spray adhesive for quilt basting – a quick how to

I’m often asked how I baste my quilts. To be honest, it wasn’t something I even considered when I first decided I wanted to make a quilt. Before even purchasing fabrics though, the women at one of my local quilt shops started extolling the benefits of spray adhesive. So when I got to that part of the quilting process, I headed back to the shop for a can of 505, their favorite spray adhesive. (All this to say that I really have no experience basting with safety pins, so this doesn’t mean that one method is better than the other – this is simply my experience with spray adhesive).

Anyway, here’s a can of the 505 – it comes in two sizes, but I much prefer the larger size. I buy mine locally, though I’m sure you could find it online as well. I like how well it sticks, and I’ve never had a problem with it gunking up my sewing machine. (I’ve only used this brand, so I can’t comment on how other brands of spray adhesive work.)

My only concern with the good old 505 spray is in what you’re breathing in. I’m quite certain that it’s not good for you, since the recommendation on the can is to make sure you use it outdoors or in a well ventilated space. Being that I’m in Vermont, that’s not really possible most of the time, so I wear this heavy duty mask. Cute, right? (of course, since getting pregnant, the job of spray basting has fallen to Morgan, which I don’t mind at all!)

So, to start… I spray my quilts on the floor in our guest bedroom. I don’t particularly care about the carpet, so I lay out the batting directly on the carpet and I don’t worry about any overspray (though I’ve never noticed the surrounding carpet to ever be sticky). If you’re doing this on nice flooring, you may want to first lay out an old sheet. Lay out a piece of batting that’s slightly larger than your quilt top, smoothing out any wrinkles. (doing this directly on the carpet works well for me, since the batting tends to stick to the carpet and remains nice and taut).

Lay out your quilt top on the batting. At this point I trim the batting if it’s significantly larger than the quilt top. I like to leave an extra 1-2 inches of batting all around the quilt top.

  • Pull back about half of your quilt top.
  • Spray the 505 spray directly on the batting, starting at that midway point (a little goes a long way!). I like to spray a section about a foot in width at a time.
  • Smooth your quilt top back over that section of batting that you just sprayed. I start from the middle, working my way out, making sure I’m pulling it taut (but not tight – you don’t want to distort the quilt top).
  • Repeat this process until you reach the top of the quilt. Then repeat for the other half of the quilt, pulling back the other half of the quilt top until you reach the sprayed section.

At this point, if you have a backing that’s just one piece, you can go ahead and flip the batting and quilt top over and lay out your backing on the batting. Repeat the spray process to adhere your backing to the batting, completing your quilt sandwich.

However, I often have a pieced backing, and therefore need to make sure it lines up correctly with the front. Morgan came up with this method, and I think it works really well. On the front side, he clips the batting so he knows where the outer edges are located. This way when you flip your batting over, you can easily see where your quilt top is positioned.

Flip the batting and attached quilt top over, and lay out your batting, lining up any pieced sections with your clip marks.

The backing for this particular quilt has a pieced section along the bottom edge, so you can see that he also clipped the batting to show where the seam line was. This is where the pieced section of the backing will line up.

Once again, fold back half the quilt backing and spray in sections, starting in the middle and moving to the top. Repeat for the other half of the quilt. And now you’re ready to quilt your quilt! (I’ve found that this spray adhesive remains sticky for quite a while, so no worries if you don’t immediately get to the quilting stage. The spray adhesive then washes away with your first wash.)

I hope this helps! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments and I’ll reply there.

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123 Responses to spray adhesive for quilt basting – a quick how to

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    505 is also my saving grace! I extol its wonders all the time. πŸ˜‰ The first time I bought it I recall someone saying that at Quilt Market the rep will spray it in his mouth to show that it’s non-toxic. I’m not sure if that’s actually true, but you might want to check it out. Thanks for sharing the notching trick – that will definitely be used when my husband and I baste quilts. πŸ™‚

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    Jeni says:

    Great tutorial! I have always pin basted but have been considering trying out spray! I live in cle, oh so I would also need to do it inside! Thanks for your indoor instructions! πŸ™‚

  3. 4
    Alison says:

    This is the exact same method I use. I love the tip about clipping the edges of the batting so you can line things up. Brilliant!

