Over the weekend, I used the glue basting technique to finish a baby quilt. I used the directions from Craftsy. My experience was that my gluing left a lot to be desired 🙂 I had glue all over my fingers from the glue squishing out. I would guess that I used too much. I had a difficult time holding the binding in place after applying the glue while I pressed the binding. I choose to sew beside the binding on the front of the quilt and I missed the binding in a couple of places and had to go back and stitch it again. This was the same issue that I had when I was pinning and sewing the binding down by machine.
Monday evening I glued another binding down, but I tried a different method of holding the binding in place. I came up with it quite accidentally when I was trying to get my corners mitered. I used long flowerhead pins about every 1.5 to 2 inches and glued in between. I found that I could pin, then press, then remove the pin. It was time consuming using pins to hold the binding in place but I do not know if it took longer than not using the pins. I sewed on the binding this time and I like the result better, but I like the look of sewing the binding down beside the binding on the top. I know that I will get better with practice so I will just keep doing it because I think the quilt will last longer with a machine sewn binding on baby quilts. Here is the result from the second attempt. I am currently working on quilt #3.
Have you ever used the glue basting method? Do you sew your binding by machine or by hand or both?