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Thread: Basting a large quilt

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    For those that still use a hoop or small frame to quilt. Where do you baste your larger quilts. I use to get on the floor, but since I broke my leg last year I can't do that anymore and my table is not big enough. Curious as to where you stretch your large quilts to baste. If I had access to a facility that had large tables I could put togethr, I would got that route.

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    I am still a floor baster and it is always the part of I dislike the most. Many longarmers will baste a quilt for you. The only other option I can think of is if your LQS has table space for that. If you have a handy DH perhaps he can set up some plywood sheets for you on sawhorses?

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    I use my bed. I have very bad knees can't get on the floor. And if I could ost of my quilts would not fit on the floor (very small apartment) . Some times I drag out my cutting table and open it up all the way when no one is home.

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    Have you considered a church fellowship hall? Most have large tables you can put together. I have used ours to work on larger projects.

    Another suggestion would be the library. Some have separate rooms for study with large tables.

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    Can you stretch it tight enough on the bed? I have done that with smaller quilts but I have the large cardboard cutting board to put on top. Maybe I should just buy another one to cover the whole bed and that would give me the hard surface to tape or clamp too. I have thought about that.

    I use to have a LQS, I could go to and use their tables to baste. Once we moved don't have that option. At our LQS all but one lady are really rude. In fact I drive 30 to 45 min. to avoid our LQS.
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    I use my bed. I have very bad knees can't get on the floor. And if I could ost of my quilts would not fit on the floor (very small apartment) . Some times I drag out my cutting table and open it up all the way when no one is home.

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    I will definitely check out the library, had not thought about that. We just had a new one built about 1/2 mile from us. Thanks for all the great ideas.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    Have you considered a church fellowship hall? Most have large tables you can put together. I have used ours to work on larger projects.

    Another suggestion would be the library. Some have separate rooms for study with large tables.

    Deara

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    here I could go to our community center and do it. If there is anything like that near you, you could try that.
    Or maybe a church hall, they are good about letting that be used also.
    also plywood placed on top of a bed will work.

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    I will be picking up a Grace EZ three pole no basting frame today! It's the best way to baste a quilt. I don't have to stretch the backing or worry about it being straight and I can sit while doing it. It's out of the way if it takes me a few days to get it basted. I had this frame before and I loaned it to a co-worker's wife. They divorced, moved away, and the frame disappeared. :? Water under the bridge. I found one for sale for $50! One of the situations where Mother in law died and family members don't quilt, selling house. Check out Sharon Schamber's online video of her sitting method of how to baste a quilt. I've been doing that and it's much better then the floor or bed basting.

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    Fire hall is where I take mine to stretch them on my home made stretcher bars made from 1"X2" with upholstery binding attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    Can you stretch it tight enough on the bed? I have done that with smaller quilts but I have the large cardboard cutting board to put on top. Maybe I should just buy another one to cover the whole bed and that would give me the hard surface to tape or clamp too. I have thought about that.

    I use to have a LQS, I could go to and use their tables to baste. Once we moved don't have that option. At our LQS all but one lady are really rude. In fact I drive 30 to 45 min. to avoid our LQS.
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    I use my bed. I have very bad knees can't get on the floor. And if I could ost of my quilts would not fit on the floor (very small apartment) . Some times I drag out my cutting table and open it up all the way when no one is home.
    I have a large wood board I puton the bed and a very heavy mattress helps with the tension.

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    I used to use a large folding picnic table. clip the quilt onto the edges and baste the center, then move it and baste the sides. I used large binding clips till my hands wouldn't work them anymore. then i got the curved ones from Quilt In A Day and used a different table.
    now i spray baste or use fusible batting.

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    I love this board, I really appreciate all the great ideas.

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    Like nativetexan I baste in sections. I have a cutting table and it is only about 36 in wide so I clip the quilt around the middle part first, pin then move it to the edges, clip and pin each side. It has always worked for me.
    The plastic clips are the right size for the table and I also use the big black clips that you can get at the dollar store.
    I use the bent pins also. Twin size is the biggest I have done, mostly only lap size. I send out my larger quilts for quilting by a longarmer.

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    I am lucky that DH is a pastor at our church, which happens to be really really close and he has keys. We go to the church and push tables together and SPRAY baste!

    I used to do it on the floor. You can do it in sections on a dining room table. I know people that use an old ping pong table, those are pretty good sized.
    Maybe you would want to invest in a pair of adjustable tables from Costco or something that you could store in the garage(folded up) and move to the driveway when needed.

    The plywood on the bed sounds like a good idea.

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    Ok I am different. I use the wall in the hallway! Using poster board tacks to hold it at the top. It is the only place big enough.
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    I either take my stuff to the local Eagles hall (where my mom is a member) and move a couple tables together to baste on or I go to the library. It is about the only time that I get to leave the house ALONE!!

    You could also try the VFW.

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    You have a wall with enough room to put something on it? lucky you. i can't make a design wall anywhere! sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    You have a wall with enough room to put something on it? lucky you. i can't make a design wall anywhere! sigh.
    I live in a trailer, Hall is all I have! I just take the pictures down before I start pinning things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I am still a floor baster and it is always the part of I dislike the most. Many longarmers will baste a quilt for you. The only other option I can think of is if your LQS has table space for that. If you have a handy DH perhaps he can set up some plywood sheets for you on sawhorses?
    I have done the plywood on sawhorses, cuz no way, can I get on the floor, but, am starting to quilt in sections, bc this is still hard on the body.
    I have a bum knee too...floors are out, after an injury.
    sorry, you found that out!

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    OMG, way to go. I bet that is easier on your back than bending over.

    You guys have given me such great ideas. I Also use those big black clips. I think I can use my cardboard cutting board and lay it on the bed and center it and clip it to it. I will move it after I get the center basted and baste the borders after it is stable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Ok I am different. I use the wall in the hallway! Using poster board tacks to hold it at the top. It is the only place big enough.

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    I know what you mean. When my knee went bad I pieced a bunch of quilts but couldn't put them together. Isn't it frustrating. My knee is better after surgery, but now I have a bunch of quilt tops to put together.

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    My diningroom table is just wood - not a "glossy" piece of furniture, so I can use that. I tape the edges that are currently on top of the table. The weight of the fabric pulls the rest of the quilt pretty smooth and taut.

    [IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k.../woolbatt1.jpg[/IMG]

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    Cathie, thanks for the visual. Do you just keep moving it as you baste an area.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    My diningroom table is just wood - not a "glossy" piece of furniture, so I can use that. I tape the edges that are currently on top of the table. The weight of the fabric pulls the rest of the quilt pretty smooth and taut.

    [IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k.../woolbatt1.jpg[/IMG]

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    I need to try that. It would be so much easier on my knees.

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    Ok I am different. I use the wall in the hallway! Using poster board tacks to hold it at the top. It is the only place big enough.
    You know, I've thought about doing it that way..on the wall, but thought someone would think I was nuts!
    Glad I'm not the ONLY one who thought about doing it this way. Seems like it was be easier, if you ask me!

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