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Thread: Basting a quilt with boards

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    Watched the video of Sharon Shaumbers basting using boards. Seemed easy so I had my SO cut and sand two boards for me. Going to give it a try. Question, have any of you done this, how did you like it, and any tips I need to be aware of before I start?

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    I just did it. It seems to have worked out very well, have not FMQ it yet. It is a large quilt, so it took a few hours for me to get it done- but to avoid ripples and tucks, it will have been worth the time. The only tip I would give you is to thread up a few needles because it takes alot of thread, easier to have a few ready so you will not be constantly stopping to thread. Good luck.

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    Thanks, I will do that as with my eyes it takes me more than a few minutes to thread anything. I have been taping and pinning and that is so hard on my fingers and a pain in the butt taking them out as you quilt. I don't have the thread Sharon was using but I do have some heavy hand quilting thread I thought might work just as well.

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    I bought doll making needles to use for basting needles and I can use cheap crochet thread to baste with. The doll making needles are between 3 and 4 inches long and have a big eye so they're easy to thread.

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    I have used this method with great success. I use regular thread and have not had a problem. I do have 2 sets of boards so I can baste different sizes of quilts. The longer needles help make quick work of, what I find to be, a tedious job.

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    Would you please post a link to this video? TIA.
    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Watched the video of Sharon Shaumbers basting using boards. Seemed easy so I had my SO cut and sand two boards for me. Going to give it a try. Question, have any of you done this, how did you like it, and any tips I need to be aware of before I start?

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    I did not use the thread Sharon used. I used wash away thread so I do not have to pick it out or risk tearing stitches of quilting. When the quilt is done I just wash and the thread is gone.

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    I would also like a link to the site.

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    In your search bar at the top of your screen (for me it is Google) type in Sharon Schamber's board basting. That is how I get there.

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    I don't use the boards, but I use the herringbone basting technique from that video and like it a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GagaSmith
    I would also like a link to the site.
    Go to youtube.com Put Sharon Schamber in the search bar.

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    I Google Sharon Schamber's Board basting.

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    Have tried it for a large lap quilt and it worked out really well...very easy to baste with no wrinkles. Just make sure as you are rolling it around the boards that you keep it nice and flat.
    Now I have a queen size to do...I may need help at the other end as my arms aren't long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramofone
    Have tried it for a large lap quilt and it worked out really well...very easy to baste with no wrinkles. Just make sure as you are rolling it around the boards that you keep it nice and flat.
    Now I have a queen size to do...I may need help at the other end as my arms aren't long enough.
    I have one queen size ready to do now and another one coming up.

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    This is what I do too, and I like it. My mother has severe arthritis in her hands and I've recommended she do this when she does her first sandwich instead of trying to manage little pins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lobster
    I don't use the boards, but I use the herringbone basting technique from that video and like it a lot.

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    I did it recently with a quilt that I'm quilting now. LOVE THIS METHOD!! I've never liked safety pins, have always been a baster, but never had a good enough place to lay a quilt out to baste on the floor with the "tape down" method.

    The boards kept my fabric nice, flat and even. The herringbone stitches keeps everything in place nicely - no shifting at all. Absolutely love this method.

    I use YLI wash-away thread so I don't have to worry about sewing over basting threads, or stopping to pick them out before I sew over them. However, the next time I baste a quilt, I'm going to do it from the back of the quilt so the large herringbone stitches are on the back and the smaller horizontal stitches are on the front. The reason is that my open toe foot likes to catch the basting stitches - I can avoid much more of that if I baste from the back I think.

    Now I need to find a large enough table and long enough boards for my 120 x 120 quilt. Hmmmmmm ......

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    did you have someone help at the other end? Any suggestions for queen size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramofone
    did you have someone help at the other end? Any suggestions for queen size?
    I didn't, but the quilt I did it to is only 50" wide. If/when I do the king size, or probably even a queen ... I'll try it first but it would probably be best with another pair of hands.

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