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To spray or not to spray?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

I have a couple of big quilts to baste and because this is a job I REALLY hate, it just isn’t happening. I’ve read in a few places about spray basting – which seems like it could potentially be a dream of a solution. Have any of you tried it? If so, which product did you use?

My biggest worry about going down this path would be that there might be a fair bit of puckering on the quilt back – is that a problem? And if so, what’s the solution?

I’d love to hear from any of you experienced quilting ladies out there!

Otherwise it’s back to the needle and thread and sore knees and back for me!!


10 Responses to “To spray or not to spray?”

  1. Annabella Says:

    We are clearly the only people on this planet who don`t spray baste…so no advice here. I use the cutved pins and it`s much quicker than the needle and thread.

  2. Flying Blind Says:

    Odif 505 – it’d the only way!

  3. Nicole Says:

    I love spray baste. I have not used it on a big project, but always do with the smaller ones. I spray the wrong side of the backing, lay on the batting, turn things over to smooth out any puckers. Then spray the batting and lay on the wrong side of the quilt top to make your quilt sandwich. Keep turning the piece and smoothing the puckers out. The nice thing is, the adhesive is sticky but not permanent, so you can pull up your fabrics and reposition them. Also, your sewing needle does not seem to pick up much of the adhesive residue. I may change it out a little sooner than I normally would, but it doesn’t get gunky. What brand? Well, I tried Sulky, but it comes in a little bitty can and is pretty pricey. When I ran out I picked up a much less expensive no name brand and it was fine. Just make sure the can says it is for spray basting fabric. I will see if I can take some pictures and do a blog post. Good subject!

  4. Vreni Says:

    I think baste spraying works best on smaller quilts. I would not try to do it on a large quilt. Also, make sure you do it outside with everything in a 2 m radius covered. Otherwise you have a right mess (I’m talking from experiences.

  5. diane stanley Says:

    I love 505 Spray baste. It is the only way for me. I have absolutely no luck with pins. I have not had a pucker with 505 and I just used it to baste an 80″x80″ quilt. It’s not cheap. I just ordered some from here and it was on sale.

  6. Lush Says:

    I have used it on small projects like wall hangings etc & I used it on a cot quilt but nothing large. I generally save my tops & pin 2 or 3 at a time at quilt group.
    Hoping I can do that here in London???
    If they are too big or I don’t feel confident about the quilting (often) I send them off to a longarm quilter. I am really trying to learn more machine quilting cause I can’t afford to keep sending them out.
    Good luck if you go ahead, keep us in the loop please.

  7. Katy Says:

    I just spray basted my first biggy, and the only thing I’d say it don’t skimp on it. I wasn’t trying to, but I think I didn’t put quite enough near the bottom. No puckers, but I think that may have been good luck rather than good management lol

  8. Danny Says:

    I spray baste everything. It’s not worth it for me to not. I usually put in a few pins here and there just in case, but I always spray.

  9. Gael Tino Says:

    I spray basted with “Sullivans” in the pink can for 12 years. All sizes up to king… Depending on the size I use banquet tables. I tape down the backing, lay the batting on it. Fold back half of the batt, spray, smooth out, repeat the other half. Lay the quilt top on it, and do like I did for the batting… Fini!
    I would never made as many quilts as I have if not for spray baste, I’m no pin baster…
    The speed that u can spray baste is amazing compared to pinning, and way eaiser šŸ™‚
    I’ve left a sprayed quilt for about a month unquilted, and its still sticking when i get to it..
    Have fun!
    Gael in Calif

  10. Sheila Says:

    I’ve never spray-basted because I don’t have the outdoor space to do so. I almost always use fusible batting by Hobbs and I love it; the same result with a fraction of the work. And when I just looked at the cost of a can of spray, I think it’s cheaper in the long run as well.