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Thread: pinning or basting of your quilt?

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    pinning or basting of your quilt?

    I have been quilting for about 10-15 years but not daily. Even put it away for years when the grkids came along. I have always pinned my quilt sandwich in the floor, but I am no longer able to do this due to various health problems. But I want to qet some tops finished. Does anyone have any suggestions so I won't kill myself to sandwich it??

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    I pin my quilt on a table. I find the center of the quilt and the batting and backing and I put a pin right there. Then I lay the quilt out on a table. I have a cutting table that folds down on both sides, but you could use a dining table or even a card table. I smooth out the layers and yes, sometimes the sides of the quilt hang over the edge. I just start pinning from the center out. I have had no problems with bunching at all.
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    I use a "banquet table." I bought it at "Smart and Final." It's your ordinary banquet table-brown on top, 6 feet by 2'. I use XL office clips you can get at Staples or Office Depot to hold the layers in place, usually starting with the center of the quilt on the center of the table. Once it's all pinned, remove clips and do the same for the remaining sides that need to be pinned. I can do most of it sitting, saving my back. you can also use PVC pipe or some kind of blocks (similar to ones you can use to raise a bed up) to make the table taller if you prefer to stand. I've done a lot of quilts this way--works for me!
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    i started using a folding picnic table to baste. later i got JoAnn's folding table. then i started using fusible batting, then spray baste, either Sulky or 505. both work great. Basting still takes time on the table but at least i don't have to get on the floor. Help me, I've fallen and can't get up!

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    Google the Sharon Schambers method of basting a quilt. She has her tutorials on Youtube. My DD and I used her method for the last quilt we finished. So much easier that getting down on the floor and pinning. Her tute shows her sandwiching a small quilt but it worked for our 70x70 quilt with a little practice.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I now pin baste unless I am hand quilting!!!!!!!!!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Thank you guys so much. With my back and knees acting older than I am, I was really having a problem.

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    I used to pin baste, but now I spray baste. ***SO*** much faster for me, with better results! I do this on the large tables at a community center, but it's also inexpensive to set up plywood over sawhorses in the driveway and do it outdoors (weather permitting).

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    We replaced our bedroom doors, so hubby put hinges on the old ones to make one large surface and I put them on our kitchen table to pin my quilts. When I'm done I take them apart and store them in the garage. Works great !!!

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    If you go to this site, watch the video, because it shows you how to baste without getting on the floor or table. This woman is amazing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UoUz...eature=related

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