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Thread: Sandwiching and pinning suggestions

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    Sandwiching and pinning suggestions

    I finished my quilt top!!!! YIPPEE!!! Of course that means I am now ready to press the top, cut the backing and batting, sandwich and pin. Does anyone have an easier solution than crawling around on the floor? Is there an easy way to accomplish this when tabletop and floor space are limited? I have looked at the wonderful pictures of many of your sewing rooms...and it doesn't seem like many of you have an open area in the center of the room to crawl around the floor to do your pinning. Is there a small space technique?
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    Lin

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    I would like to see some of the answers to this one also. I have no sewing room to begin with and I cannot get down on the floor (If I ever did, I'd be stuck there forever!) So usually have my sweet GD crawl around for me. I would like to be able to do the putting together myself so will be following this thread to see what you wonderful gals can come up with
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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Size:  136.1 KBI have a long hallway I use bulletin board tacks to tack it up here is one I was working on. No crawling around.

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    I sandwich and baste on my cutting table, which is my old dining room table. I baste one quarter at a time, with the excess hanging over the edge. Once one segment is basted, I scootch the whole thing over, make sure all the layers are flat and proceed with the next section. I never get puckers or wrinkles, and have been doing this for many years.

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    I have been having a horrible time getting my quilt to STAY on my cutting table! As soon as there is any portion dangling over the edge the weight pulls the whole quilt and it slides off the table. I have had to place something heavy on the quilt to keep it on the table...a real pain in the tush as frequently as I have needed to move the quilt. Maybe my table is too smooth/shiny? It is like a laminate type material...

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    i have seen a method where you roll each layer on a l" by 3" board. you unroll each layer just a little at a time, and pin as you go. you get it all smooth and neat as you go.

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    I do mine on my queensized bed. I get one side lined and pinned. Then I work toward the center. Then I ask DH to help me move it carefully to another section. When all is pinned we hold it up and check back. I have no trouble with that. It is easier than the floor since I have replacement joints in my knees.

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    I crawl around on the floor....but my days doing this are numbered.
    I use blue painters tape to secure the backing, then sandwich it and pin.

    I do get puckers. On a large quilt i start the quilting in the center and double check as I go.
    smooth out and repin if I need to.

    I am looking at the photo in this thread. I like this idea. Can you explain in some more detail how this stays on the wall. Is there a header? I think my DH would not be happy if I was putting pin holes in the walls.
    Renea

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    LOL we live in a trailer so it is no big deal paint covers the little marks! I just use bulletin board tacks and but my backing up, then the batting and then the top pulling each taunt as I go it woks great for me. I do have to re position it as the wall is not always tall enough. That is what you see in the pic when I had moved it up to do the bottom part.

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    I bought the craft table from Joann's with a coupon. Height is good. Both sides fold down so table isn't very wide when stored. In my smaller place I would wheel it out into the front room, open both sides and work on my quilt. I stored it in y kitchen along one wall. I now have a sewing room and still love that I can fold down the sides and it is out of the way.

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