I’m putting this up because I will be teaching a class soon in which students will be doing some spray basting before class, and I’m hoping to make it easier for those who have never tried it.
The quilt shown here is about 40″ x 40″, an easy size to spray baste. I have a variation for spray basting larger quilts, but I won’t cover that here.
Start by taping the quilt back to the floor, right side down. Pull enough to get rid of wrinkles, but do not stretch the fabric.
Next, sweep the porch 😉 If all you have is a deck, that will do, but sometimes the spaces between the boards are a bother.Lay a large clean piece of discarded fabric on the porch floor. This is a sheet from a long-ago pre-teen room.
Lay the batting on the clean cloth and spray baste it evenly according to the directions on your can. It’s best to do this outdoors to avoid inhaling the spray.
The batting here is Quilter’s Dream Green. It’s made out of recycled plastic bottles. It works great, and as you will see it doesn’t look green even through this cream colored backing.
I generally use either 505 or Sullivan’s basting spray. The only one I avoid is the one that breaks down with heat. I follow Michele Scott’s method of ironing each section of the quilt just before I quilt it, and that obviously won’t work if ironing destroys my spray basting!
Lift the batting carefully and transfer it to the backing, sticky side down. Usually I center the backing on the batting, but this quilt is an exception because the design on the front is meant to kind of “wrap around” to the backing. Keep reading and you’ll see it.
Next, put the quilt top on the clean cloth right side down. Spray it with basting spray.
Transfer the quilt top to the batting, sticky side down. I do this by grasping the top on opposite sides, about at the midpoint, and letting it fold in half (non-sticky sides together) as I lift it. Then I place the first half on the batting and gently fold out the second half to cover the batting.
Smooth it all out and you’re done! Remove the tape, quilt and bind. Here are the front and back:
Questions? Better ideas? I’m all ears 😀