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gini replied on Wed, Nov 3 2010 7:37 PM

wbrownsf,  welcome.    it would hold well enough to hand quilt, but i don't think i would want to hand quilt through it     gini

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gini replied on Wed, Nov 3 2010 7:39 PM

wbrownsf, hi and welcome.   i think the spray will hold well enough to hand quilt, but i wouldn't want to hand quilt through it     gini

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Okay, so here I was thinking I would never be able to make anything larger than a lap quilt because I don't have a room large enough for the basting process. It never occurred to me to take it up to my church. Duh!  :-)

I don't know about the spray basting though. I hand quilt. I think perhaps I'll try the iron and pin method first.

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I have never seen anyone baste a quilt, so having a visual helps.

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Iron and pin method? I haven't heard of that (or is that when you use the safety pins?) I've always thrown the quilt on the floor and then attacked it with the needle and thread. I'd love to hear about other methods of basting for hand quilters.

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wbrownsf:

Iron and pin method? I haven't heard of that (or is that when you use the safety pins?) I've always thrown the quilt on the floor and then attacked it with the needle and thread. I'd love to hear about other methods of basting for hand quilters.

I was thinking of laying it out on the tables as shown, and using safety pins to baste it. Someone mentioned earlier about ironing the fabric before basting to get everything to lay flat.

For my first project, I did throw it on the floor and conquered it with needle and basting thread, but I almost didn't make it.

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Thank you so much.  I didn't even know about spray basting!!! Remember I'm a beginner here. I thought you used saftey pins.  I think I'll be looking at my floor and put the cats in another room!!  I don't need little helpers sitting on what I'm trying to baste.

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jlh replied on Thu, Nov 4 2010 2:14 PM

Althea:  i am very happy to see your demonstration. i, too, used to "waller around on the floor" and still do occasionally. mostly i use my daughters ping pong table if it is available. I either tape around the edges or use clips as you did...depends on the size of quilt i am working on. i'm sure you have helped many  more than one person. it was helpful for me just to see how someone else does the 'sandwiching". thanks for your frequent and helpful posts. judy h

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Pauline replied on Thu, Nov 4 2010 4:15 PM

I didn't know about spray basting either, I will diffently try it on my next quitl

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mamaspike replied on Thu, Nov 4 2010 10:05 PM

Althea -- your hope is achieved!  I love the 505 spray, but only used it for small projects, because I had no idea how I would handle with the large projects.  Nice job explaining and showing with the step-by-step pictures.  Thank you!

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mamaspike replied on Thu, Nov 4 2010 10:08 PM

Gini -- I have done small hand-quilting projects on items I have spray-basted.  I was told that the type of spray you use is the key (so it does not gum up).  I personally bought the 505 and it worked well.  Colleen

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gini replied on Thu, Nov 4 2010 10:45 PM

thanks for the info colleen,   i haven't wanted to try it    gini

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Peggy replied on Fri, Nov 5 2010 8:34 AM

Thanks for all the pics.  That is just what I need in a set of instructions.

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Wow! Great tutorial! Love all the pictures. I have not used spray basting yet I use safety pins since I machine quilt. I'm afraid the spray might gunk up my machine and since it's a combination machine I don't want to do that.

I just spread mine out on my cutting table and attack it with the safety pins, smoothing as I go.

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Nana replied on Fri, Nov 5 2010 8:57 AM

Amber

I have used spray basting for a long time now and have never had a problem with it gummy up the machine or needle.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  It is not a heavy adhesive but does hold the quilt sandwich extremely well.

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Nana,

I've thought about trying it on a small lap quilt first, but every time I go to buy the can I talk myself out of it. I will just bite the bullet and get some and try it out. I have a Janome Memorycraft 11000 that does embroidery and quilting besides regular sewing. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

Thanks!

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