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505 Spray Baste 505 Spray Baste

The first time I heard of 505 adhesive spray for basting quilts I was horrified - "Glue my quilts together?? I don't think so!" However, as I kept hearing from increasingly respected sources that this was the only way to baste a quilt (well, not the only way, obviously, but the preferred way) I finally gave in and tried it. I have spray basted every quilt I've made since.

Spray basting is pretty quick and not too difficult and it will hold the work beautifully flat and minimize the bunching or creeping that is the bane of quilting.


Buy a large can - this should cost around £10.00 at the time of writing this post. (Aug 16) Aerosols are not post friendly so it is always worth picking up 505 at a show.  

Stick to the 505 brand - I've used others and had terrible trouble with thread breaking as they are just too tacky.

Here's how to spray baste your quilt

This isn't the only way of layering a quilt but it's how I do mine.

You may want to put some newspaper or other protection down before using spray baste, unless you have a floor and table that can be wiped down.

Lay the wadding on a clean, flat and smooth surface. If you have a suitable table, fantastic. If your wadding has a right side put this face down. Place your ironed backing face up on top of the wadding. Fold half of the fabric back and lightly spray the wadding with 505. Don't go too close to the edges, you don't want excess sticky wadding around when you're trying to quilt. Smooth the backing down lightly over the sprayed wadding. As if you are smoothing the sheets on a bed! If your project is large start near the centre and work down in easy to handle portions. When you have completed one half turn the quilt around and repeat with the other half.

Gently turn the backing and wadding over.

Lay your beautifully ironed quilt top, right side up, on the wadding and spray baste as for the backing.

When you have spray basted the quilt top pin round the edges using curved safety pins.

I like to use free motion quilting on most of my projects but often I will stitch in the ditch around the main blocks first. The combination of this with the 505 holds the layers in place and gives you free rein for the quilting.

Have fun!

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