We use a temporary basting spray 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive to secure the quilt top to the batting. We also use the spray to secure the quilt top/batting to the backing. The spray eliminates the need to pin the layers together and makes it easier to stitch around the appliqué pieces. The following link has some more good information about this product. You do need to place your quilt on a large piece of fabric to catch the overspray. The oversprayed fabric can be washed to remove the spray. However if you spray on a hard surface such as a cutting board or table you can use alcohol (rubbing not drinking). However I have got the spray on walls as well and the alcohol didn't seem to remove the spray so I had to repainted the wall. I am more careful now to spray on a very large piece of fabric such as muslin.
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