Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Spray What?

Basting spray.

Love or loathe?

I'll leave you with that thought while I explain...

My Good Folks quilt has been waiting patiently for backing and basting for a few weeks now, while I got on with this and this (more on those soon). But not any more!

First the boring bit - I pieced the backing (more Good Folks since I couldn't find a matching solid).

Then I donned my balaclava and set to work commiting a crime. Well, almost. Some people seem to think it's a crime anyway. Let me whisper, I spray basted it.  

Yes. You heard. I won't repeat it in case I'm arrested. I will, however, tell you that it was the best thing I have ever done. In fact I'll shout it from the rooftops. You see I spray basted this smaller quilt a few months ago, but I spent a long time deciding whether I should attempt it on such a large quilt.

I followed these most excellent instructions and have no complaints whatsoever. Perfectly simple and sufficiently idiotproof for me, the most humble of beginner-basters.

Smoothing smoothing, spraying spraying, smoothing smoothing. And - ta-da - it was done!

Well actually, no, not quite, you see the only problem I ran into was running out of spray halfway through {bangs head on wall}. No biggie, except that the floor of one of the bedrooms was then out of bounds for a frustrating few days until I recieved another can through the post.

The moral of the story? Keep a spare can!

Basting done, I set about quilting in the ditch (well, mostly in the ditch) in a grid across the whole quilt - but ignored the ditches within the pieced squares. And now it looks like this:

No problems with the spray - all the layers stayed together perfectly. I know some quilters tack around the outside just for good measure, but I didn't. It's not that I'm lazy or anything, I just couldn't be bothered.....I just sprayed good and properly around the edges of the quilt top and it stayed in place like a dream.

All that remains is to do a little diagonal stitching across each block of four so that I end up with a herringbone pattern. Here's a sneak peek at what I've done so far:

Binding here we come! Yay!

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  1. Ahhh, spray scares the heck out of me. I should probably get over it and try it one of these days. Especially since I H-A-T-E pin basting!

  2. Are you kidding? I love my 505, and I'm not talkin bout Levi's! And your quilt looks soooo good!

  3. What a GORGEOUS quilt! I love, love, love it. The Garden Party you added totally fits wonderfully. And, I also spray baste. wouldn't go back. Need to keep an extra can...

  4. Just found your blog... how about that?! Your quilt is looking absolutely beautiful... my heart drops to my feet at every picture.
    (still not tried basting spray and have a quilt that has been held up for several months as I can't face basting... hmmm)

  5. Yep! Love basting spray. Makes life much easier. The quilt is really gorgeous. So rich and full of life.

  6. I've not quilted before - so I'll leave the debate up to them. I will say however that I think it looks unbelieveable - great job! Not long till you get to snuggle under it. :)

  7. love the quilt- never heard of basting spray before (maybe because i am not a quilter) but I definitely would try it out after reading your post

  8. Beautiful quilt - I really admire you quilters for how accurate your squares all match up ! I wish my lines were so beautiful and perfect!

    Basting spray sounds like a great invention!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous.
    I have tried spray basting a quilt and have been very happy with the results. I pin basted it as well just in case as I take forever to get around to quilting mine, and it has lasted really well. Sooo much easier than pin basting on the floor. I'm glad you found it worked well too.

  10. Ooh what a beautiful Good Folks quilt. I have my stash still waiting to be used, perhaps I will drag it out after seeing yours. I have never used spray baste, but love to hear how well it has worked, esp now you will keep a spare heehee!! Lovely quilting too. xo

  11. Basting spray sounds suspiciously like something I might put in my kitchen cupboard rather than the craft room....glad you've got it all worked out though because your quilt is super, super gorgeous! Well done.

  12. I will remember about spray basting..seems like a really good idea..thanks for the post about it! By the way..I love the colours and fabrics you've chosen for your's turned out beautifully.

  13. I don't see why spray basting is taboo. I'm fairly new to quitling and always have trouble keeping the bottom layer completely flat when I use safety pins for basting so I've been wondering about spray basting for a while.I may just try it next time.

  14. Absolutely beautiful quilt! I'm a huge fan of spray basting, anything that makes the job easier is alright by me...

  15. I finally tried spray basting on a pillow project. I really liked it for that but have problems with fragrances so have always been skeptical. Here's my post about it:

    Anyway, your quilt looks beautiful!

  16. What a beautiful quilt! Love the fabrics you chose!

  17. Anything to speed things up! I've never done a properly quilted quilt - did a tied one once - because I hate the thought of having to baste before sewing... yes I admit to being lazy!!

    Loving the fabrics - especially the use of the pink, and I'm not a pink person per se.

  18. I've never done spray basting. I'm old-school. I love your fabrics! Beautiful quilt!

  19. Well, I know very little about quilting and less about spray basting, but I know what I like! Your quilt is stunning. I love those colours...just brilliant :)

  20. such a perfect quilt honey..although i am not much interested in sewing but i like others projects :)
    keep it up,wish you more success

  21. Looks lovely! I have tried spray baste (on a mini first) and it was a TOTAL disaster!

    Sticking to the pins, even though it nearly kills me.


  22. beautifull

    your quilt is fatastik

    i love it

    very very gorgeous

  23. I'm completely addicted to spray basting. I can't imagine pinning a huge quilt ever again. I love that rose print in the top quilt photo!

  24. This turned out gorgeous!! Great job!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again this week! :)
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  25. Love the quilt! and I seriously need to try spray basting...has to be easier than on your knees and pinning on a hard floor :o)


  26. I'm a bit late to add my two penneth here but wow! What a gorgeous quilt. x


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