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Thread: Craigslist quilting frames

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    Craigslist quilting frames

    Can anyone make heads or tails of these? I'm tempted to call about them because the price is so low, but I can't even identify them!
    http://louisville.craigslist.org/for/2874871714.html

    Thanks for looking and anything you can add.
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    Very low cost and your seller knows nothing about them. Buyer beware. Maybe some folks on the list can be more helpful in identifying the pieces to see if everything you need is actually there....my guess is no, but I don't use a frame for quilting (though I do have one).
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    Can't tell from the pics, but looks like it's missing pieces. ???? Maybe someone else can tell better from the photos.
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    Yeah...I thought the bundles looked sort of skinny.
    I might still go take a look at them and see if I can figure it out.
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    good luck, dixie_fried ! Hope you find a great deal!!
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    They look like they are a hand quilting frame. The quilt would be stitched to the fabric.
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    For $15, I would take the chance. The frames could be missing pieces, but, worst case, you have firewood.

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    I don't know a lot about quilting frames but I believe these frames were hung from the ceiling and quilters sat around the edges of it and then when need be, it could be raised back towards the ceiling to get it out of the way of everyday living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I don't know a lot about quilting frames but I believe these frames were hung from the ceiling and quilters sat around the edges of it and then when need be, it could be raised back towards the ceiling to get it out of the way of everyday living.
    Yep! The seller says they have "metal hanging pieces"....
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    I think I HAVE to buy them now. They might have some historical value.
    I have an acquaintance who volunteers at a textile museum.
    If nothing else, I will see if they could use them.


    ETA: thanks for all the replies! I knew I could count on you all!
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    My grandma told me when she was a little girl, that her little brother set a broom on fire, and then ran through the house and caught her grandma's hanging quilting frame on fire.

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    Yep, I'd grab them up too...

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    Crossing my fingers she still has them in the morning. I found the ad too late to call tonight.
    I have an idea of how I might use one as a sort of canopy/headboard in our spare room...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dixie_fried View Post
    Can anyone make heads or tails of these? I'm tempted to call about them because the price is so low, but I can't even identify them!
    http://louisville.craigslist.org/for/2874871714.html

    Thanks for looking and anything you can add.
    I didn't see any uprights for the ends----------maybe they were not shown
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    This had to be a hanging quilting frame.....they hung from the ceiling and were ratcheted up to the ceiling when not in use. There's no historical value, probably, as there were hundreds and hundreds of these things all over the US, used as recently as the 1980s that I personally saw in Alabama and Oklahoma.

    If you have chairs with a back that isn't rounded or that have a short ladder back, then you also use those to support the frame instead of hanging it.

    See if you can get it for less; I wouldn't pay even $15 if I could help it.

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    It looks like it is just the poles with the leaders attached. But no frame or anything.

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    oops! just saw Jan's reply. I wonder how they work?

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    Wow, call on them! make sure that they are all there. I don't see the legs in the pictures. I just bought a new one for $130.00. It took about an hour and 2 arguments with the DH to get it assembled, but worth it. Ask if the instructions are included. That is a terific price.
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    I hope you are able to get it.

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    It looks to me like the kind that you do hand quilting with. It looks like mine when taken down.
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    My mother had some that hung from the ceiling, there was 4 planks to each set you put quilt on two and as you hand quilted you rolled to get to the next row to hand quilt.Big nails droped in the end to hold it as you rolled.there was small nails to attach your quilt to.it hung from ceiling and was rolled up on ropes when not in use.

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    I would by them just for the length of the wood. I would try wrapping my batting, undercloth and top around each to keep it tight just to pin using a counter. My floor right now isn't big enough for my kingsize with the furniture in it. So just have not put it together. Last night I laid out another quilt, taped the bottom to the floor. Put on the batting smoothed it and the top and started pinning. When I folded it all up the bottom wasn't really that flat and had wrinkles in it already. I need help. - So I would try that for 15$. -- J

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    home made and similar to all that were used years ago. couldn't make them for that. nice leaders she has on them. will you use it? or is it a "collecter" item.

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    Those are like the ones I use, only ours sits on stands we built for them. Material is pinned to them, backing first, facing down, batting, then the quilted top. We tie ours mostly because doing them for veterans and get a lot done faster. Prefer tied quilts anyway. Corners are clamped together with whatever works for you. I like the big clamps you squeeze to open up and clamp top board to bottom. This gives you a large square frame, adjusted to the size you need for your quilt. As outside squares are tied off, one can unhook clamp and roll the done piece up so they can reach more of the quilt to tie. We have 10 of these we set up when we have a "quiltarobics" at a local retirement home. People there loved tieing them off, or "tieing one on as we put it". Back in times past, lots of times the frames were put on backs of four chairs at the corners. I have heard of the hanging ones though. As was mentioned, hung from ceiling and pulled up out of the way when not being worked on.
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    yes, they are hanging frames and well worth more than $15...just go price GOOD wood these days! and the canvas leaders are already attached and the hardware is there....you can't beat that price!

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