Spray basting steps
With quilt basting spray, you do not need to use thread or pins in the quilt sandwich. It gives quick results. It works well with cotton and polyester batting, resulting to less puckering. You can reposition the layers during quilted, if needed. It can also save you from getting back pain and poked fingers. You can spray baste a twin-sized quilt in about 10 minutes without using a single pin. Its glue washes out after the quilt is finished.
You would need an area large enough to lay out your patchwork and have room to work. However, if you baste on a design wall, you will need pins to hold the backing in place and the larger pieces of batting.
It would also be good to consider some arguments against spray basting your quilt. Fumes from spray basting are harmful and flammable. Some sprays can keep the quilt layers for months or years; some last only for a shorter period. A 10-ounce can of basting spray costs around $13. Check
Read the instructions before the basting spray.
Choose a well-ventilated work area: on a wall, on the floor, or on a table.
Cover the area around the quilt to protect against over spraying. You may use old newspaper.
On a large table, preferably outdoor, place your backing fabric
Spray basting on the wall
Pin or tape the quilt backing fabric to the wall. Its right side should the wall. Pull it taut.
Lightly spray the backing with basting spray; if the backing is large, spray one half at a time.
Continue spraying the backing; smoothen the backing until the whole batting layer adheres to the backing.
Take the quilt down from the wall. Place it on the table to trim excess batting and backing fabric.
Leave 1”-2” margin of batting and backing around the whole quilt top; proceed to quilting.
Spray basting on the floor
Place the quilt backing fabric on the floor, right side down; t
Tape it by using masking tape. Start at the corners; then go all around its edges.
Lightly spray one half of the backing with basting spray.
Fold the batting in half. Align the fold with center of the backing fabric; unfold and smooth the batting on the sprayed side. Work from the center out to the edges. See to it that there are no wrinkles.
Spray the other half of the backing fabric. Smooth it into place.
If your quilt is large, divide the backing into quarters; spray one-quarter at a time.
Fold the quilt top in half with the right sides together; then, unfold it onto the batting’s sprayed section.
Smooth all wrinkles; then remove the tape.
Trim any excess batting and backing fabric; proceed to quilting.
Spray basting on a table
Center the backing fabric on a table; right side down. Smooth out any wrinkles. Use binder clips to hold the fabric in place around the table edges.
Lightly spray the section with the basting spray; smooth the batting and backing fabric; keep them aligned at the center.
Remove the binder clips
. Place the backing fabric to keep the unsprayed area on the center of the table.
Spray the backing and smooth the batting into place. Adjust the fabric until the batting is adhered to the entire backing.
Glue the top to the batting.
The whole quilt sandwich should be glued together. Trim away any excess backing and batting. Proceed to quilting.