Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spray Basting Wall - How I did it

I wanted to document how I spray baste my quilts.  Before I go too far, I'll let you know that I've not made a full bed size quilt - yet, so mine are limited to space I have but I hope to remedy that sometime in the future.  For now, this is what I work with.

I have a ladder that I prop one end of my baster and the right side is held up with a nail.  Idealy they should be more even than I have them - it would help in lining things up.  This is just a sheet pinned to a 1x2 board that is about 6 foot long.
I rolled out the sheet and let it hang.  Then I used a few pieces of painters tape to hold the sides the sheets to the wall. to smooth out the draping folds you see here.

Next I pinned the backing material to the white 'basting wall'  I secured the edges with pins.   Don't look now, but I could have done a better job lining it up on top, but it's pretty close to straight with the top of the wall.  I then start spraying the backing with the spray basting.  I angle the can towards the center when spraying the edges to reduce over-spray.
Starting at the top, I start laying on my batting - smoothing it as I go.  You can re-position it if necessary, and this step is easier with 2 people. One smoothing the batting down from the top and the other holding the batting out on the bottom.
I didn't get a picture of the next step that I did, but you see the top folded in half and centered it on the batting with pins.  I then spray basted the top half only.  In the picture, you can see that I've then taken the top and started laying it onto the batting.  I then sprayed the bottom half and smooth it down.
This picture shows the whole quilt spray basted into the quilt sandwich.  I will add a few pins here and there, but I'm confident in the spray basting - so won't add a lot.  This will go on my Q-snap frame as I start hand quilting it.  So far this top measures 82 X 54 and is the larges one I've put together this way.

btw - I haven't done an extensive amount of quilting but I've tried a few different types of basting sprays.  The one I am hands down in favor of is the Sullivans Quilt Basting Spray.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Mudpotter. Thanks for stopping into Farm Girl's World. The pattern is called Island Chain by Kim Brackett. Thankfully, she was very patient at the workshop and helped us get our quilts laid out right. Boy, did my brain and eyes get a workout.