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Thread: Ideas on where and how you sandwich your quilts

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    Lightbulb Ideas on where and how you sandwich your quilts

    I have a great quilting area in the basement.! My design board is a flannel bed sheet and I have a great table for cutting. It was my dining room table with 2 leafs that sits 10. I have everything I need but I still have trouble finding the best way to sandwich my quilts. Sometimes if they are small enough I can do them on the cutting table. Or if they are 48x60 I can add 2 folding tables around my cutting table and use that, since I need room to tape down my backing.

    I have a 60x80 and a 97x114 quilt to sandwich and I can't seem to figure a way to tape it down except for on the hard tile floor and get on my knees. I'm not young anymore and it's getting difficult to be on my knees. Any suggestions on how you sandwich your larger quilts?

    I know, I know, I can stick to smaller quilts, but sometimes I just get ahead of myself because I love scrap quilts and my creations can get larger than anticipated.
    Any advise?
    Roz

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    I've never taped down a quilt. just adjust them as I pin them, make sure everything is straight as I go. Just keep pulling them straight as I go. I also have a large dining table that seats 10 and that is what I use.

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    I just use my cutting table and put my batting down, first. I use Warm & White/Natural, so it pretty much stays put, even when part is hanging off of my cutting table. When I feel it needs more support, I adjust the ironing board to the proper height, and push it next to the table. Then I use Elmer's School Glue on the batting, and smooth my quilt top over it, half at a time. When one half is set (dry enough not to shift, which is pretty quick), I slide it over and do the other half. After both halves have set, I flip the whole thing over and do the same with the backing.
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    I've never used Elmer's glue before but I hear a lot on the board that do. I must try it sometime. Sounds very interesting .
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    Using Elmers glue sounds messy! how do you use it and keep it from getting messy on your fabric?

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    A friend recently sent me this link by Sharon Schamber...it may assist you. The method does not use pins, glue, or tape!

    If the link does not open, copy & paste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

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    I have done quilts and used my biggest table and started at the middle taping the back down then put the batting then the top and just do the part in the middle then move it and tape and start all over on each end works pretty good

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    I can use the floor in my sewing room. There is space enough for this process. I've heard from others, that they can use a community room like from the church or their kids shool sports hall for very big quilts.

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    I use my big dinning table. I put two safety pins in the center of the backing on the outside. Lay the backing on the table with the pins in the center. I then use big paper clips on the edge of the table all the way around to hold the backing in place and keep it a little taunt. I find the center of my batting and put that on top of pins. I can feel them on the backing. Then center the top on the sandwich. I use my office chair with wheels and wheel around the table pinning. When I get all that pinned, I undo the clips and move the quilt. If I need to clip some of the quilt that is pinned, I put the clips over all three layers and then flip up the top and batting that is not pinned, check the backing and proceed to clip the rest. I have done king size quilts this way. Hope this makes sense.

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    Go to YouTube/ Katie Amelie. She has a video that shows how to sandwich a large quilt on a small table. Really good video There are others ideas off to the side also. I would definitely check it out. No taping.

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