glue and could not get the ratio down so it would spray out of a bottle. Hi there,I was never able to prefect the correct ratio of water to glue for a spray bottle but have been using this methiod for about 6 months and love it - I add a dollop of Elmer's glue to the the mix also3 cups of water3 to 4 tbsp regular flour1/2 tsp salt8 ounces or rubbing alcoholclean spray bottle- In a pot place 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt bring to a boil and reduce to a gentle boil.- In a gravy shaker (or a jam jar) put 1 cup of cold water and 3 tbsp of flour - shake until the flour and water are combined.- Whisk the flour mixture into the gently boiling water like you are making gravy and let it cook until the consistency of gravy/egg whites/ thin gruel.- Remove from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.- In a clean spray bottle add 8 ounces of rubbing alcohol and the cooled flour mixture, gently shake and go sandwich a quilt.Good luck and thinks for stopping by my blog :). I was lucky. This process should be called "Spray Spritzing" - you don't have to cover the entire surface and a tiny layer is all that's needed. For decades quilters only had their hands, a needle and thread as tools for putting quilts together. I thin my glue with water. This can be in liquid form or glue stick; they both work well for a variety of techniques. It worked on the sample so I started on the real deal, my quilt. I tried the Elmer's glue and water and I use a small craft brush to LIGHTLY spread the glue on my fabric. I use a piece of quarter inch plywood from lowes, sometime 2 if a large quilt. If that holds good, it would be easy to do the rest. I tried pin basting and oh my aching back, not to mention I always, without fail, would have a pucker on the back of my quilt when I had finished quilting. I just happen to do this process on the same wall. This way, the glue comes out in a more narrow stream and you can sweep your hand back and forth across the quilt and get fewer "puddles" of glue. water it down a little first. Sweet Adeline Quilts has perfected the Elmer's Washable Spray Glue in a spray bottle ratio so here you go! but there is still is the cost. This is not a debate on spray baste or spray glue. Best fo luck in all your projects! Not noted any. I use this when ironing fabrics and they can be made in any size you can get in plywood. Will this work with polyester batting too? If kids can eat this stuff at school and we all know that they do unintentionally I know it is safe for my quilts and for the environment. In the pictures, it looks like dots of Elmers, is that correct? Great tutorial! Thanks! I love your method of glue basting! I do not want anyone to damage their table so if in doubt and worried I would use an old table or a portable table you won't be concerned about. This comment has been removed by the author. I generally use spray baste. Hi Stitches Happy Thanksgiving Day! Regarding adhesion: Adhere in sections. Elmer's spray glue has a variety of uses including craft and building projects. I make a lot of large quilts, usually full to queen size, and spray basting works wonders. I am going to try the flour based spray and see how that turns out. The Elmer's Washable School glue is affordable (I even tried some Playschool washable glue I found at the 99 cent Store) I bought a gallon and a single bottle to put glue in to for around $ 17.00 - I have done 14 quilts and still have a little more than 1/3 of the gallon left. Thank You... Hi Brenda,Thanks for stopping by my blog. LOVE this idea. I will try this on some small projects first. That's just the way I do it, but I do it on my bed. Sounds great! Spray Basting, in comparison, is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient. Use your hand to straighten the quilt top. This is not a debate on spray baste or spray glue. This doesn’t need to be a complete coating-- think about making a “grid” of sprays and making sure the edges are sprayed . Best of luck on trying this method of sandwiching quilts with a future project. You can basically baste a large king-sized quilt within 10 minutes with this process! Hi I do hand quilting and often use poly batting. Hi Frances,The quilt was a very large Queen size, a Turning Twenty quilt pattern but using 30 fat quarters so almost a King size. The alcohol helps to act as a sanitizer, adds potato starch to the formula and encourages rapid evaporation when using the glue. I found this recipe at California Quilting and found that it works very well (thanks, Janet!). As I have never ventured into this area of quilting I can only guess that YES it would work, but as in all new things try something smaller and work your way up. I am getting less and less tolerant of the smell from spays. I am not sure what the difference is between 505 and any other kind of spray. Here’s how we deal. I hated taking all those pins out again as I was sewing along.
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