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    Johanna says:

    I have always pinned my quilts and recently tried out the spray basting method but I found that all my layers still shifted a bit when I quilted straight lines. I wonder if I did something wrong or if this method just shouldn’t be used with straight lines? Any advice?

    • 6
      ashley says:

      I haven’t experienced a problem with that, and I do quilt with straight lines quite often. Perhaps not enough spray? Or perhaps you’re not pulling the top and backing taut enough during the basting process?

    • 7
      Cynthia says:

      This does not work for a king size quilt with wool batting. I don’t care what anyone says – it appeared to work great until I started freeform machine quilting – the top shifted just a little as I move from one row to the next – by the time I got 3 rows in there was a 2? fold in it. How are you supposed to lift and replace 2/3 of a king size quilt???

      I’d sure like for someone to explain that part to me.

    • 8
      Kim says:

      Did you heat-set after spray-basting? A class that I took on Craftsy said to use your iron to set the basting spray.

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    tara says:

    That is a genius idea for lining up the backing, which is almost always a problem for me. Thanks for the tip!

  6. 10
    Deedrie says:

    Love the notches! What a sanity saving tip. I drive myself nuts trying to match up the back to the front.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  7. 11
    Deb says:

    I’m a spray baster too… when I go to a quilt retreat with friends we’re the rebel quilters, being covert about using our spray by sneaking into an unused building and spraying away! πŸ™‚ I love the tips about the notches… so simple, but brilliant! I’ve started doing pieced backs and I’ve wondered how to best line everything up. Now I know! The other great tip a friend shared with me – when laying out the quilt layers on a table top, use the giant paper binder clips to hold all the layers taut. Combining these two ideas will make the next “sandwiching” go smooth as butta!

  8. 13
    Amy says:

    I use spray basting too, but I spray the back of the top & place the batting onto that…

    I use a wood floor, so I tape the back down, smooth the batting, smooth the top, fold back the top, spray what I just folded back – fold that back onto the batting & press (with my hands) it down, repeat with the other half. Then I fold back the top with the batting & spray the back of the backing, press the batting top into the back & repeat with the other side…

    (I find that the spray can get into the middle – nooks & crannies – of the batting, which does not help with the sticking power…)

    I have used “other brands” successfully.

  9. 14
    Katie in Texas says:

    OK, I like the tutorial for this and plan on trying it out. Thanks…. BUT, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cute quilt. Is there a tutorial for this that I’ve missed somewhere?

  10. 16

    Oh you have a good man! I pin quilts on my kitchen floor and use my tile lines to line up the front & back.

  11. 17
    Jessica says:

    Love the clipping idea! I’ll have to try that on the next quilt I baste. Do you find that you get wrinkles when you don’t stretch out your back and tape it down?

  12. 19
    Lisa says:

    Very cool… thank you. I’ve only used pins and I seem to get a lot of puckering, so I’d like to try this method!

  13. 20
    Michelle says:

    What a fantastic tip about notching – so simple and a perfect solution! It’s definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” things. Well done to your husband, but if you don’t mind, I won’t tell mine that a quilting-widower came up with that one.

  14. 21
    Jenna says:

    Thank you so much for this! I am pregnant too, and bending over on my hands and knees for endless pinning sessions is becoming more and more impossible. I can’t wait to get a sexy mask and some 505 and give this method a try!

  15. 22
    Alexis says:

    I recently tried spray basting and it really is better living in a can. I love the idea of clipping the batting for alignment- brilliant!

  16. 23
    Debbie says:

    Those clips in the batt are genious! Thanks. I have as yet spray-basted, but you have convinced me to try!

  17. 24
    Rachel says:

    The clipping is brilliant! I will be using that in the future!

