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Thread: Hanging Quilt Frame

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    Hanging Quilt Frame

    I saw on this site about a quilt frame that you can make and you can pull it up to your ceiling. I know this is the old fashion way of quilting your quilt. But what I was wondering if this frame could also be used for stretching your quilt and pinning it so you can sew and bind the edges of your quilt. I have a small house with limited space and I am also disabled so it makes it hard to get down on the floor to stretch it and pin the edges so I can sew it on my sewing machine. Any tips would be appreciated.

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    welcome to the board.
    Are you asking if you can use a quilting frame to make the quilt 'sandwich' (pinning the backing, batting and top together) before quilting on your sewing machine?
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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    My mother layers her quilts on the bed, king size. It's easier on her back. Not a pillow top bed...memory foam. She never has any puckers.

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    Yes. That is what I would like to do.

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    Thanks QuiltNan.

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    Yes, you can use that kind of frame to baste your quilt sandwich together.

    The frames are pretty easy to make. I made one out of 2x4s. Doubled up some fabric (pillow ticking with lines on it is great; I used a striped fabric which was not quite as heavy but still worked well) and tacked it (you could also use a staple gun) to the wood on each side. Mine was not hung from the wall; I propped it up on chair backs. We used inexpensive C-clamps on each corner to keep the 2x4s together. For one hanging from the ceiling, you will probably want to have some kind of peg-and-hole system for changing the size of the frame. And, of course, a pulley system to raise and lower.

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    There are lots of ways to baste a quilt that don't involve getting down on the floor or hanging a frame from the ceiling. I sit in a chair at a table and thread baste using Sharon Schamber's two board method. There are other methods using binder clips and a table.

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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome from Southwestern Ontario.

    I know 2 ladies that use frames that hang from the ceiling. When they are not quilting, they just hoist them up close to the ceiling. They like them. My mother used to quilt with that type of frame also.

    I use the big old frames to stretch, sandwich, then baste together so I can use my hoop to hand quilt my quilts (my house is way to small to have a frame set up all the time.) I also baste around the whole quilt within 1/4" or so from the edge of the quilt, (makes it easier for me to put the binding on.)

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