Erin's Basting Tip for Quilts - Guest Post!


This post is brought to you by the adorable Erin from Miss Crayola Creepy. Giant thanks to the sweet Erin for filling in while I'm away! Lots of love Erin! Okay, take it away...
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Hello everyone! My name is Erin and I blog over at Miss Crayola Creepy. When I'm at my machine I primarily sew garments, however most people don't know that I learned to sew by making quilts. For a little over a year I took a quilting class, made a few quilts, and learned a lot along the way. I thought that since Christine also quilts (have you seen her beautiful gift for her boyfriend?!?!) it would be appropriate to share some of the tricks I learned in my class.


After you have completed a quilt top and a quilt back it is time to combine the two. Batting goes between the top and back pieces to add thickness and forms a "quilt sandwich." It's important to baste the three layers together before starting the actual quilting process. There are different ways of doing this, some people baste by hand using thread, however, I use a spray adhesive that works like a glue, but washes out. When the three pieces are stuck together it makes it easier to go through the machine and you don't have to worry about the pieces sliding out of alignment.


I first start by laying out the quilt back on my kitchen floor. I pull the quilt taut to remove any wrinkles and secure it to the floor using painters tape. Don't be stingy with the tape, it's important to get the fabric as smooth as possible.


Starting at the middle of the quilt back, spray the adhesive to the right making sure to lightly coat the fabric. Center the batting over the entire quilt back and smooth it with your hands, working from the center out to the right edges making sure to get rid of any "bubbles." Wait a bit for the glue to dry before repeating the process on the left side. Repeat for the quilt top.

Some of you are probably wondering why I don't use an adhesive spray made especially for quilts. I used to, but the bottles can get pricey. The instructor of my quilting class recommends the Elmer's brand seen above which is great because you can pick it up in many crafting stores or big chains like Wal Mart. At around $5.00 the price is pretty good too!

Do any of you use this technique for basting? If not, how do you do it?



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Thanks again Erin! I am officially a quilter now and appreciate you sharing your tips! I will give these a try!!!