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Thread: gravity system for makind quilt sandwich!

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    Senior Member borntoquilt's Avatar
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    Well ! I am down on the floor, again, making my quilt sandwich. (I am too old for this) Someone here uses a gravity system (I think it was in their garage!) where they put the backing on, (plywood! ?) then sprayed the batting down and just kept smoothing DOWN. Did the same with the quilt top and voila! It was all done standing up. Does this sound familiar to anyone or did I "DREAM" it. Can someone help me find directions, please?? Thanks! Happy Quilting !!!

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    I do this on my kitchen table(4'x6') and use large binder clips on the edges of the table. All measurements are made prior to spraying adhesive, but it works for me. I can't get on the floor either. Too much dust bunnies and my knees won't allow me to put my weight on them.

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    http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/2566

    Try this, it is a demonstration of sandwiching a quilt on the wall using basting spray.

    I go to the church (close and DH has keys) and push a couple of adjustable tables together.

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    I bought a big sheet of insulating foam board (very lightweight). I put this on two (lightweight) plastic sawhorses. Then lay the back (print side down facing the foam board, then I roll the batting and as I lay it on the wrong side of the backing fabric I spray and smooth the backing to the batting. Then do the pieced top the same way (spraying and rolling a small amount at a time). Has worked great for me and the sawhorses will fold away easily.

    Also, the quilt nor the batting ever slips so no need to pin at all and all the spray washes out once everything is done. Love it.

    Hope this helps. I totally understand as my knees are shot and I can't crawl around on them either.

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    I remember my aunt use to hang her backing on the outside clothesline and then the cotton batting and then the quilt top, all hung with the same clothespins. She would smooth and then roll the bottom of the sandwich on a two by four board up to the top about two thirds. She would then pin (I think) the board in place and baste, moving the board down as she went. I watched her many times but never paid too much attention to exactly how she did it as I was about 7 or 8 years old.

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    I pin mine up on a wall in my hallway as long as you don't care about some pin marks in the wall it works great!!
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    All GREAT ideas! Thanks! Anything that keeps me off the floor is good! You guys are always sew good abt finding stuff FAST !!!

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    You didn't dream it! I remember seeing a video like that from a link on here not too long ago.

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    Cool ideas!

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    I have done it on a wall and it makes a nice, tight sandwich. Better than I get on the floor or table. But, I used tape and the last one fell down! I guess the tape wasn't sticky enough?! I hadn't thought of using pins. I will give it a try.

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    I push two banquet tables together and use lots of binder clips all around
    then hand-baste a la Sharon Schamber. Works great. :D

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    such great ideas.

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    I layer mine on our king-size bed and spray baste. To protect the area from over spray I cover the bed and head board with a big flannel sheet. The sheet also helps hold the backing and/or quilt top in place. With a little practice one can completely layer a king sized quilt in 20-30 minutes and no crawling on floor. Any spray baste will do. I buy the June Taylor from Joann's and use the coupons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I pin mine up on a wall in my hallway as long as you don't care about some pin marks in the wall it works great!!
    If you use the longer Quilting pins to hang it on the wall (pins in at a downward angle) the holes aren't noticable.

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    I, too, use June Taylor but is 505 any better. It was mentioned on the tutorial. I have a clubhouse where I live so I COULD use the tables but they don't want people spraying glue there.... carpet issues I suppose! Maybe people allergic to the smell and chemicals. And I am always in toooo much of a hurry to BASTE! Thanks again for all your suggestions. Will try them all and find the one that is JUST RIGHT for me!

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