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Thread: Using a quilting frame

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    I just started quilting and I am now at the point where I start to put the quilt together. Using a quilting frame where should I begin and where should I pin the 3 layers together at?

    Miranda

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    if you are thread basting or using pins I suggest about every 4 inches, I prefer the basting spray myself and I like to begin quilting in the middle and work my way out

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    Kathy, Do you use basting spray even on large quilts? I've used it for table runners but when I used it on a larger quilt, the backing didn't stay smooth. I sprayed both the quilt top and the backing fabric. Do you know what I might have done wrong? Thanks for any ideas.

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    Minda, I just finished a queen size last knight. If your backing is smooth when you put the batting on it and you use enough spray, it should stay smooth. You may put a safety pin here and there around the edge so you don't tear it loose while handling it. Good luck.

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    Thanks Kathy, I'll try it on my next quilt.

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    Miranda,

    This is the part of quilting that always vexes me - but I've found the adhesive batting works really well. I didn't have to use nearly as many pins and I could reposition it by spritzing it with water.

    Good luck,

    Lisa

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    My quilting frame has 3 bars and I don't have to baste the quilt together. The top layer, batting and the backing are each on a separate piece of pipe that rolls up smoothly and when you finish quilting a section you just roll it up and the 3 layers are lined up together. You should have instructions on how to prepare you quilt to go on the frame.
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    i am thinking with different frames like the kind grandma used [would start at one end ]and a hoop you would start in the center and work out

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    I had difficulty layering large quuilts. Finally bought a used Grace Z44 frame like Grandma used to use. My main purpose for it is just layering those large quilts. Really works well. Maybe I'll try quilting on it one of these days like Grandma did. I can fold it up and put it behind the couch when I am not using it.
    An old saying that nothing is perfect in God's World justifies any mistake I make in my quilts, some on purpose and some by accident..

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    Hmm, being that the OP was in 2006, I hope it got figured out. Strange thing, I found, when I clicked on OP name to view profile.....unusual statement appeared.

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