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    I use my living room floor... it's big enough for a California King size quilt.

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    That is what I do we girls go to the senior center, and push severly tables together, it is so much easier then the floor, and they are so gracious to have us come in...easier on the back also..also you can use the church hall and put tables together....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryssa
    I am in the process of making my first bed size quilt. It's a twin XL for my brother who is going to college next month. Up until now, I've always made lap size quilts that I could sandwich on my dining room table.

    So where do you work on bigger quilts? The only answer I could come up with is the floor, which I will do if there's nothing better.

    Thanks :)
    I sometimes use the floor. Best is when I go to my LQS. They have a day they set aside for customers to bring their projects and use their work area to sandwich quilts. One tip I found helpful. I'm short so have difficulty in getting the centers smooth in large quilts. Then I spotted my husband's cheap yardstick. I laid it out over the quilt, turned it on its side and started sweeping it over the quilt. Smoothed the sandwich layers out much better than my hands.

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    kitchen island, living room floor, basment floor and am considering hubby's pool table :)

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    Most Joanns or Michaels have a classroom that is not used often, they will let you use the tables when the room is empty.

    I pin mine at work on my lunch hour using the conference room tables. Nice quiet and relaxing!!! I have also used my parents ping pong table by removing the net. It works great.

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    I use my double bed and fold and pin. Once this is done I lay it on the floor to make sure it is laying flat. :)

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    I use the floor. I position the backing and tape it down with masking tape, then lay the batting and finish off with the top. I then use safety pins as close together as I think is needed. Probably more than necessary but I don't want things to shift whn using my rather small quilting frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterken
    Get a 4' x 8' piece of MDF or plywood, have it cut into 2 pieces 4' square and add a piano hinge so you have a large folding board or table top. I have even seen them in 3 pieces. This folding table top can be laid over your kitchen table and stored when not in use. Really saves your back...
    ken, i don't think most women would be able to lift that without help. is there something lighter in weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryssa
    I am in the process of making my first bed size quilt. It's a twin XL for my brother who is going to college next month. Up until now, I've always made lap size quilts that I could sandwich on my dining room table.

    So where do you work on bigger quilts? The only answer I could come up with is the floor, which I will do if there's nothing better.

    Thanks :)
    I used the floor for a while, but it was too hard on my back. My DH bought two blank doors (the cheap ones from Home Depot) put them side by side and put legs on them then painted them and put on a polyurethane finish - Now I have a lovely table big enough to work on large quilts and not hurt my back. I can easily reach into the middle from any side to do the pinning. I am fortunate to have a basement to put this table so it's not in the way in our living space.

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    I sometimes send it to a long arm quilter to baste only. for me, it's worth the expense.

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    I just checked on Walmart.com and they have several cernter fold tables that might work for those who are concerned about the weight of Ken's MDF idea. They had 4' up to 6' tables, 30" wide, 29" high from $34 up. Now that I'm not sending out to a longarm quilter anymore, I think I'll need to invest in something like this to set up in the middle of the living room to sandwich.

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    I seem this method used on a quilting show a few weeks ago and I have used this method ever since and I does work very well. First if you have a wall large enough protect your wall space with newspaper or flannel back tablecloth, then pin or tape your backing up first smoothing it out as you go then take some 505 basting spray and spray backing fabric with a good coverage amount then place your batting on top of yor backing fabric smoothing it out as you go and after you've done that spray somemore 505 on th top of the batting then apply your quilt top oothing it out as you go! Now your ready to take it to your machine and quilt it. The 505 spy doesn't gum up your needle and this system works awesome.!

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    One thing I can add...I'm tall-ish, about 5'10", and any method I use that involves bending over a table gives me bad back pain. I bought some bed risers from Joanne's, 4 for $10, and put the table legs on top of the risers. It raised the table about 5 or 6 inches and was a perfect height for me! No more back pain!

    Right now with back to school sales going on, you can find the bed risers pretty easily.

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    I go to a location that has several 6 ft. tables I can use, like my church, put two or three side by side, tape down my backing (good sidedown), spray advesive a little, add batting, spray a little more, then put my quilt top on and then safety pin baste the whole thing. This is also a good time to roll myquilt so it is ready to put onto my machine.

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    I use my kitchen table and a folding table I have for cook-outs. I have to boost the folding table with books so it's the same height as my quilting table. I damaged one knee so I couldn't use the floor

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    First I "T" pin the backing to the living room carpeted floor. The place the batting, then the top, carefully smoothing as best I can. Then I shoot it all over with a Micro stitch gun. (can be purchased on line at lots of different places) The little plastic thingies aren't long enough to catch into the carpet but sometimes don't catch all the way either but that little tool is a lifesaver. I can probably "micro stitch plastic thingy" 20 times faster than pinning. AND no broken machine needles either!!!

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    I used to do them on my living room floor. Oh my aching back. I now have a frame so I don't have to sandwich them.

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    We have a pool table with pieces of plywood on top (seldom use it for pool anymore!) and this works well for sandwiching quilt tops. Also, its a good height and not terribly wide so I can reach to the middle from either side. I use it for cutting too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Please don't laugh I tack them on my hallway wall.
    I thought that I was the only one who used my hallway wall. It just goes to show, we quilters have to come up with clever solutions!

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    I usually do mine on my livingroom floor. I put the backing down (wrong side up) and use masking tape to keep it s

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    I usually do mine on my livingroom floor. I put the backing down (wrong side up) and use masking tape to keep it sMooth. Then batting followed by top. Then I pin.

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    My dinning room table with the leafs in holds a king size.

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    Never thought of hanging it on the wall. I usually do a portion at a time.

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    I actually like that idea. Wish I'd of thought of that with all the "human" traffic at my house.

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    church basements, or librarys

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