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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Basting Mistake

I thought I would try something new.  I had been reading about how people used Elmer's washable glue to baste their quilts.  I thought I would give it a try.  The tutorial I saw, said she did the back, let it dry then did the front.  I was in a hurry, so I did the back with the washable glue, but did not wait for it to dry.  It went on easily and quickly.  I ran out of glue so I found some Krylon spray glue (acid free) under my bathroom sink and had read that can also be used, so I used it for the top.  I had some concerns about the fumes and my asthma, but did not have a problem with it.  Can I say I loved it?  It was so easy to apply.
This is where my mistake comes in, since I had not allowed the glue to dry on the backing, when I smoothed the top and crawled across it, I wrinkled the back, and had not realized how bad it was until I AFTER I quilted 18 flowers!  The backing had dried and could not be moved, whereas the front with the spray is moveable.  I had to soak the quilt in the bathtub to loosen the glue on the back and then I let it dry on the clothesline.  The good news is that the top did not move, only the backing!  But it has taken me two days to unpick those flowers!
Lesson learned, patience will save you time, do not cut any corners!

In my house, I have to wait for the kittens and cats to take their naps before I can baste my quilts!

 The backing is a pink gingham sheet.
Now it is time to rebaste the back!

What is your favorite way to baste a quilt?



Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Oh no! Well, lessons learned.

Quilter Kathy said...

I say...blame the kitty cats for the wrinkles! LOL

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am so glad you were able to fix it! =)

Frances said...

Cute cats. Worth the effort in sorting out the basting.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I pin baste anything bigger than a baby quilt. I tried to spray baste my little wall hanging and it worked alright. I was told by the LQS owner that if I did a large quilt I had to get it quilted in just a few days because it kind of wears off.

Little Penpen said...

bummer!!! I'm a pin baster. I prefer needle and thread but it takes tooooo long!

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