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Thread: Alternate to pinning on carpet

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    community benefactor Knot Sew's Avatar
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    I'm still waiting for spring..........I have a queen size. I can do it in the cellar on cardboard, or wait and do it on the lawn. If I had a big table it wouldn't fit in here. I can't use the spray in the house because I have breathing problem. I'm thinking of using plywood and saw horses out side
    think Spring everyone

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    All this reading got me started on laying out the quilt, which is for my daughter. She picked out a stained glass quilt out of a book that I have, took a lot of sewing to put the top together, 25 pieces to each block (42 blocks, queen size), but turned out very nice. Was a Christmas gift, here it is, Easter Sunday, LOL. Knew she wasn't getting it for Christmas though, but got the picture of it. Did mottle some of the fabric myself, and then used some of the mottled fat quarters that I had. I also had a hard time locating enough black solid, it was right after Halloween when she chose the quilt, but finally did. Her birthday is next month, so should have it done before then.

    Will post a picture of it when I finish it.

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    Hi all,
    I don't have any carpet in my home anymore and my home is rather small. I bought a 6 ft long folding table at Target on sale. One of my friends got landscape wieght PVC pipe with fittings and attached those to the legs of the table for the added height. Alternately, you could use bed risers - cost about $10 for a set of 4 at Bed Bath & Beyond - though you may need more than one set to get a nice height for you. Now it is just plain 'ol fun to layer and all. I start in the center the work out. The weight of the quilt overhand is sufficient to prevent any problems with bubbles or such. When I am done with the layering and basting, I just take off the leg extensions [or not], fold up the table, and put it in the garage. Total cost: maybe $40-$45! :lol:

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    At the art supply store, it is possible to purchase "Foam core board". At the better art supply stores, this comes in 3 X 5 sheets. Great for design walls and it comes in 1/4 or 1?2 inch thick. It also works on a table in place of plywood for pinning. You can try one of the small pieces to see if you like it. the larger pieces cost less than $10.00 and weigh a fraction of plywood.

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    I have 2 Pugs who would never allow me to pin ANYTHING to the carpeting!!!! lol But I use the 'tack' gun & my cutting table & always start in the middle & work out. Prepare your fabric well first & keep smoothing it while you're basting. I've done several quilts this way & also with the basting gun, you have to put them every 3-4". some people say they don't hold as well as pins but i only can use one hand so can't do pins & these work fine! Just have fun! I want to know how everyone dries their quilts????

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    That is a great question. How do you dry your quilts after washing? I have a queen almost finished.

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    Hi, I am a hand quilter and I have a GRACE quilting frame that does not require any hand basting., or pinning. My husband got it for me as a Christmas gift one year, and I love it. Go to Gracequiltingframe.com and check them out. They are awsome.

    Pat :D

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    To Barb V. When the weather is warm, thats when I can wash my quilts and I hang them on 2 clothes lines outside to let them dry in the breeze. I have put them in the dryer for a short period of time, then transfer them to the clothesline. Hopes the helps you some.

    Pat B.

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    I can't crawl on the floor anymore either. I put my quilts on my cutting board over a mat, anchor the edges with binder clips, slide a small marble underneath it all, and roll the marble under the quilt as I go from area to area to pin/baste. The marble lifts the fabric off the surface just enough to pin/baste through the layers easily.

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    bj,
    That marble sounds like a wonderful pinning technique! I'm going to give it a try when I pin my next quilt. Thanks for sharing! :D

    Always looking for easier, faster, simpler methods so I can make more quilts in a hurry! Oh, are we supposed to slow down and savor the process? I have way too many ideas to slow down! :P

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