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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recently Nicole at Sister's Choice blog wrote a post on spray adhesive and using it for machine quilting small quilts.  So using my 40% coupon at the local fabric/hobby store, I bought a bottle of the June Taylor brand and got a chance to try it out today.

I reread her post so that I could follow her exact instructions.  After sweeping the driveway, I laid out the backing fabric, sprayed, and positioned my batt.  And because some things just are never easy, I had a fold in the batt which required pulling it up and repositioning it.  And then that lead to more difficulties, so I just brought the whole mess inside and spread it out on the floor.  It was then that I saw a couple of dirt spots on the white backing which I knew had to have come from the driveway.  I would suggest using a print back if you do this.

Actually the entire process was a real pain in the neck.  After getting the batting and backing smoothed out, I headed back outside to spray and lay out the top.  Make sure you pull of any loose threads on the batt before spraying as your fingers will be a mess - I'm just saying.  Spreading out the top was a lot easier and looked a whole lot nicer than the first step.

As a positive, the more I worked on the machine quilting, the better I liked this product.  There was no stopping to take out a safety pin and no getting stabbed by a straight pin.  And I use blue painter's tape to mark my lines, so I was quickly sewing a line, moving the tape, and sewing again.  This top was quilted in record time for me.

After a good washing I am thinking of giving this Schnibble to my grandson who will be born sometime in October. 

Would I recommend using this product?  Most definitely.  Check out Nicole's blog and see what she has to say about it as well, OK?

11 comments:

Sue said...

Oh that's interesting. I've never used the sprays because of the stickiness. Glad yours worked out for you.

That's an adorable quilt for a sweet little grandson :)

Melanie said...

I love the stuff! It is a must for fabric postcards....

If you ever do any kind of paint stencilling on walls or wood--- It works great--just use sparingly....

Thelma said...

I wasn't so sure you were going to recommend that spray! I'm glad it all worked out in the end! A perfect quilt for a grandson!

Linda said...

Glad it worked out for you...I bought some but I haven't tried it yet. Have a great evening!!

Love the quilt too...wonderful!!

Beth said...

I roll back rugs and do the spraying inside...the overspray keeps the rugs in place :-)

Actually my new favorite is Hobbs fusible batting...no spraying, just iron the top and backing to the batt and away you go. It's fabulous on small stuff...bigger things you have to do touch up ironing along the way but it is all I use now.

No safety pins for me!

Siobhán said...

What a sweet finish! Thanks for the tips on the spray. I was wondering about it, because the thing I dislike the most about quilting is basting.

Nancy said...

thanks mary I was wondering about it and where to do it at

Dora, the Quilter said...

I haven't used the sprays for several years--I quit using them because of the off-gassing of the sprays.
I found the greatest success when I sprayed the batting, but not the fabric.
I have a friend who has found some bargains on batts that have adhesive so quilts can be basted using a steam iron. I haven't tried those yet.
Darling quilt; and darling skirt in the next post too!

Linda said...

Turned out beautiful!!! Wonderful job!!!!!

Back in the day :-) when I used to quilt on my domestic I learned to love spray basting. I highly recommend it over pinning. There is a learning curve but it went so much faster than pinning. AND I loved quilting without the pins, especially the weight. I felt my quilting looked so much better than when I pinned.

Monica @The Mennobrarian said...

Interesting...I had heard about the spray adhesive method and wondered if it worked. It sounded so easy. Thanks for the review. I'll likely try it on my next small project.

Nicole said...

Yikes! I am so sorry you had such a struggle laying everything out. In the end, though, it sounds like the quilting went ok. I read somewhere that you can tape newspapers around your design wall, tack up your quilt back and spray directly onto it that way. Sounds easier than wrestling with it on the ground.