Tips and tutorials

April 7, 2015
sewing tutorial, quilt sandwich,

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

Guess what…

Did you know that your 6.5″ by 24.5″ ruler is a great tool for smoothing and pressing your fabric when basting quilt layers?

I’m a spray baste kind of girl.  I love how quick and easy it is.  I make a quilt sandwich and then peel back the top layer, spray the batting with adhesive, and gently press the ruler evenly on the fabric sandwich. Works like a charm.

Spray Baste 1

This smooths it over, keeping the tension somewhat tight on the top layer to avoid wrinkles, but not so tight as to stretch the fabric.

Spray baste 2


PSA of the week: Do not rotary cut with your long hair down! As you can see I learned this the hard way.

2015-04-06 21.53.58

Well, that’s all I have today. Be sure to check out other great tips, tricks and tutorials on the links below and visit again soon!


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  • Reply Rachel @ Quiltineering April 7, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Your poor hair!! At least it wasn’t a finger tip!

  • Reply quiltingjetgirl April 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I haven’t ever really tried spray basting, but it is tempting to give it a go for some mini quilts I have in my queue. Bummer about your hair! :/

  • Reply Terri Ann April 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

    OMG that last picture cracked me up! Usually I’m more worried about fingers and my hair is not nearly as long as yours 🙂 I have used spray basting for a couple projects and am ready to take on a bigger project with it now that I understand how to use it a bit better so this is a timely tip 🙂 thanks!

  • Reply Julie Stocker April 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Brilliant ruler advice! Short hair here, but I find I still need a bobby pin handy when cutting. I want to see everything I can so I don’t lose a fingertip. Lucky you, it was just a pretty lock of your hair!


  • Reply Renee April 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Oh that is a good idea! I haaaate the sticky cleanup of the spray so much I’d rather pin most of the time. When I do spray baste I surround the whole quilt with newspaper to catch most of the overspray, way less cleanup!

  • Reply Jess @ Quilty Habit April 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Great idea! I’m totally going to try that! Also, lolz about the hair. 🙁 😀

  • Reply Wanda Dotson April 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I love spray basting but I was recently cautioned by a customer at my local quilt shop that it might be hazardous to my health and not to spray it inside. So I read the back of my 505 Spray and Fix bottle and it said, “DANGER: … NEVER use in confined areas or areas with little or no air movement. Provide adequate ventilation (fresh air movement) to keep vapor concentrations below OSHA recommended exposure limits.” It also says inhaling the contents may be harmful or fatal. That just saps the fun right out of spray basting. Are you using 505 or something different, that’s less frightening?

  • Reply Linda April 22, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I found a reference to this on Pink Doxies blog, and it is just the tip I need for a large quilt sandwich I’m trying to smooth. I love spray basting, but this project has almost defeated me. I’ll let you know how it works.
    I would have to lay my head down on the mat to catch my hair in the rotary blade. 😉 I’m jealous of your long pretty locks.

  • Reply Linda April 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    This tip has changed my life. 🙂 Thank you!

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