Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spray Baste FAIL - a PSA

When I'm quilting I always use either Warm and Natural or Warm and White. I think it's pretty standard for most of us. I've never had a problem spray basting with those battings.  At the last PMQG meeting I was lucky enough to win some batting that Julie and Candi brought back from Quilt Market. I know it was from the Warm Company, but I got rid of the packaging and can't remember what it was. I'm thinking it was Soft & Bright? But don't quote me on it.

Either way, it's more polyester than I'm used to. And apparently polyester doesn't stick with basting spray. Maybe this is already common knowledge? I'm not sure, but I'm putting it out there in case you don't know either.




I attempted to spray baste my bike quilt. My first step is always to quilt around the outside to stabilize it all. I didn't realize the backing wasn't firmly basted until I was almost done.


Can you see the big lumps around the edges?  Guess me and my seam ripper are getting friendly tonight! Then I'll be basting this with pins. Hope I've saved someone from the same fate. ;)

12 comments:

Linz said...

Awww, bummer! I wouldn't have known!

Good luck with the seam ripper!!

Inspiredbyfelix said...

What a nightmare :( poor you, but at least you hadn't quilted a lot of the middle too!

Katie B. said...

Oh, blerg! I'm not a big fan of the spray basting. As much as I hate pinning, I trust it more.

AMKreations said...

Hmmm...what spray basting are you using, because that's what I've used for my last three quilts and it always sticks for me.

I bought a bunch of the warm & bright on Black Friday...so I had to use it up...I don't like how thick it is...so I probably won't go that route again. Anyway, I use June Tailor Spray basting and have had no issues with my last three quilts...you can see them on my blog.

Sorry you had issues. Maybe the glue was bad or something else went wrong?

Megan said...

Nooooo!!!! How frustrating! Good luck un-basting and re-basting it! Much to your credit, you seem to be in good spirits about it. I probably would have put the project away for months and studiously avoided it while I worked on other stuff.

Melinda said...

Oh man, I have to say it. That just bites. I'm with you though. I was cutting my fabric today and cut every one of my fat quarters correctly except one. Now I just need one long 3" piece, and guess what they don't sell in stores? 3" pieces!

Jacey said...

Well, I'll be having a ripping party of my own this weekend. I don't know how it happened (possibly because I'm quilting diagonally, but my first few lines created some pretty massive ripples. Rip, rip, rip! I've never tried spray basting, but I appreciate your feedback!

Candi said...

Oh no! *feels a little guilty*
I would never have expected that...

Live a Colorful Life said...

Thanks for the PSA. Since I haven't basted many quilts (I used to send them out for someone else to quilt) but will be quilting more of my own from now on, I appreciate any info I can get. Sorry about the "fail" though. :(

Desley said...

Bummer - I hate unpicking.

Judith said...

I've just bought my first can of spray baster & I usually use a cotton/poly blend wadding. Do you think the spray will work on it? Jxo

Tricia said...

Hmmm...the first and only time I used spray baste was on a poly batting and it didn't work well. I think I might try it on warm and natural though after reading your post! Thanks :)

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