Spray Basting

by Kelsey Norwood

in Quilting

**Click here for a favorite quilt basting method update**

I decided to try machine quilting my Citron Gray quilt – so far I have quilted inside each of the wonky pieces just following the seam lines, and I love how it turned out. I used a walking foot and it wasn’t too difficult or awkward to handle.

For the other half, the solid gray triangles, I’m going to do either circles or stipple or maybe a tulip stipple design. I purchased some quilting stencils just yesterday on Amazon and am waiting quite impatiently for them to arrive. I hope they’re going to solve all my free motion quilting problems like I think they will…I’m just too darn uptight to try to just wing a free motion quilting design, at least on this quilt. I want it to be perfect. So hopefully the stencils will prove fabulous.

Want to know something that has already proven fabulous?

Spray basting.

So easy, no blood, just a little stinky. And that’s only because I used the Krylon Easy Tack repositionable adhesive spray instead of the official fabric basting spray (JT 505 is what has been recommended to me). It’s what I had…and it’s way cheaper.

I taped the backing to my tile floor, sprayed, laid the batting over the top, sprayed that, and laid the quilt top down. Voila. Basted. Whabam.

It would have been much easier with help though…positioning the layers is definitely a two person job.

It looks a little wrinkly. It is, but that’s probably because I didn’t get all the wrinkles out when I laid it down. Like I said…two person job.

I don’t know that I’ll ever pin baste again.

What’s your preferred basting method???


1 Suzan September 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

If I am quilting on my domestic machine, I always spray baste. The whole pinning, moving pins thing is just too much trouble and takes too much time. I do my spray basting on the top of a cheapo fold up banquet table. I use a couple of old flat sheets to protect the table and the floor. Works like a dream! I know that if I could hang to spray baste it would be even easier but I don’t have a place to do that. If I had a garage I know I would do that instead.

2 Felicity @ Our Little Beehive September 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

That sounds like the perfect solution!

3 Kathy September 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I am so glad you posted your success with spray basting vs pinning. I’m definitely going to try that when I get around to finishing my quilt (someday, right?)

4 Christa September 23, 2011 at 3:48 am

It’s always spray basting for me! I wouldn’t be quilting without it. :) I use the kind I can get at my local craft store – June Tailor. The only trouble I have with it is when I try free motion quilting. My stitches won’t form. Maybe I spray it too heavily, or maybe it’s just that the brand is made cheaper. At any rate, I’ll be curious to see how your free motion quilting experiment turns out with it.

Thanks for the tip about the quilting stencils. I never thought of that. I’m not a random person, either, so I may just give that a try, too.

5 Tiffany Pleasant December 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

I always spray baste. I have found that if you get wrinkles in your fabric just run an iron over it with the steam turned on. It loosens the adhesive just enough to be able to pull the wrinkles out!!

6 Kelsey Norwood December 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Great idea, I have a quilt I need to try that on. Thanks!

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