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Thread: Question about Sharon Schamber's method for basting a quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by haylillan View Post
    check out " thread basting my quilt sandwich for FMQ " by azwendyg here on the board
    The link and pictures were helpful. Definitely the Sharon Schamber method...and she definitely needed a couple of tables to make it work.

    I don't even have a room big enough for that, let alone the tables (which could be purchased more easily than the room LOL).

    Thanks for your post.
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    The tables that fold in the middle are easy to store and move. They are inexpensive too for the value. I like the ones at Lowes. They are a better quality table if you use plan on using them a lot and won't vibrate if used for a sewing table.
    Got fabric?

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    My DD and I use Sharon Shamber's method for all of our quilts. We use folding plastic tables. Mine were purchased at Costco but I think I have also seen similar tables at Walmart. For larger quilts we use two 30" x70" tables (when the tables are folded out) and for smaller quilts two plastic tables 24"x48" butted up to each other. We do not thread and needle baste, we use quilter's safety pins or Pinmoors. The boards we use are 8 feet long. But 10 or 12 foot boards can be purchased. With two people pinning the process goes quickly.


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    I'm bringing up this older thread to see if anyone can help me decide on the size of my boards to baste with. My DS found some boards for me to use and needs to know what length to cut them to. I would love to have two sets: one for baby size quilts and one for up to a twin size. Thanks for your help with this!

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    I have 2 6foot boards. If they're 6 foot don't cut them. They are not hard to maneuver/flip.
    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I'm bringing up this older thread to see if anyone can help me decide on the size of my boards to baste with. My DS found some boards for me to use and needs to know what length to cut them to. I would love to have two sets: one for baby size quilts and one for up to a twin size. Thanks for your help with this!

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    My boards are 8 ft. You have to be careful when moving them, but I haven't knocked out a wall yet.
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    Thanks so much! DS will be cutting them for me now.

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    A couple of thoughts...if you don't have a table, could you use a conference table at your place of work (if you work), your local library or a church. And I saw another suggestion...instead of boards, use pool noodles. I don't know if they would be long enough. I have done this basting on a queen-sized quilt but I have a large, expandable dining room table. But I too, discovered spray basting and use that for free-motion on my Juki. I have also acquired a quilt frame for a Pfaff Hobby and don't need to baste at all with that.

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    Another option is a little off the wall but so very useful- go to a park with a covered picnic shelter. Push 2 tables together & have at it! I just bought two 12 foot 1x4" pine boards to do an over-sized queen & the park is my choice. Nice tables, good scenery & outdoors. My kind of day. The boards were sanded & dusted & store nicely in the garage. I have a mini van so transporting the boards is no problem. Also using the Schamber method, you can use rag ties to hold the rolled top, batting & backing together if for some reason you don't get it all basted. Once layered this way- things are really portable.
    Good luck
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    I LOVE the Sharon Schamber method... It does take a bit of maneuvering with a large quilt..but it is WORTH IT!! I can't sit/crawl on the floor anymore and her method makes it possible. I have space for an 8' plastic table with folding legs, and I bought 8' boards. DH recently bought a 6' table and 6' boards for the smaller quilts. But if you don't have room, the conference table at the library or church or even a business would work. In a few hours, you'll have a basted quilt...bring a friend and the work goes more quickly! Good luck!
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