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Old 04-20-2012, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by audsgirl View Post
I had posted a link to Oh, Fransson! where she shows how she quilts large quilts. She has some interesting techniques that make the job less taxing on your body. It's in the links and resources forum.
Would you share the link again. I did a search, but couldn't find it. Thanks.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:13 AM
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I have managed it with my 9" throated machine by putting two large tables behind the machine and the whole quilt is supported on the tables as I go. There is minimal drag as I sit on the very right hand side of the front table and the quilt is thus to the left of me and to the front of me. All the best with your efforts.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:56 AM
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I quilted a king size quilt on my dinky Brother mechanical. It was stid, but the blocks were set on point, so i started in the middle and worked out down the corners. It was tricky at times, but doable and came out fine.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:07 AM
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Been there done that several times this year. Here is the link with all the posts when I asked a similar question about doing a CalKing quilt.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:17 AM
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You could try a quilt as you go technique. That way it is in managible sized pieces.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:33 AM
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I've done it, both piecing & quilting. I used the gym floor of a local school where my DH works to lay it out.. Maybe you could ask a local school, church or someplace with a large enough floor space to borrow a floor for an hour or so. As far as quilting, I begin in the middle, rolling up the quilt to fit under the machine, I didn't use a long arm, and quilted it in sections, pulling the quilt toward me as it goes through the machine. It takes planning but its do-able. Good luck.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:02 AM
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I have longarmed for 10 years now and was interested in this discussion. Recently, I sat at a hq sweet sixteen sit down at a LQS and had so much fun "sitting" and pushing the fabric around, but I thought oh, dear, pushing a king. As a challenge, I would still like to try, but I do think it would be very hard on the shoulders. My hats off to the gals that can wrestle it. I shorted my batting on a huge quilt of mine the other day, after 10 years of this, lol. Thank heavens for zippered leaders. I removed it to zig zag on the batting needed. I was stressing and sweating. My husband held the rolled up side as maneuvered the end with the batting to get it done. Wow was it heavy with a flannel back.

Long story short. I think renting time is a great option. It is so much $ and time invested in my hobby business. Being the DIYer I am, I do love it, but..... Even if it seems like a lot of money to rent, it is still worth, and so much less investment and $ in your own. and, even if it seems about the same amount of $ as paying someone quilt it, you get the satisfaction of having done it yourself.

Pay to rent time to do a small quilt, that can have some warbles and mistakes. If it is a busy quilt, you won't notice. Like paying for entertainment. You will be surprised how quickly you get comfortable. And the owner will be there to help you. I always encourage customers and anyone to give it a try, and they nod and don't go for it. It is intimidating at first, but so much easier than you think! I think people say it is a steep learning curve cuz it is so different it is scary, but practice a at the rental place on a couple of baby quilts, it will be worth it.

I have offered so many friends to come over for free to try, so they can do their own. 0 takers to date, lol.

That big rack sure is great for kings, but boy did I love that cute HQ sweet sixteen.

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Old 04-21-2012, 05:43 AM
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I am working on one 120" x 100". It is such that I can make it in two pieces then sew the two together. I have most of the first one done. I just quit the quilting on block (2") away and will only have to quilt that area after the quilt is put together. I am waiting until I finish the quilting on the main quilt and put it together before attaching the 4" border. I can then quilt it all together. By the time I finish I hope someone will come along to help me post pictures.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:21 AM
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[QUOTE=DawnFurlong;5157229]I recently finished quilting my king size quilt on my dsm (and a vintage machine at that - a Singer 15-91). And I was worried about the same things you are worried about.
I puddle my quilt when I FMQ.

I am attaching a picture of my quilt while I was working on it, as well as the end result (almost end result - I still need to do the binding). I also added a picture of my favorite sewing machine - the one I used to FMQ on this top.

I am inspired! I have the same machine and a bedspread sized queen quilt to do. But, what is puddling?
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:38 AM
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I can't comment on doing the actual quilting however as to the sandwiching....see if your LQS will let you come in and put a couple tables together (or three) to lay out your project and baste in whatever fashion suits you. If not LQS, how about a church or some meeting room that has banquet tables. Never hurts to ask....
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