Today I want to talk about basting a quilt. I've tried pin and spray basting. They both have positive and negative aspects to them. Pinning is a tried and true way to baste a quilt. The only negative thing is that I have to do it on the floor which is fine with me, except that I don't have floor space in my place.
In recent years, spray basting has gained more popularity among quilters. My experience with it is very limited because I have only tried it on some of my wall hanging quilts which I think it's a good size for it. When I tried it on a bigger quilt, like my sister's quilt, you can see the picture here. The quilt is 70"x80" before quilting, and it didn't work out well for me. After I spray basted the quilt using pool noodles on a table, I have to heat set the glue with a dry iron which was a challenge for me. After I repurposed a 30"x72" working table for an ironing table, I still had a hard time repositioning the fabric which shifted during the process of heat setting. I gave up, undid everything and went back to pins. Now it's ready for quilting.
Another problem I had with spray basting is that the glue came out as a blob. The picture below is my quilt 'Subtraction'.
To this day I can't get the glue stains off the back of the quilt. If anyone know how to get rid of the glue stains, please share. Thank goodness that the stains didn't show up on the top. Only I know they are there but I would love to know how to get them off the quilt. 😢
The third method of basting, that I know of, is thread baste. I've read about this sometime ago. It was the way our ancestors in quilting did it in the old days. Some still do it now. I visited a blog by Sophie at Luna Lovequilts and read her tutorials on thread basting method. You should go to her site and see her quilts. I decided to give it a try for my small quilt called 'Mini Candy Box'. Here it is, all basted and ready to be quilted.
I didn't have basting thread so I used an old cheap thread that I have before my quilting obsession days. I think any thread that can be easily broken will do. Quilting this quilt will be my Sept. OMG goal. I'll let you all know how it goes.
That's All Folks!!! See you next time.
Stay well and quilt on.......