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Thread: Pinning partially quilted quilt on a longarm frame

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    I would appreciate suggestions on a quilt I have sewn and quilted using my Babylock Ellisimo. I recently purchased a 2009 Gammill Classic Plus longarm and would like to pin and quilt the rest using the longarm.
    Since the quilt is already 3/4 completed, do I pin one side of the quilt to the top or back leader( or it doesn't matter which one) and the other side to the take up leader? I hope I haven't confused you and I welcome any suggestions.
    Robyn(Tracy,CA)

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    I wish I could help on that matter but I was curious for the answers. Good luck.:):):)

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    Pin a finished edge to the takeup/back leader. Pin the backing of the unfinished edge to the front/top leader and then you can adjust the batting and top as you continue to quilt. Pin a little beyond (toward the front) where you will be stitching through all three layer to help stabilize if you want. Otherwise just let the batting and top "float". In this situation you will not be using the leader that you would normally pin your backing to. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensleeves
    Pin a finished edge to the takeup/back leader. Pin the backing of the unfinished edge to the front/top leader and then you can adjust the batting and top as you continue to quilt. Pin a little beyond (toward the front) where you will be stitching through all three layer to help stabilize if you want. Otherwise just let the batting and top "float". In this situation you will not be using the leader that you would normally pin your backing to. Hope this helps.
    You may want to stabilize the quilt top first by basting with the LA down each side. I've found the side basting well worth the time with some quilts I've done.

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    that is exactly what you would do.

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    Thank you for your suggestions. I'll let you know how it worked out and how I pinned it. Of coarse, after getting off work and making dinner...
    Thank goodness for crock pots!!
    Robyn

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