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grandmaquilter Posted: Fri, Nov 2 2012 1:20 PM

I hand quilt the full size bed quilts that I make for my grandchildren when they graduate from high school.  When getting ready to begin quilting the 5th one, I decided that I would try basting spray instead of hand basting with thread, which is what I have always done before.  My attempt was less that successful.  The top looks smooth, but when I turned over to the back, it is not.  My question for those who have used basting spray is:  Do you spray the whole quilt, or just certain places, like when thread basting?  I am thinking that may be where I went astray.  If you do the whole thing, any tips you can give me would be much appreciated.  I have already decided that if I use basting spray again for a large quilt, I will wear disposable gloves, since I had to use a pot scraper to get my hands clean last time.  Grandmaquilter

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Barbara replied on Fri, Nov 2 2012 2:40 PM

I use it on both sides ,the whole quilt . BUt I will go ahead and  pin it places .to keep it from shifting . I do pin all the edges and some of the high points I want to make sure don't move on me.  I don't have to add alot but just enough to keep edges in tack . 

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I also use spray but still still a few pins in and around on the quilt.

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Before I spray the backing I still clamp the backing to the table or tape it to the floor.  I find that helps keep things smooth.  Then I spray the backing---place the batting on--and spray the back of the top.

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I pretty much do it Marlene's way, but I only spray about a third down, lay the batting on, spray another third, etc. Then do the top the same way.  It just makes it easier to handle for me.  I also use a few pins especially on the edges. 

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Vivian replied on Sat, Nov 3 2012 10:07 PM

It really takes at least two people to baste a quilt, more if it is a big one.  Lay down the backing, put the batt on top and put the top on next.  Fold the top back half and spray.  fold the top back in place and smooth flat.  you may have to slide your hand inbetween the top and the batt to remove wrinkles.  Fold the last half back on itself spray and repeat.   when its smooth, flip the entire quilt and do the same for the backing.  When the backing is smooth, flip it back and check the front again.

If you have one person on each side they can hold the fabric taunt and eleminate most of the wrinkeling.  When I sprayed my king size quilt , we had four ladies, one on each side at the center fold and one at each side at the top.  when you have some practice it goes very well.

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If you google "spray basting a quilt" you will see some youtube videos with various ways of using spray basting. I find that it helps to see someone do something. I always use basting spray to baste.

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I also tape my back down to a hard surface, makeing sure it is smooth then spray with basting spray and layer doing the same

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