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Thread: question to all those with handy husbands

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    I presume you are hand quilting with this frame. My Mothers frame was 2 X 2" boards. 4 boards about 6" longer that the widest quilt you will do. She stapled a strip of heavy material doubled along the edge hanging over 2" to pin the quilt to. You hold the corners together with C-Clamps. Open complete to pin or baste the lining down first, then the batting, topped with the top of the quilt
    You can prop the frame on chairs or hang from the ceiling. You then quilt from one side rolling the quilted section up as you go. THis keeps the quilt tight at all times. Wish I lived close I have 2 sets of frames.

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    If you go to the qsnap website www.qsnap.com you can buy just the clamps, prices range between five and ten dollars. This might be an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    I know that many of us on the board are blessed with sweet guys who build things for us to make our quilting easier and more fun.
    My dh is wanting to make a floor quilting frame for me much like the Q-Snap floor frame. We are on a tight budget and can't pay the 100.00 bucks at Joanns right now. He thinks he can make one for about 25.00.
    Anyway, has anyone's dh made a quilt frame for them that might share some insight as to what and how it was done? He is most stumped on being able cut PVC to clamp over the frame to hold the quilt in place.
    I have a small Q-Snap, so he can look at that one, but is still not sure how he might go about it.
    Maybe some of the ladies have some suggestions too. I know that we can come up with some very good ideas as well as the guys. Thanks to all,Gina
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    You can also glue the rubberized shelf liner inside the clamps for better grip...

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    Do you have a hot glue iron? run a ridge of hot glue along the insides of the clamp pieces to help hold them tight against the fabric.

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    Yes, you still need to baste the quilt before you quilt; just snip the section where you are going to quilt as you get to it. Also, you may know to release the pressure on the quilt at night. Also # 2. Hope there are no kitties at your house because -can you guess there their new-favorite nap spot will be? Been there, done that! Good luck. If you are short like I am, maybe your dh can shorten the legs so you won't have to stretch or strain while quilting.

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    My husband built me one from the ehow website. We had trouble finding the corner pieces that had the 3 openings and he contacted a PVC company and they sent us what we needed for free. I found inexpensive clamps from a Tractor Supply Store, put the felted furniture pads on them and they worked great. You could also use some small scraps of batting to protect your quilt.

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    As I read this topic I am hoping that when your dh does make this for you , you iwll come back with pictures to show us. Love giving my dh things to keep him busy.
    And then I read...do you baste....uhoh.....I never baste andnever will and I am a handquilter. I start the project in in the center of the Joann's pvc frame and then when I move it I go up, down, left , right and so on until I reach the edges....never a lump or bump in my quilts.
    Of course, I am the kind of handquilter who uses every shortcut possible and still come out with a nice finished project.
    Lots of good ideas and suggestions here.
    And all the links were good one. Thanks to all.
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    This was my thought on the best way to make it.

    Quote Originally Posted by riutzelj View Post
    Do you have a hot glue iron? run a ridge of hot glue along the insides of the clamp pieces to help hold them tight against the fabric.
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