How to Spray Baste a Quilt

How to Spray Baste a Quilt

I flip flop between spray basting and pin basting, but lately I’ve been reaching for a can of spray more often than not!  

Below is a simple how to for spray basting, including 15 headless photos of me.  😉

Spray Basting Tutorial

I’ve used multiple types of fabric adhesive and 505 is my favorite.  It’s a bit more expensive, so when I have a good coupon I get a couple of cans.  One of the smaller cans lasts me through 2, maybe 3 throw size quilts.  I’d say that the cost is the biggest downside to spray basting.

As for the fumes…the 505 doesn’t seem as bad as other brands, but it still has a strong odor.  Open windows and doors, and keep kids and crawling babies in red striped pajamas out of the room.  When I remember I’ll even wear one of my dental masks, but you probably don’t need it with good ventilation.   

Spray Basting Tutorial

The first step is to tape your backing to the floor so it’s taut but not stretched.  If you are working with a baby quilt, you can probably do this on a table.  Next lay your batting over the backing and smooth it out.  On one end, fold up the batting up nicely until you reach the quilt center. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

Spray the batting on the fold until it’s well covered, holding the can 8″ or so from the batting.  Fold and pull the section of batting back down onto the backing and smooth it out.  You can go back and smooth it out more later.  

Spray Basting Tutorial

Repeat with the next fold, and the next, until you have basted them all to the backing.  Basically you are just spraying and smoothing out sections.  Smooth out that side of the batting and press it down well so it sticks to the backing. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

Repeat on the other end, folding the batting up until you reach where you already basted.  

Spray Basting Tutorial

Spray Basting Tutorial

Lay your quilt top on the batting and smooth it out well.  

Spray Basting Tutorial

Neatly fold up one end as you did with the batting.  Spray the batting where you will fold down the quilt top.  Always spray the batting!  

Spray Basting Tutorial

Fold down the section of quilt top, press it down and smooth it out, and repeat.  Spray the batting and fold down the quilt in sections. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

Spray Basting Tutorial

Smooth out the quilt top and get out any wrinkles.  If you get a wrinkle you can gently pull up the quilt top and get it out. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

Repeat on the other end of the quilt top. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

When you are all done and the layers are well basted, trim the edges but leave 2-3″ (or just leave it as is).  I also like to do a quick basting stitch with my machine around the edges.  It makes it much easier to quilt the edges when you can hold onto the already sewn or pinned edges.  Sometimes I just do this on the ends as I’m quilting. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

Roll it up along the short ends and you are ready to get quilting!  

I don’t notice over spray on the floors around the quilt with the 505, partly because I spray fairly close to the quilt. If you notice it, just take a rag or a mop and go over the area with water. 

Spray Basting Tutorial

Also, how fun is this shirt from Maker Valley?!!  I ordered this last week and I’m going to keep wearing it until my family notices. 

Maker Valley Sewing T-Shirt

Here are some other Pros and Cons to spray basting: 

Pros:  Fast…this process takes me maybe 10 minutes or less.  No pinning…especially if you have pain in your hands or wrists.  I think I get better results when I spray baste and less crinkles on the back, but I also pin baste a lot and don’t have too many issues.  Works great with minky and flannel backings, although if it’s a thicker backing I will also do double duty and add some pins. 

Cons: Cost, fumes, over-spray, and even though I’ve never noticed it…you might find it gums up your needle a bit.  Crawling around on your knees….although I should add that I usually wear my husband’s ugly construction knee pads and it makes this job way easier! 

The quilt top I’m basting in the photos is made from this free pattern in the Throw size (click here). 

Got any other basting tips I missed?  I feel like there is something I missed.  Leave it in the comments below and happy basting…if there is such a thing!  😉

 

 

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Finished Jelly Roll Stash Buster Quilt

Easy Jelly Roll Quilt with Free Tutorial

Whoa that’s a long post title!   I’m so happy to finish this one up just in time for Spring!  We’ve had a doozy of a winter here in Seattle.  So. Much. Rain.  

This quilt is a free tutorial you can find here from a couple of months ago (click here). 

Easy Jelly Roll Quilt with Free Tutorial

Oh boy this quilting design is definitely not my thing.  Actually it wasn’t that hard…but it’s the BIG loops that are hard.  Small ones I can make look pretty good…big ones are a challenge because you have to move the quilt so much more.  

I’m only sharing these photos to make you feel better about your own quilting LOL.  

Easy Jelly Roll Quilt with Free Tutorial

Luckily my girls don’t care if the loops are good…and *most* of the big mistakes look better now that it’s washed.  

I used a leftover flannel flat sheet from a set I bought this winter.  Flat sheets end up in a wad at the bottom of the beds each night…so I gave up on them!  I used 505 basting spray to help hold it in place and no pins…and it worked really well at holding the flannel and I had no creases or folds in the back. 

Easy Jelly Roll Quilt with Free Tutorial

She grabbed it right as I snapped the picture…she’s my best “helper”!   

Free Jelly Roll Quilt Tutorial

Free Jelly Roll Quilt Tutorial

 I didn’t get a great full shot of the quilt finished, but you can find one on the tutorial here.  I did a scrappy binding with my leftover blue strips from the top…I love scrappy bindings!  

Have a great week!

 

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Random Friday Tidbits

We made it to the weekend!  I did a little of this and that this week and tried to finish up some quilt tops hiding away in my closet. 

Free motion quilting

In my post a couple of weeks ago I added a link to Lori’s blog…and then I noticed she had a book out!  I’ve been feeling stuck-in-a-rut with my quilting, so it was perfect timing.  So this week I’ve been trying some new designs.  Nothing too crazy, but still a little out of my box (so anything other than loopty loops!).  

Free motion quilting

You can always tell which end I start on because the quilting goes from pretty horrible to pretty good by the end!  If you need some new quilting inspiration I highly recommend this book.

I bought a great stack of fabrics from ilovefabric.com this week.  They have an amazing sale section!  Most of these were on sale…I have no plans for the globes but I couldn’t resist. 

I’m teaching on a quilting cruise next year!  Come cruise with me!  I was supposed to go last year…and then it was changed and rescheduled, and I got pregnant.  Whoops.  Anyways…come cruise with me!   Info is here. I promise I won’t get pregnant again and have to cancel.  😉 

Blues fabric stack

I started cutting a new project last night.  I love starting new projects!

This girl is 10 months old.  Where is the PAUSE button?!

I’ve had quite a few emails asking for a picture of the finished Star Wars quilt I made my son for Christmas (details in this post).  This is about as good as it gets until it’s not raining buckets outside everyday.  It’s super simple…just 8 1/2″ plain blocks and four patch blocks with four – 4 1/2″ cut squares.  Make 44 four patch blocks and cut 44 plain blocks and lay it out into 11 rows of 8 blocks each for a quilt of 64″ x 88″.  I didn’t figure out fabric requirements but my guesstimate is about 11 half yards would be enough.  Super easy! 

Star Wars Quilt

Have a great weekend! 

 

 

 

 

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