With great attention to fabric selection, colour choices, points being sharp, seams meeting and sundry other things required for piecing together a quilt top, you are now ready to baste the quilt backing, batting and quilt top together. How to do this??
Traditionally, the three layers were sewn together with large running stitches. Now most people would probably pin the three layers together with safety pins. However, in my humble opinion, the best method is to stick the three layers together with a spray adhesive. This method is fast, efficient and, most importantly, will prevent your layers from moving during quilting. You will not, therefore, end up with any puckering of your backing fabric.
Let's talk about what we need. Most obviously is the spray adhesive. After trying many products I have settled on 505 Spray Adhesive.
It is temporary, repositionable, odorless, colourless, has no mist, and does not gum sewing machine needles. It is acid free and has no CFC's. Other varieties just haven't cut the mustard when it comes to stickability. With 505 you will not need to use safety pins at all (unless you feel more comfortable doing so - however, I baste queen size quilts this way and never pin). It will wash out of quilt.
My batting of choice is Hobbs Polydown100% polyester batting. I know people feel strongly about their choice of batting but I love this product for its ease of use, its lightness, its beautiful loft that gives my quilts the feel of an old english comforter, its washability. It won't shrink, or beard, or migrate. Beautiful.
A big thank you to my Friend Sonya from Sago on Tuesdays who first taught me this method. I have modified it a little to better suit me but it was Sonya who introduced me to this method. I never baste any other way now.
Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....
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Thanks Pamela. I hope it comes in handy for you some time. Cheers, Karen.
thank you , I had no idea ...
Great, easy way to get great quilting results!! Cheers, Karen.