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    "Sandwich" a quilt

    Any pointers on preparing quilt for hand quikting, I layer it out on the bed to pin, it just kills my back to lean over. It was too big for kitchen table.
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    Hello & welcome from Texas. Hope you enjoy this quilting board as much as I do.

    You might try this method using boards. I've never tired it but I think several on this board use this or a similar method.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...mq-t91013.html
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    If there is no surface in your house you can use, you might see if your library or church community center has a room with a big table you could use one day when they are not using it.

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    I use painters tape and tape the backing and batting to the wall. Then pin the top to the rest of the sandwich.

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    Wellcome from Ontario, Canada. You might like to try Sharon Schamber's method of using boards to help when basting the sandwich.

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    I spray baste my quilts but I do it in sections - and before I did the spray basting I still did it in sections because it hurt my knees to to it on the floor and I didn't have a large surface to use. Now I have a cutting table and it is not big enough for a full quilt either, so I start in the center and work my way out.

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    I use my cutting table regardless of quilt size. I lay out the backing and use the big binder clips to hold that in place. Repeat with batting, clamping that into place with the binder clips and follow the same process for the top. Pin or thread baste that section. If the quilt is larger than the table top (which it usually is), I unclip everything and shift the whole shebang to where a bit of the pinned section will still be on the table top. Clip that into place and then start working on the remaining sections with the same process.

    It can certainly get tedious with all the moving around the table and such but I'm not bending over or crawling around on the floor.

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    This probably isn't as good as some of the other ideas here, but when I have pinned a quilt on my floor, I put the pins in but didn't close them while it was on the floor, then I sat in a chair with the quilt in my lap to close the pins. Reduces floor time!

    You might also consider using white glue to baste instead of pinning. I think you could apply the glue while standing, except maybe near the edges where more precise aim would be needed. I haven't done glue basting a lot, but maybe someone who has can comment further.

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    This is how I do it since my back decided it wouldn't crawl around the floor anymore! Works great no matter what size quilt I do.

    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I use my cutting table regardless of quilt size. I lay out the backing and use the big binder clips to hold that in place. Repeat with batting, clamping that into place with the binder clips and follow the same process for the top. Pin or thread baste that section. If the quilt is larger than the table top (which it usually is), I unclip everything and shift the whole shebang to where a bit of the pinned section will still be on the table top. Clip that into place and then start working on the remaining sections with the same process.

    It can certainly get tedious with all the moving around the table and such but I'm not bending over or crawling around on the floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I use my cutting table regardless of quilt size. I lay out the backing and use the big binder clips to hold that in place. Repeat with batting, clamping that into place with the binder clips and follow the same process for the top. Pin or thread baste that section. If the quilt is larger than the table top (which it usually is), I unclip everything and shift the whole shebang to where a bit of the pinned section will still be on the table top. Clip that into place and then start working on the remaining sections with the same process.

    It can certainly get tedious with all the moving around the table and such but I'm not bending over or crawling around on the floor.
    I'm doing it this way for the first time right now. I'm really excited about no more crawling on the floor!
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    I 've always used the board method with hand basting, but next time I ame trying the boards and spray basting.

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    If you hand quilt in a hoop, don't the pins get in the way?

    I use the Sharon Schamber board basting method for both hand and machine quilting, which uses tatting thread and a herringbone stitch. No bending or reaching (my back can't take it).
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    Here's a youtube on Sharon Schamber's method using the boards.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyaLsMafElo

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    A method similar to the boards is to use either pool noodles or foam insulation that goes around pipes. You'll need three. Here's a link to a video that shows how to do it. In the video she is spray basting together but it can also be adapted to thread or pin basting as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCIdv6iwLeQ

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    I use my ironing board(s) to baste my quilts. I bought a large piece of heavy plywood and had it cut in two pieces. Then I covered the pieces with fleece-covered tablecloths. I can use one board or two if I want. I raise the ironing boards to my favorite height, place the quilt sandwich on the board and, using C-clamps to secure the quilt to the boards, baste the quilt. I don't use glue or spray. I start in the middle and then move the quilt to another position, left, or right. I soon finish basting and I do not (could not) crawl around on the floor.

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    I use a card table placing the center on the table. The edges hang over and so far I have not had any shifting problems. I sometimes 'painters tape' each component to the table leg. Then I can spray or pin as I desire. Works for me. Once the center is done, I just move it and repeat. When I get to the edges, I can tape them down on the top of the table. Clear as mud, right?
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    Some longarm quilters will also baste the layers together for a nominal charge.

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    When I used to use the kitchen table for pinning, I set a tv tray off one end and opened up a cardboard cutting mat across the table and over to the tray. This end wasn't very stable for pinning but allowed me to lay the whole quilt out flat. Then I would pin on the table side and either turn it around or just shift it a bit. During an exceptionally busy quilt year, I partially filled 4 coffee cans with cement and put them under my table legs (with a bit on flannel to line them) and this securely raised my table almost 6 inches. This really helped.

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    Cari: Never thought of using the walls!~ At least they wouldn't have the dog hair my carpet typically has. LOL

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    Welcome from Arkansas. I've never heard about using the wall, but it sure sounds like a good idea.

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    Here's the video that shows how I do it. My house is too small for the Sharon Schamber "boards"method although a good one, so this works better for me. I iron a x crease in the middle of top and bottom, and place a safety pin in the middle of the batting to help with the centering.
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    I bought a ping pong table that I keep in the garage. I bought it on special for less than $50 and it is super for sandwiching a quilt.
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    Thank you all so much so many ideas I'm more than willing to try.

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