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    Lindsay says:

    I love spray basting (even though my aunt thinks it is blasphemy)! Thanks for making me feel not quite so alone. πŸ™‚ Excellent tip about the notches and pulling the fabric taut. I think the issue I am having of the quilt creasing while I move it about is a combination of not enough spray and not pulling it taut enough during basting.

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    Stephanie says:

    I’ve tried a number of methods of figuring out where to place my pieced backing and nothing’s ever worked really well. I LOVE Morgan’s idea of notching the batting–simple and genius! Make sure to thank him for me πŸ™‚

  20. 27

    I love the idea of clipping the batting! Why didn’t I think of that?!?! Thanks for the tip!

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    Kim says:

    Thank you for coming out of the closet as a spray baster. I don’t understand why so many quilters are anti-spray? It is sooo much easier! I will admit to being afraid to use it on big projects so thank you for your tips on that. I live in California and I would still do it inside. Carpet is much easier to smooth out the wrinkles on than my patio or driveway. The neighbors would think I was nuts!!! : )

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    Lisa LeBlanc says:

    Thank you! I do not like pin basting…hard on the back and very time consuming, not to mention a pain to remove with quilting. Great tutorial and thanks again, notch cutting of the batting is super smart…your husband gets a gold star for the day πŸ™‚
    Lisa in Texas

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    Sarah Smith says:

    I love this! I’ve tried both spray and pins, and I get the best results with spray (however toxic it may be). I usually flip it over and smooth a few times to get all the wrinkles out. The clipping notching are so smart! What a good solution to lining things up. Thanks for sharing this! Also, the blog looks amazing!

  24. 31
    Marianne says:

    Love the tip about the notches…he deserves an award for that one. I like spray basting too.

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    Wow – that was timely! An aunt of mine just told me about 505 and explained to me how it’s done… but it was
    very helpful to see your great pictures too πŸ™‚

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    Andria says:

    I use Dritz spray adhesive from JoAnn. There are two different cans for the same thing- one by the quilting stuff and another by the sewing supplies- and the one by the sewing supplies was a dollar cheaper, same brand and everything just a different look to the can . The can says it is odorless and has no fluorocarbons, and it really does only have the smell of glue and starch which dissipates quickly. I did have to wipe down my sewing machine after I finished one half of my quilt but not to terrible.

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    krista says:

    So I’ve tried both methods and much prefer spray basting. It’s so nice to not have to worry about pins! My only complaint with spray is that I always have to lift and adjust to get my wrinkles out. I would love to spray, lay the top flat and move on but it never works. Any tips? I do start in the middle and by the time I lay the outter edges it’s all messed up. Maybe I am holding wrong….

    • 36
      Becky says:

      I have the same problem with wrinkles and having to constantly readjust. I worked on two table toppers today and since they are small, I didn’t tape them down. Do you suppose that is my problem?

      Thanks for all you share.

    • 37
      Julene says:

      Google Spray Basting Wall
      She covers her quilt design wall with newspaper and hangs the back, sprays then attaches the batting, then sprays and attaches the top. No wrinkles b/c it is on a design wall and the top is pinned in place to keep it from shifting. Hope that answers your question on how to do with to avoid wrinkles.

  29. 38
    Bertine says:

    Thank you for posting this! I have been meaning to baste something for a couple weeks but I don’t want to spend so much time with pins. Now I will just try spray!

  30. 39

    I spray baste as well! I’ve had great results with the Dritz brand spray, which is the only kind at my local store.

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    char says:

    I spray baste most of the time also. I bought a shower curtain liner from the $ store to lay my quilts on so I don’t mess up the floor. This also works well outside because you don’t get foreign things stuck to your quilt. Such as ants!

  32. 41
    Kristen says:

    I usually add a few giant safety pins as well just to keep things from shifting around. This is especially helpful if I baste a few days before I quilt.

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    Margaret says:

    I have been wondering how people get their backings to be so straight. Love this idea of the notches! Not sure I can bring my environmentally-minded self to use spray basting, though.

