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Thread: Found an Antique Frame and Need Ideas for Properly Loading Quilts

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    I decided that I wanted to try my hand at hand quilting my latest project and remembered that I had inherited a quilt frame from my aunt in the late sixties. Sure enough there in the garage my husband found the Dritz quilt frame, two in fact plus a lap frame, that have made the trip from Illinois to Massachusetts to Colorado. He put it together, I cleaned it and lemon oiled it and it looks fantastic. How to fasten the quilt to the bars? There are multiple little tack holes in the bars so I assume that was how it was done way back. Does anyone know, other than C clamps, how to anchor the quilt without damaging the fabric? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. This just proves that being a "pack rat" can sometimes prove to be a good thing.

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    wow, here you had it in the garage and transporting from move to move

    what else is hiding in the garage???

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    Well that is just awesome!
    Im trying to talk my husband into making me one that I saw in a movie.

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    One I remember seeing had a fabric covered long piece of wood that clamped onto the material, then had a hand clamp that held it onto the frame. But with your holes already there..can't think how they worked. Though I'd probably recognize one as soon as I saw it.

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    Does the quilt roll onto the bars of a hand quilting fram like it does a machine quilting frame? Sorry for the mindless question but I am not familiar with hand quilting or the frames used to do it.

    If the quilt rolls onto the bars as it does in machine quilting why not just make leaders for the frame? this will preserve the bars AND your fabric from further damage!

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    That is a terrific idea and on which might be the answer. I knew you folks would have the solutions. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    you might start a new thread with your ? on the Dritz quilt frame so others can see it and help you out faster

    to be specific in your wording for the subject line

    How to fasten the quilt to the bars on the Dritz quilt frame? Need Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by BettyGee
    I decided that I wanted to try my hand at hand quilting my latest project and remembered that I had inherited a quilt frame from my aunt in the late sixties. Sure enough there in the garage my husband found the Dritz quilt frame, two in fact plus a lap frame, that have made the trip from Illinois to Massachusetts to Colorado. He put it together, I cleaned it and lemon oiled it and it looks fantastic. How to fasten the quilt to the bars? There are multiple little tack holes in the bars so I assume that was how it was done way back. Does anyone know, other than C clamps, how to anchor the quilt without damaging the fabric? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. This just proves that being a "pack rat" can sometimes prove to be a good thing.
    Thanks, Crafty Bear. I'll do that, makes more sense to do it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyGee
    I decided that I wanted to try my hand at hand quilting my latest project and remembered that I had inherited a quilt frame from my aunt in the late sixties. Sure enough there in the garage my husband found the Dritz quilt frame, two in fact plus a lap frame, that have made the trip from Illinois to Massachusetts to Colorado. He put it together, I cleaned it and lemon oiled it and it looks fantastic. How to fasten the quilt to the bars? There are multiple little tack holes in the bars so I assume that was how it was done way back. Does anyone know, other than C clamps, how to anchor the quilt without damaging the fabric? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. This just proves that being a "pack rat" can sometimes prove to be a good thing.
    May I come visit you and help you clean your garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    wow, here you had it in the garage and transporting from move to move

    what else is hiding in the garage???
    There are some wonderful things out there. There is an apple picking ladder from Massachusetts that is easily early 1900's, not very sturdy but it is old and beautiful. Some day we'll have to climb up in the rafters and look for other treasures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyGee
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    you might start a new thread with your ? on the Dritz quilt frame so others can see it and help you out faster

    to be specific in your wording for the subject line

    How to fasten the quilt to the bars on the Dritz quilt frame? Need Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by BettyGee
    I decided that I wanted to try my hand at hand quilting my latest project and remembered that I had inherited a quilt frame from my aunt in the late sixties. Sure enough there in the garage my husband found the Dritz quilt frame, two in fact plus a lap frame, that have made the trip from Illinois to Massachusetts to Colorado. He put it together, I cleaned it and lemon oiled it and it looks fantastic. How to fasten the quilt to the bars? There are multiple little tack holes in the bars so I assume that was how it was done way back. Does anyone know, other than C clamps, how to anchor the quilt without damaging the fabric? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. This just proves that being a "pack rat" can sometimes prove to be a good thing.
    Thanks, Crafty Bear. I'll do that, makes more sense to do it that way.
    actually, the more sensible thing would be to edit the title of this topic so it's all together in one place. if you need help with that, any moderator can help.

    in fact ... i just did. :lol:

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