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Thread: How do you lay out quilts?

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    When I was 30 and putting the 'sandwich' together, I sat on the floor, taped the backing down, laid out the batting and then the top and then I basted all while on my hamds and knees. Well, now, almost 40 years later, I do not sit on the floor for much -- my knees are not what they were and my dining table is not large enough. I have been know to use the tables at the church hall and to beg help from friends with more table room than I, but that is not always convenient.
    Yesterday I laid a twin size quilt across our bed (a double), slid a smooth piece of wood under it and basted -- OK, but not ideal. Others must be in this position -- any ideas?

    Mary

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    I have always used the floor for my quilts. I use safety pins.

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    I too once knelt on the floor and like you have knees that would weep if I tried that these days.
    I distribute the blocks on the floor and move them around with a long dowel til I have an arrangement I like.
    Better is when the large conference room at my library is not being used and I can shove a bunch of long tables together.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    This might be of interest.:)

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    I use our pool table. My husband has it covered with a board so the felt is protected. Haven't played much pool lately, though because the board is heavy.

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    I have always used to floor, it is a killer I know.
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    Some pin it to the wall :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    This might be of interest.:)
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    It sure is interesting to me. I have some long pieces of plastic baseboard that would work nicely for this on my bed. I usually put a big pice of cardboard on it first. Biggest flat space in my small house, except for the floor which my knees refuse to do.

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    OK, here goes, this works for me. Even though my dining room table is not always large enough, I work from the center out when pining or basting. Once the center is stabilized I pull it whatever direction I need to go to finish the sides, top and bottom. Remember to put something on the table to protect it from pins and needles.

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    I use the kitchen table too. It has two leaves and is pretty long, of course not wide enough; but I make it work as the floor and knees are not for me.

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