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    I am in the process of making a KING size quilt, measures 104" across and 95" vertical. Have tried pinning, but have problems with getting the top to lay flat and smooth. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know this is a monster I'm working on, just wish I could figure out if I could cut it, then sew it back together after quilting is finished. I will never try this size again. Making it in Log Cabin. Please help. Mary

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    I'm making a queen size log cabin at the moment, and am doing it in quarters. Quilting to within an inch or two of the edge on each piece, and then stitching the top together, trimming the batting to butt up against the adjoining piece, and then I'll hand sew the backing closed (leaving a bit of overlap). Then, I'll just quilt those final joins at the end. Well, that's the plan at least. ;)

    If your top is already together, maybe try one of those spray-on adhesive-basting products? I don't know. I'm sure you'll get better suggestions from the other folks here!

    Good luck!!

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    Here's a link to Sharon Schamber's video on basting:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    There are two parts.

    Are your plans to quilt it yourself? Hand or machine?
    Is sending it out to a local longarmer an option?

    You can always just have it basted by someone with a longarm machine - and then still quilt it yourself with whatever method you want.

    If it's a log cabin, then it's really just blocks - it shouldn't be too hard to take it apart and do it in quarters as was suggested above? Or break it down into 3 strips?

    There are many different methods for QAYG (Quilt As You Go) techniques to deal with this situation/problem.

    I know many have quilted king-size quilt on regular domestic sewing machines. They must be very patient people. ;-)

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to check around and see if there's anyone in our area to help me out. I've done double size many times on the machine and never had any trouble. For some reason this one has been giving me trouble right from the first, maybe I'm not meant to do it. But, I'll keep trying. Thanks again. Mary

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    I have so much respect for people to quilt their own quilts. I have done a couple of table mats or runners and a baby quilt, but never had the courage to do anything larger. So--- I can not give you any advice only be your cheering section. You go, girl. All the best.

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    i've basted on a folding table. doing the center first, then moving and basting the rest.
    machine quilting a king size can be done, but difficult.

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    When I did a really large quilt a friend helped me. We took it to the church - but a LQS would do - and used their tables. I used the basting spray. I figured I could always thread baste it later if needed, but it wasn't needed.

    Remember to spray the material not the batting.

    ali

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    Since I'm new to this board, I was surprised at all the help I got. Finally finshed that monster, putting binding around it now, just a little(?) more to go. If my daughter doesn't handle this with kid gloves, I may go bonkers. Thanks to all who helped, Mary Lou

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    Hi, I think the note you sent made me more determined to get this monster done, almost there. I know I have 1 or 2 crinkles in the backing, but I'm going to tell my daughter they are free of charge. Again, thanks, Mary Lou

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