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    Cherie says:

    I have spray basted with 505 for several years now. I just quilted a quilt that I spray basted over 3 years ago. I had no problems. The layers stuck together as well as the day I basted it. No residue marks on the fabric. I do both straight line quilting (with a walking foot) and meander quilting and have great results for both.

  35. 44
    Gwen says:

    That notching trick is genius. GENIUS, I tell you! I’ve only used 505 once, and did it on my dining room table. NOT genius. lol

  36. 45
    Naomi says:

    Thanks for the great instructions! I’ve been meaning to try spray basting out, but have been too chicken so far! I will try this soon!

  37. 46
    Maria says:

    I baste my quilts pretty much the same way you do (minus the gas mask! sshhhh don’t tell my dad the 3M retiree), and have also had nothing but success with 505. The notch tip for lining up backing is great – thanks!

  38. 47
    Kaye Prince says:

    I actually did some research when I first wanted to try out spray basting and read an article that said that 505 was the only one recommended archivally for quilts (obviously you would need to wash the quilt still when it was finished) so I always recommend that brand to others wanting to try it out.

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    Ruth Umney says:

    I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOO pleased you posted this…I just bought my 1st can of spray adhesive to see how it would go with my next quilting project after many a pucker and many an unpicking…even with safety pins and hand sewing them batting in…Sooooo excited to think I might finally get a smooth quilt back…Thanks for the post, great idea!!!

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    mary says:

    I have tried a couple of spray adhesives for basting and I really like Sulky KK 2000. It states on the can it is safe and environmentally friendly (but I try not to suck in too much of it) I usually only baste small projects with spray and I always pin as well. If you want to line up the pieced back you can always make register marks on the backing. For instance if I have something pieced on the back that I want in the center…I put a mark at the edge of the backing(where it is pieced) and then find the center of the top (put a safety pin or some other marker on the top) then you just make sure they are lined up!!! Cool quilt!

  41. 50
    Bec Clarke says:

    I am so glad to see this tutorial. I usually spray baste but thought it was being “naughty” so decided to pin last time and it was nearly a disaster.
    I love your quilts and love the fact that you spray baste and I have picked up some great tips that will help me do it even better than now.
    Thanks so much

  42. 51
    Kathleen15 says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. Have spray basted small projects like runners but haven’t gotten to quilts yet. Too chicken.

  43. 52
    Sarah C. says:

    Notches!! {{Knocks self on forehead!}} BRILLIANT!

  44. 53
    Jess says:

    Thanks for the tip. I am new to quilting and have used a basting spray.I liked the method but the spray does not wash out of the quilts very well. Thanks for your idea. I am going out tonight to buy some 505 for the Five quilts I need to baste.

  45. 54
    Beth says:

    LOVE the notch tip…thanks so much!!! It will be SO helping when lining up pieced backings πŸ™‚

  46. 55
    Linda says:

    Great tip! Morgan is so handy to have around. Did he come that way, or did you have to train him? 😎 I’ve heard people say that the needle sticks when they use spray adhesive. Have you ever experienced this problem?

    xo Linda

    • 56
      ashley says:

      I haven’t, actually. A little spray does go a long way, so you really don’t need too much for the job. Perhaps if you were using a lot of it, you might end up with some on the needle.

  47. 57
    Linda says:

    I LOVE using this method, except I live in Texas, and use my driveway. For my last quilt, though, I sprayed inside on my wood floor, and even though I tried very carefully to not get close to the edges, I could feel some over spray on the wood floor when I was done.

    Ashley, how far are you holding the can away from the fabric? and how close are you getting to the edges?

    Also, the first few times I tried this out in my garage, I didn’t realize that there was some over spray on the cement floor, until several months later when dirt had stuck to it. I have scrubbed and scrubbed to get it off so that my garage floor doesn’t look like some teen-ager did his science fair project on it, but it won’t come off. This has made me wonder just how much of it really does wash out of the quilt. THOUGHTS? anyone . . .

    1 more thing. Why 505? Is it better, cheaper, more accessible than other brands?

    • 58
      ashley says:

      I probably spray closer to the batting than they recommend on the can – maybe a foot away or so? I also don’t go all the way to the edges, as I figure the overspray will provide enough for the edges.

