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Old 01-18-2010, 06:13 PM
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Hi all,

I am making my first "big" quilt (81 x 81 inches) and wondered...I have rearranged the furniture in our living room to lay the thing out. Is that what you all do? Or is there some large space that I am missing or an easier way to do this? Thanks much!
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:15 PM
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The biggest I have made so far is about 70X75 inches and yes, I had to move the furniture around.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:17 PM
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I have 2 thin wood boards 4x8 each that I lay out on my bed to do big quilts
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:18 PM
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I have to do the same thing. I warn my family the living room will not be available and push everything out of the way. The only ones I can't control are the cats and they hate the smell of the basting spay so most of them stay out of the way.
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Sometimes I lay it out on the floor, but I have a queen-size bed and that helps, too. At least for the main body of the quilt. You can also pin a large sheet of felt to the draperies (or the wall, if you dare), and use that as a design wall. That's also an easy way to go.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:24 PM
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I use the dinning room floor and yes, I have to move the dinning room table and chairs to make it work. That was for my twin size quilt. Nor will need to use the den floor for a larger one. Living room floor is carpeted so that wouldn't work as well.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:51 PM
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I have made a design wall in my quilting room where i put my blocks......... I is made of a piece insulation board jpurchased at the local lumber yard..... I also lay them out on the bed in the spare room so I can look and see how it is going to look on a bed..... do I need more blocks or can I do it with borders..........
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:53 PM
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I know some people like to go to their church and use the tables and push them together.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:40 PM
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I move the coffee table in the living room and lay it out there. Sometimes I have to push the Lazy-boys back as well.
I'm just glad that I have a space that is large enough for a queen size. I don't think a King size would fit.
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The time my floor gets super clean is when I'm about to pin a quilt :oops: All my floors are hardwood, so I sweep, scrub and tape away to the floor. Then crawl uncomfortably around.

If you are using basting spray, Mamagus discovered that taping to the wall works great. I haven't tried it yet, but maybe others have and can give you pointers.
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