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Thread: Pin basting without destroying your back

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    As one who is too old and disabled to get on the floor to quilt, I recommend other methods. At our senior center, quilters push several tables together to get a surface large enough to pin a large quilt, beginning by taping the backing down flat. My habit came to be that I would pin one side until I could remove the first table, continue 'nibbling' away at the pinning work, removing tables as I went.

    Now that I am generally not up to joining everyone at the weekly quilting session, my DH got me a folding utility table. Someone, I don't recall who or where, suggested using a pair of long boards to form a sorta quilt frame. I asked the DH to buy me 2 borads and sand them nicely for me. He did one, saying it should be enough. Grumble.

    I carefully lay out and smooth about 2' of quilt sandwich. I pin about a foot, but the board in place, then roll it up with the quilt as I go from there. I never have to deal with more than about 18" of quilt at a time. The board and folding table fit nicely by my desk when not in use. Most importantly, my back does not get any worse.

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    what a wonderful suggestion, last week I did my first quilting (previously sent out) and I was saying some very not so nice ladylike words - AND my back and knees were screaming - BF has a wonderful project in store for him - so glad this is working for you! Thanks for sharing!

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    That's Sharon Schamber's method.
    Here's the video showing how she does it:
    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_EjBGz5vGQ

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    I just watched and I love the ease with which she does this - you 2 ladies will never know how much I appreciate this! It has been bookmarked for forever! ps my back and knees thank you too! :)

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    I have recently discovered spray basting and will never pin baste again. It is just so much easier on my back, and so fast. I can do a large lap size quilt in under 10 minutes! All done and ready to quilt. Another one of the amazing things you learn on this board!

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    At first when I read the topic I thought you meant back as in back of the quilt! I kept reading the original post thinking "but how does this relate to not ruining the backing?"

    Then it dawned on me...LOL :XD:

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    I just watched the S.S. videos on basting! WOW! What a neat way to sandwich all 3 layers together. I can totally see how your quilt will be much more secure than the dreaded safety pins! I love doing handwork so this won't be a dreaded task for me. If it looks that nice with basting I can see where it will definitely make a better finished product.
    Thank you so much for posting these videos!! My back is very greatful to you!

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    thanks for the links

    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    That's Sharon Schamber's method.
    Here's the video showing how she does it:
    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_EjBGz5vGQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    That's Sharon Schamber's method.
    Here's the video showing how she does it:
    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_EjBGz5vGQ
    That's the method I've been using and it's wonderful :thumbup:

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    I really like the looks of this spray basting technique of Patsy Thompson's.
    http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/free-video/. Second video.

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