      As I said, 505 was the one recommended to me and it’s the one I’ve always used. I haven’t had any reason to try out other brands.

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    Patricia says:

    great tutorial, the clipping is a great hint, I had not thought of that. Thanks

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    Suzanne says:

    Thank you to you both.

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    Kathy says:

    Leslie….ppl over on twitter are worried u using this stuff..it really is toxic.

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    I have ALWAYS spray basted and can’t even imagine working around all those pins. I have never had a pucker of fabric on the back or front side. I have done both doing this on carpet and on hardwood floors. I prefer the hardwood and I use painters tape to put the lower layer down. I LOVE LOVE spray basting. For me, the only way to go….. I also think the kind of spray basting that you can get at JoAnn Fabrics works just as well if not better. 505 really sticks, and it seems the others allows you to move the fabric around a bit….maybe I just use too much 505, but it also costs much more then the others…..

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    Rachel says:

    I’ve used a few brands of spray adhesive and never had a problem with them gumming up my machine (I have just bought what’s avaliable at the time in both England and Australia).

    I’m intrigued by how you do the quilt top then turn it over and do the back – I’ve always done as if i were basting the “traditional”/”normal” method with pins or tacking, laying out the backing first, adding the batting and spraying it (rolling it in approx 0.5-1 foot sections, a bit like how you’ve folded yours) and then doing the top on top of that. Is there a reason you turn it over like you do?

    The notching trick is one that i’m going to remember for future though!

    • 65
      ashley says:

      I guess I do it this way because it’s the way I’ve always done it (creature of habit, maybe?). In the past, prior to learning Morgan’s notching trick!, I used to attach the front, then lay the backing on and before spraying the backing, I’d get him to hold it up in front of a window so I could make sure everything was lined up.

      I’d say whatever method works best for you is a good one!

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    Kirsten N says:

    Such a great idea for lining up seams !

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    Jolie says:

    The notching idea is sheer brilliance!!
    (and love the quilt too!)

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    Ali says:

    I sue June Taylor spray baste and LOVE IT! The notches at the corners are brilliant. You’re lucky to have such a cooperative husband. πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer says:

    Great tips! Thanks so much. I’ve never used the spray basting but it seams to work just find. I usually use the safety pin method be always get puckers and can’t seem to get it taut enough. Thanks for sharing your tips and pics.

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    Livia says:

    Really cute mask! (and of course a terrific idea)

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    I am so in love with this quilt top! KUDOS!

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    I just know that no matter how I write this, it may come across as catty, or like those bumper stickers that sniff at you… “do this… I’m that… you’re not the same or good enough.” I just thought on this one occasion it was worth me putting in my two cents. Here they are….
    I’m so excited for you that your are having your first baby… CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I have admired your work and seldom commented, but I think you’re quilts are beautiful, and I am inspired by them. Lastly, I tried the quilt adhesive a few times in the early days. Here’s the thing…. it’s a chemical, and it costs. If you just buy a set of safety pins, it’s a little bit more work to pin, and then you always have them. There’s no chemical, and one is not paying the company for it. Chemicals are toxins that may or maynot be washed out in the first round. Why take the chance? No scientific proof. Just some thoughts. I am not a judging individual. I simply thought I might I offer my perspective up. Again…. congratulations. Life is an amazing thing.

    • 73
      Fran says:

      I am with you, Heather. My friends and I have a pinning bee. We put a 6 X 8 piece of plywood on a kitchen table that has been protected with soft placemats, clamp the back and then lay the quilt top and batting on that, reclamp, pulling tautly and then pin, pin, pin. We can do a lap quilt in a few minutes with four pairs of hands and we have fun doing it. As well, we are not crawling around on the floor. Works for us. We get several done in under an hour. Then, coffee.
      P.S.: If the quilt is much larger than the plywood, we just reposition after pinning the centre.

