Saturday, September 24, 2011

Basting Quilts with 505 Spray Baste

I ordered a can of 505 Spray baste after seeing a post on SewCalGal's blog about machine quilter Patsy Thompson .  Patsy has a lot of free videos and downloads about machine quilting on her web site plus patterns and DVDs for sale.  In one of the videos she showed how she bastes her quilts with 505 Spray Baste on a vertical surface. She made it look so easy that I went right to Create for Less and ordered a can.  It came by FedEx yesterday, so today I watched Patsy's video again and tried my hand at her method for spray basting this afternoon.



I'm basting on my design wall, and just as Patsy did in her video I pinned newspapers on the wall to catch the overspray around the edges of the quilts. I also put a bed sheet down on the floor to protect the carpet.  Then I pinned my backing on the wall with the wrong side out just as you would when making a quilt sandwich.  In this photo you can see the backing with the batting already spray basted to it.

I basted several quilts this afternoon.  I started with a couple of small ones. 
This one is a table topper from a block of the month series I did a few years ago.  This was one of the spring months but not sure which one.

Next I basted another table topper from this series.  The batting in these two is like a thick piece of flannel. 

Then I basted my Peppermint Twist quilt from the Jo Morton book Remembrances.  I used an 80/20 batting in this one.

Next I did the Christmas Presents wall hanging that I made from a Flurry charm pack.  You can see my directions for this wall hanging here

I basted one more after this but forgot to take a photo.  Tomorrow I plan to start with one of the table toppers and do some machine quilting to see how the spray baste holds while moving the quilt around under the machine.  I found my sewing machine manual and know how to adjust the presser foot pressure in case there is too much drag on the quilt. 

So far I'm impressed with the baste spray but I'll know more after I quilt some tomorrow.  Until then.....

Thanks for visiting! 

24 comments:

  1. I'll be anxious to see what you think. I'm working on a project right now that recommends it. You sure got a lot basted: I'll be pinning all day tomorrow.

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  2. It looks as if Patsy's method of basting works well going by how many quilts you managed to baste :) I would like to try that method but I don't really have a large piece of wall space available.

    I've also tried the 505 Spray Baste and found it works well, although I like anything which makes basting faster and easier, it's one of those jobs I don't like.

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  3. Looks like a great product. Like Sunny said it would take forever to pin all those.

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  4. I, too, am curious to see how the quilting goes on these spray-basted quilts. It is an intriguing idea. Basting isn't my favorite thing to do. This might be right up my alley.

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  5. The basting spray looks like it will do a good job, I hope it all goes smoothly for you tomorrow when you start to quilt, Your peppermint twist quilt is absolutely beautiful.

    I'm sorry to tell you I still haven't received my parcel from you. Did you use the global priority envelope? I hope it may arrive this week.

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  6. Beautiful queue of quilts for quilting you have there. Can't wait to hear how the spray basting works and see how you choose to quilt them.

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  7. You have had a very busy day !

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  8. Love the parade of quilts! You got so many basted so quickly. I would also be interested in hearing the results when you get them quilted. This spray would be such a quick and easy solution for a normally time consuming step.

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  9. That is a lot of finished quilts! Looms like you are going to be machine quilting for a long time.

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  10. Thanks for joining my blog LuAnn....i am always reading your blogs and i am learning so much from them...you make the most amazing creations....greetings Francien.

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  11. Wow! Lots of lovely quilts!
    I took a class with Patsy and she was wonderful. I have a couple of her DVDs and they are well worth the price.
    I've used the spray baste, but I don't really like the fact that I'm putting a chemical on my quilt. It was pretty easy to use (more so with a small quilt) and was fine during quilting.

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  12. You sure are a busy woman. Isn't it good to get things accomplished.

    Love your quilts.

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  13. You are going to be busy! Your table will just be a rotating quilt show with all those cute table toppers. I have used 505 frequently and it workes quite well. I sometimes would just wipe my sewing machine needle as I quilted with a little alcohol on a cotton ball as little fuzzies would tend to cling to it.
    Happy Quilting LuAnn

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  14. You are sure showing some great completions here, LuAnn! Did you baste all of these with just one can? I hope the quilting goes as quickly and smoothly, lol!
    :-}pokey

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  15. Hi LuAnn,
    I used a sticky spray to baste before but the stickiness never lasted very long. Is yours a long time lasting spray? If now you have a lot of quilting to do soon. I like all the tops you are showing.
    KATRIN W.

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  16. This is some spray adhesive? very good.
    I like the daffodils quilting. wonderful.

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  17. I've found that 505 spray works very well. It keeps the quilt sandwich well basted and has not gummed up my machine any.

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  18. Wonderful quilts! They deserve to get finished! I hope the spraybaste does not make quilting more difficult.
    Jane

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  19. You know LuAnn I have used it and a cheaper version for small non heirloom type projects but I really am concerned about the long term effects...bugs, rotting etc.

    We know what cotton fabric, thread and batting does over years and I think I prefer basting...

    However, if washed it probably does come out and I will use it again I am sure!!

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  20. I know what you'll be doing in the near future! It must feel great to have all of those quilts basted. I can't wait to see your Peppermint Twist quilt. Hope you will bring it to Shipshe. Nice work on the afghan, too.

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  21. I'll try next time, thanks for showing it ...

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  22. I'll be interested to see how the quilting part goes, it looks like you had quite a basting party.

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  23. WOW - that is a lot of beautiful projects getting basted!
    Especially the Peppermint Twist quilt brings back good memories from Shipshewana :-)

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  24. These quilts are wonderful!!!

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