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Thread: ARG! Need some advise/tips

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    I use the top of our pinging table! Love it for the large quilts.

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    I hear you on basting spray not being in the budget Keep an eye out if you have a JoAnn's or Hancocks, every once in a while I'm able to pick up a can for less than $5 using a coupon. And once in a blue moon it will show up at my Wal-mart for $4! These days I'm literally saving my pennies for quilting goods lol oh to have disposable income again lol someday

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    I have one of the craft tables similar to the one available at JoAnn's that the sides fold down. Use it for cutting, ironing, everything. As others in this thread have said, center the backing, clamp with the binder/bulldog clips from the office supply stores. I use 3 on each long side and 2 on each short end. Smooth, clamp. Lay out the batting, smooth, start in the middle of one of the long sides; unclamp first layer and then use same clamp in same position for the 2 layers. Repeat process with the top. I then usually pin baste but it it's a king will sometimes thread baste to keep the weight down. Then just reposition as necessary until the whole top is basted. Sometimes takes some time but I'm not on my hands/knees and I'm not bending at all kinds of odd angles. Back and knees just won't take that kind of abuse.

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    I can't get down on the floor to baste. I use my ironing board over which I have placed a 4 x 6' sheet of plywood. I clamp the backing tautly to the plywood, spread the batting smoothly, and then put the top on, and clamp it all around. No puckers or wrinkles and no hurt back or knees.

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    Ask if you can use the space in a church, library, school or other local building that has large tables. I do this and most are very accommodating and then I can tape my back down smoothly, continue layering and then I pin baste. My quilt guild actually meets for a work day at the local library and we can layer many quilts in the space they allow us to use. Some work on the floor, others on tables.

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    Last week I stripped our king size bed down to the mattress pad to wash the sheets. I was getting ready to sandwich a quilt and since my sewing area is in our master bedroom, I just used our bed to lay it out, backing fabric first. As I began to pull the backing fabric into position I realized it flat out wasn't going to move unless I lifted it up and repositioned the entire piece of fabric! The mattress pad is vinyl backed and has a knit tricot top to it, so it was holding the fabric in place. I then just pulled at the four sides until the fabric was stretched nice and smooth, then sprayed (505 spray) one side of the batting, smoothed it onto the backing fabric, then sprayed the top of the batting and smoothed on the quilt top. It worked PERFECTLY! Now I'll be sure to save up my sandwiching for the days I wash just the sheets!
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    I have 2 of those cardboard cutting mats. Place these sideside on the bed and lay out my quilt there to pin baste. I can push pins into the backing to keep them flat as I put the layers together. Plus, I don't have to get on the floor, or should I say try to get UP.

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    I used Sharon's method with basting spray. The boards really worked well to control the fabric and work with it. And it is a sit down method! Any little thing to save my poor body.

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    if you have a table that you can tape the edges of the backing (i have to tape under the edge of the roll around table I have) you can tape it and baste from there. That is what I do. hope it helps.
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    I wish there was a service somewhere just for basting quilts. So many of us have small apartments or no wall space or large table. They could either just hand baste or put in the safety pins, or any other way the customer wanted. I think this would be a good business for someone.!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    Ah yes, spray glue. Not in my budget lately, but that is a great idea!
    Elmers washable school glue will work and washes out. Not expensive.

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    You can do this on a table you lay half the back on the table other half hang off the edge then layer the batting and top the same way. Pin this part now slide it so you can do some more on this half when done do the other half it sure makes it easier than wrestling the whole quilt.

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    I use my floor or my diningroom table. I do spraybaste. You can get it 1/2 off at JoAnn with a coupon right now. Also Wal-Mart has it too.

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    Most long armers will do it for you for a very minimal charge. I would check and see if you can find one near you.

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    I don't have space either and animals that love to walk all over the fabric. I put my cats in my sewing room and put the dog in the bedroom with closed doors. I then quick vaceum my floor and then go to work taping down my quilt . Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    Ah yes, spray glue. Not in my budget lately, but that is a great idea!
    Elmer's washable school glue in a spray bottle with just enough water to make it spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msariano View Post
    I wish there was a service somewhere just for basting quilts. So many of us have small apartments or no wall space or large table. They could either just hand baste or put in the safety pins, or any other way the customer wanted. I think this would be a good business for someone.!!
    Long arm quilters can baste on their machines for you.
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    Look up Sharon Schambers website on google and watch the video on how she does her basting. You can do it on your dining room table and it works brilliantly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    you can baste a king size quilt on a card table. Just center each piece then baste that section; pull the next unbasted section over the card table. Then pull right, left, top bottom and baste until all is completed. No need to lay it out full on the floor or table.
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    do you have a decent size kitchen/dinning room table.....
    that is all you need....
    that and Elmers School glue...
    yes it can be done....
    my sandwichs come out as smooth as glass...
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