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    Jeane says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on spray baste. I have used the spray for some time and lay a plastic shower curtain for any overspray. We pull the blankets back on the bed so I make sure any overspray is on his side…hubby helps me! I have always wondered how to get that pieced back so perfectly placed, thanks for those tips.

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    Tree says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your technique. Clipping the batting to align the front and back is brilliant!

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    Holly - binkwaffle says:

    Okay, Morgan is brilliant! I love the clipping tip!!!! BRILLIANT, Morgan!!

    I’ve always used the June Tailor spray from Hobby Lobby with a coupon. It’s always been a great product, but I may try the 505 next time I run out of the June Tailor. Or maybe beforehand. I can do a side by side comparison!

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    Jodi says:

    I love the tip to line up a pieced back!! Thank you so much as this has been a struggle for me in the past. I am also going to try the 505 the next time I am basting because I dispise the job and the older I get the harder it has been on my back and knees. Thank you so much!

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    Jolie says:

    Hi, wasn’t sure how to email you (it’s late, 2 four years olds have been playing silly putty with my brain all day so I am rather dense right now….) but I just wanted to let you know I referenced this post in a post on my blog here [http://tropicalsoup.typepad.com/tropicalsoup/2011/03/pistachio-hot-chocolate.html]. Basically just saying thanks for the step-by-step…you gave me the courage to try spray basting and I am thrilled with the results! Thanks again, Ashley!

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    Courtney says:

    I just tried this today, and it worked like a CHARM! However, now I’m not sure where I stand on the spray -vs- pinning war. Maybe I’ll just play both sides! LOL! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!!

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    Melissa says:

    I have been eyeing the spray for a while but waited and waited and pinned and pinned for some reason, but your post gave me the courage to try and I love it! Thank you for sharing! I find it so much easier than pins- both for getting the quilt nice and taut and also when quilting- no stopping to remove pins. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ruth says:

    I have just used 505 for the 1st time today and FLIPPEN HECK….it’s AWESOME!!!! not a wrinkle in sight, not a crinkle, not a fold…my 1st completely smooth, beautiful quilt…I LOVE IT!!!!
    505 is my quilting saviour!!!
    keep up the tut’s and looking forward to the little one’s arrival!!!

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    Jennifer says:

    I’ve used 505 and love it. I used to pin and always seem to get puckers. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do it your way- with the batting on the carpet. That would be so much easier than on the hardwood floor! And I too think the notching the batting is genius. Tell Morgan thanks! Great post Ashley!

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    Susan C. says:

    I know this is an old post, but I had to say thank you for posting this! I used this method for the first time today, it worked like a charm. I think this will be my new go-to basting method!

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      Wendy Fisher says:

      I dont see anything about clamps, tape etc. U mean if you lay on carpet and just smooth it out it will work???? If so that’s great. Do you use iron to press all together before quilting? I was told to do that. Help. Ready to do my first quilt and I have big can of 505. Thanks. Wendy in OR

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        Angela says:

        Don’t iron! I lay out an old sheet or two and then lay the batting down smoothing it out. Then I lay the quilt top down on top of the batting, smooth it out, then pull back the top half of the quilt top to the center and beginning at the center, spray about about 18″ at a time and smooth quilt top over the sprayed area. After the top is finished flip it and to the backing. I spray mine outside but have done it in the kitchen. I learned real quick to put the old sheet down to catch the over spray. It will make a mess and why make more work for yourself? I have used the cheap brand from Wal mart and it DOES NOT wash out. It’s important to use the 505 but there are a couple of other brands that wash out but I like the 505 best. Good Luck!

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    Diane says:

    A BIG opps!!!!!!! I sprayed the 505 spray ahesive into my sewing machine by mistake! I was thinking it was my air can to loosen up the fuz around my bobbin and pressure foot. Any idea how to remove this? Would a solvant work? HELP!!!!

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    anya says:

    I just finish my first quilt and just want to say thank your very much for this explanation it helped me a lot

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    Christa says:

    Thanks! I will purchase spray basting this week and try it out! Sandwiching the quilt is always my least favorite and most frustrating part of quilting. I love to create quilts but dread the pinning and fussing. Fingers crossed!

