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    quilting frame

    Does anyone know where I can get plans for a pvc quilt frame? I see info online but kind of vague and since my husband will be building it and has no concept of what it is supposed to do or look like finished I need to buy plans with lots of photos. Also preferably one that could fold up when done.
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    how much do they cost to make? I bought the "ugly duck" floor model for $65 delivered and it's fine. http://www.qsnap.com/all_products.asp

    Quote Originally Posted by evelyn5269 View Post
    Does anyone know where I can get plans for a pvc quilt frame? I see info online but kind of vague and since my husband will be building it and has no concept of what it is supposed to do or look like finished I need to buy plans with lots of photos. Also preferably one that could fold up when done.
    Thanks,
    Evelyn

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    I think there can be problems making one of these. From what I read, it can be difficult (or possibly as of lately impossible) to find the correct size of PVC for the "clamps".

    I used one of the purchased frames to hand quilt the very first quilt I made -- when I was *much* younger and had a much stronger back! Even being younger, I found the leaning over to be not good at all for my back (even with the "lifters" that tilt the frame), and ended up donating this frame to a non-profit.

    For hand quilting, I now much prefer this swivel-type lap hoop:
    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/9457.htm
    BUT that is only a photo of the hoop. It looks like Keepsake isn't selling the hoop anymore. (The description is for a border add-on for the hoop. The hoop itself is more like $90.)

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    I did find the following directions for making the PVC floor frame:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4928734_make...ing-frame.html

    Just be sure to read all the comments first (one said there is a cutting mistake in the directions), and make sure you can get the correct size snap clamps when you purchase the PVC. It's just me, but if I were going to make one of these, I would definitely go to a place that would cut the pieces to correct lengths for me.

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    I never baste either

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    please check out the John Flynn frame...it is sold in a quick to put together kit and is adjustable in length with simple pipe purchases from the hardware store... it has 3 rails so NO BASTING, and though it is now used primarily on a sewing machine but was originally designed and used as a hand quilting frame meant to be balanced on the arms of a rocking chair.... this is how i use mine and the number one lovable thing about it? it stands up behind a door to store when not quilting....in seconds, i can pin secure my needles in the quilt sandwich, put scissors tape and hand tools in my 'quilting bag'...stand up the frame behind my sewing room door and hang the bag on one of the legs...I quilt with my feet on a 'little-bit-higher-than-usual' foot stool to tilt my rocking chair back a bit...that way my back is supported and the frame is tilted at a great work angle.... http://flynnquilt.com/ watch his video to see what is possible (any size rails at low cost from hardware store, machine or hand quilting, and storing standing up in a corner, under a bed or behind a door)... he is charging 150 (pvc is not cheap when you start adding up all the fittings) Amazon is charging 129 for the same package and allbrands is charging 99 for the package with no rails, and you purchase separately in the size you want. I have 2 ft rails for block by block quilting, 4 ft for baby and wallhanging sizes and 6 ft for larger quilts. anything larger gets done in sections and then assembled. he demos machine quilting but the last 2 minutes of the video are about hand quilting which he originally designed it for (shows a new stand which i had not seen before) and the way he used it for many years before figuring out the machine applications...you get to choose your method with ONE frame and 3 rails means NO BASTING.... this is such a treat to work on....check it out....

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