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    Sandwiching and pinning suggestions

    I finished my quilt top!!!! YIPPEE!!! Of course that means I am now ready to press the top, cut the backing and batting, sandwich and pin. Does anyone have an easier solution than crawling around on the floor? Is there an easy way to accomplish this when tabletop and floor space are limited? I have looked at the wonderful pictures of many of your sewing rooms...and it doesn't seem like many of you have an open area in the center of the room to crawl around the floor to do your pinning. Is there a small space technique?
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    Lin

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    I would like to see some of the answers to this one also. I have no sewing room to begin with and I cannot get down on the floor (If I ever did, I'd be stuck there forever!) So usually have my sweet GD crawl around for me. I would like to be able to do the putting together myself so will be following this thread to see what you wonderful gals can come up with
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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Size:  136.1 KBI have a long hallway I use bulletin board tacks to tack it up here is one I was working on. No crawling around.

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    I sandwich and baste on my cutting table, which is my old dining room table. I baste one quarter at a time, with the excess hanging over the edge. Once one segment is basted, I scootch the whole thing over, make sure all the layers are flat and proceed with the next section. I never get puckers or wrinkles, and have been doing this for many years.

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    I have been having a horrible time getting my quilt to STAY on my cutting table! As soon as there is any portion dangling over the edge the weight pulls the whole quilt and it slides off the table. I have had to place something heavy on the quilt to keep it on the table...a real pain in the tush as frequently as I have needed to move the quilt. Maybe my table is too smooth/shiny? It is like a laminate type material...

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    i have seen a method where you roll each layer on a l" by 3" board. you unroll each layer just a little at a time, and pin as you go. you get it all smooth and neat as you go.

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    I do mine on my queensized bed. I get one side lined and pinned. Then I work toward the center. Then I ask DH to help me move it carefully to another section. When all is pinned we hold it up and check back. I have no trouble with that. It is easier than the floor since I have replacement joints in my knees.

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    I crawl around on the floor....but my days doing this are numbered.
    I use blue painters tape to secure the backing, then sandwich it and pin.

    I do get puckers. On a large quilt i start the quilting in the center and double check as I go.
    smooth out and repin if I need to.

    I am looking at the photo in this thread. I like this idea. Can you explain in some more detail how this stays on the wall. Is there a header? I think my DH would not be happy if I was putting pin holes in the walls.
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    LOL we live in a trailer so it is no big deal paint covers the little marks! I just use bulletin board tacks and but my backing up, then the batting and then the top pulling each taunt as I go it woks great for me. I do have to re position it as the wall is not always tall enough. That is what you see in the pic when I had moved it up to do the bottom part.

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    I bought the craft table from Joann's with a coupon. Height is good. Both sides fold down so table isn't very wide when stored. In my smaller place I would wheel it out into the front room, open both sides and work on my quilt. I stored it in y kitchen along one wall. I now have a sewing room and still love that I can fold down the sides and it is out of the way.

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    Thank you ladies for all your suggestions...I will try some of these and see which works best for me. You all are so kind and helpful...God Bless
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    This lady has some great tips on spray basting. (She also does it on the wall.) This info is at the end of the first video & all of the second video. She realized that she needed to give more info so made the 2nd video about just that. (The other 2 videos are good info about FMQ)
    Oops I didn't post the link.
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    http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/free-video/
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    hold it with clamps

    Quote Originally Posted by Jusmom01 View Post
    I have been having a horrible time getting my quilt to STAY on my cutting table! As soon as there is any portion dangling over the edge the weight pulls the whole quilt and it slides off the table. I have had to place something heavy on the quilt to keep it on the table...a real pain in the tush as frequently as I have needed to move the quilt. Maybe my table is too smooth/shiny? It is like a laminate type material...
    I use clamps - the type for woodworking which I buy at the dollar store. Several placed around the edge of the table hold the quilt nice and tight . They are easy to move when one section is basted and you are ready to move on.

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    rainagade, i use the painters tape also but recently when I removed the tape the last one took some of the stuff with it onto the fabric,have you ever had this problem and how did you get it off your fabric. My first time

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    I use Sharon Schamber's method of basting on tables using long boards to roll the quilt top and backing on. Here's a tute I did a while back: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...mq-t91013.html
    Wendy

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    Dublb, Thank-you sew much for that great link . I watched part of #1 video and saw she was very patient and explained it in east to understand terms.

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    We go to our church and use three large tables put together. Tape the backing onto the tables. It is a lot easier than crawling on the floor!

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    I like to use a few tables at the library or our church basement, works so much better than crawling on the floor.

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    I layer it on my bed. I take the bedding off down to the fitted sheet then lay the backing and smooth it out good, then add the batting and carefully smooth it then add the top and do the same. WHen I'm sure it is all nice and smooth I slip my really large cutting matt under the middle smooth a little more and start pinning, move the matt as needed and continue. It works out great and have had no problem with folds plus it saves my back and knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beginner10 View Post
    Dublb, Thank-you sew much for that great link . I watched part of #1 video and saw she was very patient and explained it in east to understand terms.

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    You're welcome.
    She is very clear isn't she? Video 2 is so clear about spray basting on the wall.
    Bev
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    I have a long dining table[seats 10]. I put 2 old cutting[cardboard] mats on it and put my sandwitched quilt on it and pin away. Stop and check all the time. I start in the middle and work out all over the quilt. I'm constantly pulling and checking to make sure it is taut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jusmom01 View Post
    I finished my quilt top!!!! YIPPEE!!! Of course that means I am now ready to press the top, cut the backing and batting, sandwich and pin. Does anyone have an easier solution than crawling around on the floor? Is there an easy way to accomplish this when tabletop and floor space are limited? I have looked at the wonderful pictures of many of your sewing rooms...and it doesn't seem like many of you have an open area in the center of the room to crawl around the floor to do your pinning. Is there a small space technique?
    Thanks,
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    I go over to the church and push tables together until i have enough space for the entire quilt top. I tape my backing down to the tables all the way along all four edges. then smooth on the batting, add the top, and start basting. I like to baste with quilter's safety pins, especially designed for pin basting. I don't use regular safety pins as they sometimes leave marks or holes. I have made some pretty big quilts and ended up crawling on the tables to get to the middle but it sure beats the alternative. Then it's back home for quilting.

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    I crawl around on the floor but only to tape the backing to the wood floor. My DH works with me and we use 505 Spray and Fix. We lay the batting on top of the backing and the top on top of that. I fold the batting and top halfway back and he sprays the batting. I flip the batting layer down and smooth it out and he sprays the top part of the batting and I fold the quilt top over that and smooth it out. We then do the other half of the quilt. When it is all finished, We remove the tape from the floor and flip over the whole quilt to make sure that the backing is smooth. It is easy enough to get out any wrinkles. When all of this is finished, we both take hot wet (squeezed out) washrags to clean up any overspray from the floor. Then I take the quilt to the dining room table where I will put a few pins in. The whole thing takes about 1/2 hour for a lap size quilt. I could never be on my knees crawling around doing the whole thing.
    This way the only time I am crawling is when we are taping.

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    If your church or a local church has a fellowship room see if you can come during the day and use several of their tables.

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    Use fusible hem tape and iron your sandwiched layers together. No pins needed.

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