I have heard many people say that basting, especially spray basting takes a lot of space. I may have a solution. I managed to spray baste my star wars quilt in a small amount of space that would equal a kitchen counter.
WARNING….You will see my very messy sewing space.
So, my quilting friend Lynn, taught me this trick.
You buy Pipe wrap (for insulating your water pipes). It is cheap, about three dollars for 4 pieces that are about 4 ft each. I bought a total of 8. Then you buy 2- 8ft. PVC pieces and have them cut in half (The nie people at lowe’s or Home Depot will do this for you if you don’t have anyone at home or can’t transport 8ft long PVC pipe). They are about three dollars each. I use the PVC pipe to put two pieces of the pipe insulation together and add stability.
1.) Cover your surface-especially if you are using your counters. I buy vinyl tablecloths (especially after a holiday they are super cheap).
2.) take 2 pieces of pipe wrap and place a piece of the PVC between them.
3.) Evenly pin your backing to the pipe insulation. Use as many pins as you feel you need. Roll up your backing, keeping it smooth.
4.) Then, do the same with your batting. Smooth out as you go.
5.) Next, we begin spraying the batting to the backing. LIne them up and spray a couple of inches clear across the top to get it started. Lay the batting on the backing and smooth out. Continue to apply baste spray a few inches at a time. Roll the completed backing and batting onto the pipe insulation until you have it all spray basted. As you roll the basted backing and batting on to the insulation tube, you can ensure there are no wrinkles. If you find some, unroll and re-smooth.
6.) Next we are ready to baste the top to the batting and backing. Take your roll with the backing and batting and unroll a bit. Line up the roll that contains your top. Spray a few inches across the batting and position your top. Continue to spray baste and roll onto the pipe insulation as you go. Make sure to smooth as you go. Keep spraying and rolling until you have it complete.
7.) You should now have your quilt basted and rolled up nice and neat on the pipe insulation. It will stay all nice and neat until you are ready to quilt.
You could prepare multiple quilts and store them on the pipe insulation for very little money. They will stay rolled up an unwrinkled until you are ready to quilt them.
I hope that someone finds this beneficial. It was very helpful to keep things nice neet and flat until I was ready to quilt. It also stopped me from having to “clean up my area”(pool table) in order to spray baste. I only needed the width of my quilt and about a foot of the length in order to complete the spray baste.
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