I swear that I’m still alive. Life is just busy with the little one right now. She’s learning to stand and making all kinds of sounds…she even has a few words at 10 months! I would say that her first official word is “kitty cat” due largely to the fact that we do have a cat, Tabitha. Even as I write this, I have to stop to rearrange our bookshelves so that she cannot pull off anything that she can destroy! I turned on the pop hits music channel because she loves to dance and it’s working to keep distracted by working on her “dance” moves. LOL.
But enough of my excuses…let’s talk about something fabric related! The topic of the day: spray basting!
My world has officially changed in the light of spray basting. I’ll just start with that. So you know right off the bat that I’m a newly converted fan.
I’ve been intrigued by the idea of spray basting for quite a while. Let’s face it, I don’t know anyone who enjoys the basting process. It’s sort of a necessary evil. And you can mess it up pretty easily…which can take a beautifully pieced top and make it less than it could be because the basting wasn’t accurate enough.
Most people baste with safety pins but I’m supremely lazy when it comes to basting and I used extra long quilting pins to baste. I used the same technique as safety pins… using them often and everywhere.
This is a shot of my little container of pins and a quilt all ready to be basted.
My pictures of quilts that are basted with these pins are too far away for you to really see what it looks like. But what I will tell you is that because the pins are open ended is that I got stuck with them ALL THE TIME. Obviously this is why people use safety pins…because they are safe. But remember…I’m lazy and pricking my fingers was always worth it for the time I save both putting in safety pins and removing them as I quilted. But it made me dread working with any quilt that was basted…the quilting gloves helped protect me! LOL.
So all that being said, I was ready to experiment with the scary thing known as spray basting. Would it work? Would it make my needle all gummy? Would I destroy a quilt top with need to be even lazier? Where would I do it? What kind of product should I use? Oh the questions!!! It was enough to prevent me from trying it for a very long time.
But it was time…so I researched online to find reviews about what to use. Overwhelmingly quilters agreed that 505 spray and temporary adhesive was a safe and effective choice.
It’s a slightly more expensive option and available I believe mainly at your local quilt store (or online). I figured I would give myself the best chance of success and suck it up and pay for the more expensive product since I didn’t have anyone I knew who had tried other ways.
And my life was changed.
The first quilt that we (because my husband helps me out with the quilts on this part) spray basted with this baby quilt.
I foolishly forgot to take pictures for you all when we were doing it, but I did remember the next time. Albeit it was for a much smaller quilt, my doll quilt.
So we pick a nice large flat vertical surface and for ventilation purposes we chose to go outside. Using blue painters tape, we smoothly taped the quilt back to the side of the truck with the right side of the fabric next to the truck. Manufacturer’s instructions I believe say to spray only the batting, but we occasionally cheat here and spray the back directly. Then we smooth the batting over the back starting from the center and working our way out.
You can see why you need two people for a larger piece of batting. But this process is so forgiving. Don’t like where the batting is? Just pull it back and put it where you want it. No loss of adhesion or destruction of the batting. Easy peasy. Smooth away!
Then spray the batting side that is now facing you. You don’t need to douse it!! A little goes a long way which is nice. But spray in nice even strokes and completely cover the batting…especially the edges so that the top layer can be placed firmly in place.
Then, the final and very satisfying part of laying your beautiful quilt top on as the last layer. Line up what you need to just like regular basting and again start in the middle and smooth your way out.
All done! You now a quilt that is basted and ready to be finished.
The largest quilt that I’ve used this method on is the baby quilt see above which is approximately 45″ x 60″. Also, of interest to note, I let this quilt sit for few months in the spray basted form all rolled up. It was waiting for me to get to it. LOL. When I was ready to quilt it, I simply unrolled it and had some very minimal straightening or smoothing of the layers. The adhesive was still active and making adjustments was just as easy as when it was first applied! That’s months later people!
Since then I haven’t looked back! I will never baste with pins again if I can help it. Because let me tell you that it is soooo much easier to quilt a piece that has no pins in it. And I found that there was no shifting of the fabrics. Overall, very successful.
I have yet to try a full bed sized quilt yet, but I don’t anticipate any troubles and I have a bottle of cheaper spray adhesive that I would like to try as well. I can give small projects a quick spray in my sewing room like my mug rug or mini quilts. Yay!!
So have you spray basted? any tips? still afraid to try it? Tell me your thoughts! I’m a strong convert and have had no problems with the process at all…but perhaps you have a warning tale for the rest of us. Share!