Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or are brand new to the craft, there are new techniques to learn and skills to perfect. This means you will never get bored with the art of quilting, nor always be poking your fingers with sewing needles! So, let’s say you learned the basics of quilting from your grandmother, including her way of holding quilt layers together with pins and clips before quilting them together with a sewing machine. But you’ve also heard about basting spray being used to glue quilt layers together temporarily and want to give it a try.
Here’s what to know when using a basting spray on your quilt fabrics in Albuquerque, NM—the good and the bad.
- No pins, and it’s quick: Since baste spraying acts as a temporary adhesive between fabrics, there’s no need for tools to hold layers in place. In other words, you do not need to use pins, tacks or hand stitches, which require removing as you quilt the layers together. Another fantastic plus of this spray is that it’s faster and easier than pinning, tacking or hand stitching—especially once you get the hang of the process.
- Easy to handle and maintain: In the event that you need to reposition any of the quilt layers while you are quilting, repositioning it will depend on how you have fastened them together. If your quilt project is being held together with pins or is sewn down with stitches, then you’ll have to pull them all out and start over. Basting spray, on the other hand, makes it easier to reposition layers. When the quilt is finished, the glue washes out.
- Other uses: At The Quilt Works Inc., we creatively use basting spray for tasks other than quilt layer preparation. We utilize it to make sticky patches out of a page of blocks by spraying the backs of the pages, then cutting the page to create a bunch of sticky patches. These forms allow the quilter to make designs on their quilts simply from following the shapes on these sticky patches, which can be stuck down and picked up multiple times.
- Fumes: This spray is a chemical solution, so make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area—even if you think you’re not sensitive to chemicals. These fumes are not pleasant, and can smell and taste pretty gross.
- It’s sticky: Typically, the residue from the spray is sticky. Take care to avoid the spray making contact with your unprotected work surfaces, like cutting boards, ironing boards and flooring.
- Lack of holding power: Some quilting projects take a couple weeks, while others can take years. Because of this and the fact that some basting sprays may not hold long, consider hand stitching or pinning quilt layers instead.
If you have any questions about using the baste spray method on your quilt fabrics in Albuquerque, NM, don’t hesitate to talk to the experts at The Quilt Works Inc. Besides good quilting advice, we also offer in our shop all sorts of quilting materials, supplies and scheduled classes. Contact our knowledgeable team today!