Wednesday, March 21, 2012

To spray or not to spray that is the question?

Today I did it again (this time with better results) I tried spray basting.  I read a blog post/ {not a tutorial} over at amylouwho about spray basting.  It made me decide to give it a try.  I went big and basted this baby quilt to the right (I'll talk more about that in a sec) My autism quilt, my may for me bingo card (see the link on side bar for more info for that), and 2 more of my fugly runners.  So a total of 5 items.  This time I took help with me, I dragged Tanya my pregnant wife out into the yard on our picnic table and we were able to do this.  I think its WAY!!!!!!!!! easier then what I was doing.  This time when I was done I went shopping and gave them time to dry a tad so they were not sticking to every thing.  I have to say I was able to quilt this baby quilt and the bingo card with Zero trouble (OK I lied the bobbin case that is messed up ate my thread and caused me to put a couple new shinny holes in it (good thing its plastic) I sanded out the rough spot, giggled a little and kept sewing. I can't wait tell the new bobbin cases show up so I don't have to keep fighting this any more.

Before any one gets too excited about this baby quilt I made, Walmart did all the hard work.  This was literally the first thing I ever bought.  I figured I could hand tie the quilt and I would be able to have a quilt made around Christmas time.  Long story short it took me 2 months to get my quilting frames (I got my mother in laws shipped up to me from southern Utah 300 miles south of me in Kanab).  It has a funny story though, we bought this off of a bolt in Walmart and the guy at the table cutting was while not so sewing smart.  The top was suppose to be 1 yard.  Some fool had cut the previous top off about 5 inches from the end and the guy measured his one yard and was about to whack my baby quilt 5 inches from the side.  we tried to show him that its a quilt top and he needed to cut it farther.  He charged me for 1 1/4 yards because I wanted more lol I just wanted my full top.

So I have a question, Do you spay baste or do you pin baste?  And why.  The {not a tutorial} was great and if you don't spray baste I suggest you to read it and then come back here and give me your thoughts (oh ya comment on hers too we all love comments) .  I am not sold one way or another, but I want to be and I need some good reasons to do it one way or the other so please give me your 2 cents on the matter.

11 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It depends on the piece, but I hand baste, pin baste, and spray baste. When spraying, read the product directions is all I can say. I use it very litely, let tacky dry and then the layering. And always wash that quilt afterwards. I always hand baste large quilts (queen/king). Most often pin baste - especially baby quilts, runners, wallhangings, small items. Anything free motion quilted is pin basted.

Teresa in Music City said...

Richard I always spray & pin baste - both. First I lay out the layers and spray them securely then pin them, although not as closely as I would if there were no spray basting there. That baby never moves or shifts when I'm quilting! I wouldn't do it any other way, especially for the big quilts!

Sue Daurio said...

When I am quilting on my DSM, I spray baste everything. I just never really got the pinning right and always ended up with puckers on the back no matter how closely I pinned. The spray basting seems to hold everything together so nicely and I don't have to worry about checking the back to make sure it's smooth every few inches. I use a tube from a roll of batting to roll my quilt top/bottom on nice and flat and then roll off a section at a time when spray basting. That just makes it so much faster.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

'Cheater' panels make some of the best baby quilts. They stand up to the washing much better than many pieced tops. Glad the spray basting worked better this time. The one time I did it, I did it on our patio table. I would think it helps to have 'help' when doing it. I sure could've use an extra pair of hands.

Cindy said...

I do both. On larger pieces I've sprayed and then pinned. On smaller pieces I'll generally spray and maybe throw in a pin here and there.

Needled Mom said...

I spray baste the small ones and pin the big ones.

Carla said...

Spray........every time. I may throw in a pin or two if it is really big, but not usually. Blessings on that baby : )

Cherie said...

I use pins. Can't really be bothered with ordering the spray online as I don't have a proper local quilt shop nearby...Sometimes the pins annoy me so I take them out long before I need to, and just wing it which often works well. =D

Julie Fukuda said...

I hand baste every piece. I hate to get tangled in pins. One blogger friend does back basting and it looks interesting but requires a machine. At the last quilt show I picked up "Mary's Basting Glue" from Mary Ceasar who is a Hawaiian quilt expert. That glue only neesd a tiny pin-head size touch and washes out with a que-tip in water. Spray is sticky and hard to control in my house. I don't like the stuff they make for paper either.

Ella said...

I pin baste. I barely have enough space to do that, and I definitely don't have enough space (and air circulation) to spray it out.

desertskyquilts said...

How about I don't baste? LOL If I'm going to quilt, it's going to be on a longarm, or at least a mid-arm, and no basting.

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