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Old 04-03-2007, 12:45 AM
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:36 AM
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Boo: the new curved safety pins work great too. I sometimes use the spray and then throw in a few safety pins also if its a big quilt. The spray stuff keeps it from slipping long enough to get 'er pinned. My table isn't that big--an oval unfortunately, and the floor too kills my knees. Brings back childhood memories of being punnished on my knees, probably for sassing, but don't really emember. But I remember how my knees hurt! :lol:
Like you said, if you use a table, start in the middle of the quilt and go from htere, when you are ready to do the sides, use the chairs to keep the rest of it off the floor.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:46 PM
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I pin on my dining room table and I put my rotary cutting mat underneath to protect my table. If your table is not big enough you can buy two folding rectangle tables and put them side by side - that might set you back about $150-$200.

You can also purchase knee pads to make kneeling A LOT more comfortable - or get that foam thing that I've seen in gardening catalogs that you can kneel on - or just get a piece of foam from JoAnn's.

I use really large safety pins - but I've seen a method advertised in some quilting catalogs that looks like it might be cool - it uses one of those "guns" and those plastic strips to baste your quilt - it reminds me of the "gun" i used when I worked in a retail clothing store as a kid - to put those plastic strips through the clothing to attach the price tag - I think www.keepsakequilting.com sells them and I was thinking about getting one - it seems a lot easier than pinning -but you would have to CUT each one off - which might be a pain.
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:12 AM
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I put a piece of plywood on top of my dining room table (which already has a table cloth on it) and use many, many binder clips to secure the quilt to the plywood. That way I don't damage the table and if I don't get my quilt completely pinned before mealtime, I can just move it without fear that the quilt will shift.

If I'm making a really large quilt, I divide it into quarters and pin a quarter at a time starting at the center of the quilt and work my way out.
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:54 AM
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I can't do the kneeling anymore either, I have carpets, but have to use the table. It works except I have to clear it away to cook and all. Want that travel trailer to build out like Norah's, oh, I want it badly. I'm watching the sales, maybe someday...

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Old 04-06-2007, 05:32 AM
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Hi I use the dinning table now and bast spray, I diid not think about binder grips thoough, what a great idea. I live alone and my dinning table si now permentaly a cutting table. I just throw a big table cloth over it when I am having company and away we go! QN/Daphne
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:33 AM
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I too use a table outside on my porch that is attached to my trailer. I'm lucky I live in Tucson AZ. so the weather permits to do this all year round. I use a folding table one of those long ones. Question where did you find your cat applique. Can you point to a place I might find them for free. (SS) is not much these days. Lois C
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:42 PM
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Ruth your dog picture is precious. I just had to let you know that.

I like the spray also to lay my quilts and batting out. So much easier to pin them.

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Old 04-07-2007, 05:32 AM
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:D I go to my local library. Their tables are very large or even a local school might allow you to use their library or cafeteria tables as long as you didn't mind talking to kids who came in. Could be a good way to spread the word.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:30 AM
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I was lucky enough to pick up a table with 2 drop down sides for $20 from someone who gave me loads of fabric and batting (queen size, still in packages, 13 total). It is about the height of a kitchen counter, so works better than my table since it is higher. Larger quilts will hang over the sides and ends, but I also use the big binder clips and they work well. I also start from the center and work my way out. The table is on casters, so very easy to move out of the way if needed.
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