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Thread: Making Sandwiches ... the Quilt Kind!!!!

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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    Making Sandwiches ... the Quilt Kind!!!!

    How do you make your sandwiches?

    The most common way now, I'm thinking, is probably on a table.
    I like it and have had good success. Though it is limiting, as the table is only so big! To get more tables and then the storage issue, I am not really keen.

    I'm contemplating "on the wall" sandwiches.

    Have read about them and understand the how to's.
    ... though am wondering is it a good way to go?
    The pros, obviously deal with the lack of table space.
    However, I am wondering what all can go wrong?
    And how to prevent that?
    Or what else I need to know before trying a wall sandwich.
    ............ Or is it even a road I should want to go down ... or avoid?

    I'm hoping some experienced sandwich makers can share their experiences and insights to this wannabe!

    And too, I'm open to other sandwiching techniques!
    Please do share!!

    THANK YOU!!!!
    Last edited by QuiltE; 01-25-2013 at 07:24 AM.
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!

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    Senior Member Donnamarie's Avatar
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    I always sandwich my quilts on a table top. Even if it is too small, you can work in sections. I lie the backing wrong side up and tape the edges so it is somewhat taunt. Then I lie the batting down, flatten out with a yard stick, and the same for the front. Always smooth out everything before you begin to pin (or baste). Not sure how you would do that on a wall. Good luck!

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    Power Poster gabeway's Avatar
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    Kansas City, MO
    I tried on the wall but didn't like it do do it on table.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    I make mine on a 6' banquet style table I have, although I could also use my dining room table if I wanted to and not have to set up the folding one. I've never used more than the one at a time, I just do it in sections, starting in the middle of the quilt top. I've always thread basted, but the last one I did, I completely glue basted with Elmer's School glue and let it dry for about an hour in between sections. No pins, no needle and thread, easy as can be, and even accounting for the drying time, still quicker for me than thread basting like I used to do. I just finished quilting it, and it's so nice and smooth on both sides, didn't gum up my machine needle and I just went and bought a whole bunch more glue. Never going back to my old way. :-)

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    Louisville, KY
    I'm not sure about the wall either. I use my sewing table to make the sandwich. I have two tables, one for cutting and storing FQs, the other for ironing, and basting.

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    I'm fortunate in having a wide passthrough between kitchen and dining room - probably should have been a breakfast bar, but I have a large cutting mat on it and use that for sandwiching...tape the backing wrong side up, add batting and top, pin then move the whole thing up to do the next section.

    have been wanting to try the wall technique but this one works so well haven't tried the other. The weight of the fabric below will keep the fabric taut. Disadvantage is the possibility that spray adhesive can get on walls and floor - but newspaper taped to wall and to floor can handle that.

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    I have a large peice of plywood on my 6 ft banquet table. I use binding clips to hold the backing and also use spray basting instead of pins. Also I start my sandwiching on a side edge instead of the middle. That way I only usually have to move it 1 time. You just have to make sure that there is enough backing for the quilt. I can not see how you van get all the layers smooth if hanging on a wall.

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    Super Member Anael's Avatar
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    I tape the backing to the floor of my spare bedroom, tape batting on top of backing and top on top of backing, use lots of pins and remove the tape very carefully. For small quilts I use my dining table which is quite large.
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat

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    I tried the wall method with a queen size quilt. It did not work for me. Maybe if I had a helper or used different batting. I used a wool blend batting and the 'stretch' of that was difficult to get it to hang straight. I eventually had to call it quits and use tables.

    If it is a large bed size quilt, I will use to banquet tables. I actually place pieces of poster board over the 'join' of the tables. (My tables have rounded edges which leaves a slight gap along the edge where they meet. I will then use either basting spray or saftey pins to baste everything on the top of the tables. Once the center is done, I shift the quilt to reach the other areas.

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    Super Member dublb's Avatar
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    First QE I will say that my PC quilt will be my first large quilt, so I can't say much about how large quilts can be done on the wall. However I do all my quilts on the wall, & I use wool battin' for everythin'. I used ta put the newspaper up on the wall first but have just become way too lazy for that. The wall needs ta be painted anyway. (Once I paint it I will start protectin' it again.) It takes me 1/3 o' the time on the wall. I can find the link ta instructions if ya need 'em.
    My initials are BB, so dublb is double B.

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