Basting a Quilt with Fusible Batting | New Quilters

If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to baste a quilt, fusible batting is definitely worth a look. It’s probably the simplest of all the five quilt basting methods I’m aware of. No safety pins, no spraying, no tedious stitching — all you need is an iron and your quilt layers.

How Fusible Batting Works

Fusible batting is coated on both sides with heat-sensitive glue. This means that you can use a steam iron to fuse all three of the quilt’s layers together in one step. You will need a large flat ironing surface to spread out the quilt layers and smooth them for ironing.

Fusible batting is more expensive than regular quilt batting. Each of the brands I found is made with a different mixture of fibers:

Drawbacks of Fusible Batting

The main downside of using fusible batting is that the chemicals in the fusible glue layer will be ironed into the quilt – not too appealing if you don’t like to snuggle yourself up in a warm blanket of chemicals. If you make a mistake, it can be difficult to reposition the quilt layers. When I tried June Tailor fusible batting, the fusible layer included a number of lumps of fusible glue (which did melt when I fused the layers, but the initial impression was less than appealing.)

 

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Christine Mann
 

Christine Mann is one of the founders of the New Quilters blog. She likes to make quilts for family and friends. She shares her quilting room with her bad dog, Marcus.

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