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Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Who does your quilting? Are you one of us who does all of your own quilting because “it’s not your quilt if you pay someone else to quilt it”? (overheard being said by a visitor to our quilt show as she saw the name of a long-armer on the quilt label) Do you do some of your own quilting and hire some of it out? Hand quilting or machine quilting?

I enjoy doing the quilting of my projects. I do all of it by machine, some free motion and some walking foot. But what I don’t enjoy about the process is the layering and the basting. Definitely a necessary evil-but evil nevertheless. I do remember crawling around on the floor basting a larger quilt to be done on my domestic machine. And the aches and pains in my knees and back after that adventure are what convinced me that paying a long arm quilter is money well spent. I now limit the size of the quilts I will do myself to lap quilts or smaller.

I came across this video not too long ago about using Elmer’s glue to baste the layers of quilts. Click here. When I did a search of the internet I was surprised how much I found on this technique. While I am a fan and proponent of using Elmer’s in quilting for many jobs that used to be done by pins, I just can’t imagine basting the layers together this way.

Has any of you done this with Elmer’s? How did it work out?


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