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Thread: How to make a large quilt in a small space!!!! Quilt as you go???

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    How to make a large quilt in a small space!!!! Quilt as you go???

    hi all,

    i am from the uk so do excuse me if i sound abit daft with my questions

    i have made small baby quilts in the past for my children and would now like to make a large quilt for my bed but i cant work out how to do it as i dont have a large enough flat open space to sandwich the quilt together!

    is there anyway i can still make my quilt without needing all the space!

    i have done abit of reading up about 'quilt as you go' as an alternative. but i am unsure how i get the quilted blocks joined together without bunching the batting when sewing them together?

    in all honesty, i dont really like the finished look of the 'quilt as you go' quilts as much

    any answers on this would be greatly appreciated!

    Lisa x

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    If you don't like the look of quilt as you go, you can find a way to get somewhere that has a big enough space. A local community center or rec center, a local church, maybe even the local library. We have a small condo. Fortunately I am able to take my bed size quilts to the community center push together some tables, and baste my big quilts there.
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    If it was me Lisa I would sandwich and quilt just the centre of a large quilt, and then do sections at a time. Which I have done quite sucessfully.
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    hi, thanks for you responses

    not got a community centre etc as an option but i could try the basting the middle section first and doing that! thanks caroyln ~ it hadnt even occured to me haha.

    lisa x

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    I have heard of people taking the blankets off their mattress & sandwiching the quilt there. Once the center is basted you would need to move the whole sandwich to baste the outer edges. I have never done it this way & think it might be difficult to keep the backing smooth, but just a suggestion.

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    there are many places that could have the tables/space for sandwiching....you just need to ask....library, church basements, schools, local quilt shop....think about where there are lots of tables and you will find somewhere to get er done!

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    ooh another good idea! thank you! think you are right thou, i cant imagine how i would get the backing to stay smooth without it bunching up when i quilt!

    you lot are great and i appreciate your suggestions ~ i am itching to get started with my quilt!

    lisa x

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    errm buckeye rose, i appreciate your advice but i am in the uk! quilting is a not very much heard of thing here and i think i would be politely told to 'take a hike!' if i asked any public places if i could baste my quilt haha.

    honestly it is not an option

    lisa x

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    You can also quilt them in thirds where you pin the sandwich together than take off one third of the batting now quilt the middle then move to the other side that has batting and quilt that. Now put the batting back on the third piece and quilt that. I have also when sandwiching quilt not put borders on but allow for them when putting the front and back and batting together. You would quilt the main part of the quilt then you can lay your borders on top and sew as usual but you will be sewing thru the batting and back so that it would be quilted in the ditch already. I have tried them both and it sure does help.

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    If you have enough space to put tables together end to end as long as the narrow direction of your quilt you can sandwich there. It could even be outside in good weather. I also have limited space and this works for me. Smooth the back of the quilt, wrong side up, across the table with one edge near the edge of the table. Tape in place to keep it from sliding off. Let the rest of the fabric drape off the back of the table. Then add the batting (wadding) the same way then the quilt top face up. Baste the part of the quilt that is on the table. Remove the tape and pull the quilt toward yourself, smooth the next area and baste that section. I have done many quilts this way.

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    Do you have a large wall space? Someone on here was talking about useing spray basting' tape or tack backing to wall spray and hang batting then spray and add top. They said they did not pin or baste, I have never done it but I think a couple of people on the QB have and had good results. I do understand that the spray is very messie, do you have an outdoor space you could use?

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    thanks kat sews! good advice!

    any advice on how you would do this with stitch in the ditch quilting

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    sew as you go quilted block squares and joining them together without the batting leaving lumps?

    thanks again everyone for your advice it is greatly appreciated

    lisa x

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    outdoor! haha

    so sorry guys! dont know what the weather is like at your side but it sucks here! might find a day sometime in august next year but i wouldnt guarantee it haha. good old british weather haha

    wet windy and very muddy! little bit of snow at times!

    lisa x

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    trying to imagine the wall thing ~ giving it some thought x

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    I have seen here on the board where people clamp their quilt to their table using large clamps that look like they got them from a hardware store and baste/pin in sections.Then they move the quilt to a new section to continue basting or pinning their sandwich. Maybe you can find this technique on You Tube?

    I just put in" clamp quilt to table" in the advanced search section & there are some ideas there.
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    You could make it in sections, like fourths, and then connect the sections. There are lots of directions on the internet about how to do this.

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    I have a friend who has a large living room with large open space that I use to pin the sandwich together. Also my last one I quilted in peices thats to say I only put the batting down the center, and backing, with extra to sew the border peices to quilted it leaving about 2 inches unquilted around the quilt and then added the side batting and backing next and quilted that it came out fine. hope this doesnt sound confusing
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    I live in a motor home and sandwich my quilts on the bed. Is it easy? No, but it works. I use basting spray and it works quite well. I lay out the backing, then batting on top. Fold back half the batting, then spray and smooth working from center out. Do the other half the same way. Then do quilt top the same way. I then flip it and smooth the backing. Flip back over and resmooth the front. Perfect....probably not, but works for me.
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    I understand your problem. We live fulltime in an RV so my space is also limited. When I finish a quilt top, I wait to sandwich it when I can find a place with large tables. You'll be surprised when you start searching for a place to do this. Just keep looking and asking. Something will happen. I've tried "quilt as you go" but I'm not pleased with all the seams on the back of the quilt. Also, it's necessary to quilt each block and you have to stop 1" from the edge of the block in order to sew that block to the next block. Good luck with finding a place to sandwich the quilt! Just don't give up on finding a place.

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    One of the ladies on youtube (think her name is Sharon something) has a method using a couple of boards that would work on a bed. I've been thinking of trying it since, like you, I'm very limited on space. I usually lay an accordian type cutting board on the bed so it's more solid and gives me a solid surface for pinning and basting, then just spread it out on that. It's not the easiest way, but it works.

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    Her name is Sharon Schamber. Just google her name in and her u-tube video is easy to understand.

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    spray baste is your friend... I have spread a king size quilt over my dining table and sprayed it together. I've also used my floor - spread it as flat as I could and rolled on side up so that a little better than half layed completely flat then spray in sections starting in the middle. once that side is done roll it up and spread the other half flat... then flip and spray the back down the same way

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    Even though my house is big (tall and narrow) we don't have much floor space to baste quilts either. I use my mom's full sized bed (I mostly do twin or smaller) but I have done 2 larger quilts and I put as much as I can on her bed, pin heavily, then slide and do the other part that didn't fit on the bed. I too don't know where to go do pin large quilts as I'm in the middle of a queen sized quilt. I may show up at my church and do it there if my mom's bed doesn't work to well. Good luck though!
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    Ive used sharon scomburgs board method and it works really well. You do it at the table

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    I clamp backing, batting and top on my glass topped dining table, moving them until all is pinned. I don't use spray basting as you have to have all surounding areas covered to catch overspray. I also have a pet bird and afraid it would harm her.
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