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    Michelle says:

    thankyou so much for all the info on spray adhesive. I am going to be trying this as soon as the wind quits blowing so hard. I dont want to do this inside, I am afraid of killing my birds with the spray. I saw a cool video on youtube about using the adhesive and a design wall to do the spraying. That way there is no crawling around on the floor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwV8tUkhxUM

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    phil says:

    can i use spray basting on cement on an outdoor carpeting to get the wrinkles out of the carpet? it’s not to thick so it might hold? please answer phil

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    Sandra H says:

    I’ve always used 505, I love how effective it is. I hate the smell, but it’s so much easier than pinning. Also the fact that you can spray the quilt sandwich and leave it weeks or months before actually getting to the quilting, it’s still “glued” together!
    I do think I should get one of those masks though. Also I heard that you should store those containers upside down (don’t know why) has anyone else heard that?

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    Esther D. says:

    I’m new to quilting and this is nice to know. growing up my mom always pinned her quilts and I’ve done the same for a few of mine. But thwe fabric always seems to move or pucker. So I will be using spray adhesive next time!

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    Barb. says:

    I’m getting ready to quilt my first quilt. I wanted to do free-motion but I need a lot of practice first so I’m going to use stitch in the ditch on this one. I purchased a can of machine embroidery and quilting spray @ Hancock Fabrics. Used it on samples but found it to be very sticky. I had to use Goof-off to get it off my fingers and even the next day the overspray on the samples were sill tacky. Glad I haven’t used it on my quilt. Am going to try to find 505 spray before I tackle the quilt.

    Thanks for he info.

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    Anya says:

    Where do you get 505 locally in the Burlington, VT area? I’ve not seen it but maybe I’m looking in the wrong places. As a result, I’ve always purchased online.


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    Gata says:

    Here is website of the 505 manufacturer. I was happy I looked it up, as I was concerned about washing 505 out after quilting. Seems like it does wash out-


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    Carol says:

    Hi there, I am new to quilting, but have a question about a quilt I am making with a light weight jacquard fabric that requires dry cleaning. I also dry clean my handmade quilts. Does the tacky spray (505 for instance) come out with dry cleaning? Has anyone used the spray on a dry-clean only fabric? Does it stain? I want to make cornice boards and a quilt with this fabric. The notches are genius! Thanks.

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    Lynn says:

    Hi, I love the notches! I use a tube from batting rolls that are used up to roll my quilt top back and back over the sprayed area. It helps not to wrinkle the top. I roll about half at a time, very similar to what you do. Hope this tip helps someone.

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    booklogged says:

    If I spray four quilt sandwiches will the 505 adhesive keep them glued together until I get around to quilting them. That may be several months before I get started on the last one.

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    Rachael Dorr says:

    I love the clipping idea – though I’m not sure I would take large notches out of the batting – but snipping it is most certainly in my future – just in case the quilt moves during quilting. For larger quilts I use a fabric cardboard roll to help me roll it out easily http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/2013/06/quilting-tip-bastinglayering-quilt.html

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    Krista says:

    I like spray basting small projects but still get better results with pinning larger quilts. I almost always get puckers in my backing with the spray basting, although I am suspicious that I have TOO much tension on the backing when I am basting, then when I release the tape it rebounds and puckers. I use a technique where I take the backing and front outside to spray them, but do the actual basting inside. This works in any climate as long as its not raining. I highly recommend this as our modern houses are not very well ventilated as a rule.

    I love the notch idea but I would leave more batting on the side (at least 2 inches of usable batting). I have had larger quilts gobble it up. Nothing like piecing a 1 inch strip of batting on at the last minute.

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    Donna says:

    Do you have to wash the quilt after it is done? Will the 505 spray harm the quilt over time if it is not washed? I am going to do a wedding quilt, and would rather not wash it, but I do want to use the spray adhesive.

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    Donna says:

    I have been spray basting for a year and LOVE it!!! My first attempt was on a twin sized quilt. I didn’t have any problems. It may have been beginners luck!

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