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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...
    what an excellent idea! I have a 4' x 8' table on my front porch and it is the only place big enough to work...I can't get on my floor.
    lol...my floor is clean...it's my body that won't cooperate.
    I could have hubby make me this so I could lay the center on the table, then fold it up! thanks :XD:

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    Have you tried the Sharon Chambers method? It is on her website. Using her method you just need a table to work on....I really like the method and think that it is much quicker.

    BTW, I am a school principal and have no problem when people want to come to the school after hours to use our tables in either the library, lunchroom or art room.

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    Great ideas everyone! I go to the club house or just use the living room floor.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaye
    Have you tried the Sharon Chambers method? It is on her website. Using her method you just need a table to work on....I really like the method and think that it is much quicker.

    BTW, I am a school principal and have no problem when people want to come to the school after hours to use our tables in either the library, lunchroom or art room.
    This is a very nice offer.... if I ever come through Georgia, with a quilt that needs basting....I know who to look up!

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    Sharon Shamber has a great way to pin her quilts, she has a tutorial on You Tube also on her website. I watched the tutorial and did exactly how she shows and I can now pin my quilt sitting down at the dining table.

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    I usually do it on the floor but when I can, I put tables together where my quilting group meets (at a local elementry school) and try to get it done there. It sure beats kneeling and bending over on the floor. :P

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    when i make king size quilts i either move everything out of my dining room and use the floor , i have gone to a local church not to far from me and we have a civic center here also and i use the room and the tables there one time i cleaned the patio blocks on my patio and layed it out on the patio
    well it sounds like i have just been all over the place

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    At my local quilt store --- there are several tables I can put together and use and that's if there are no classes, etc.

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    They sell 2 inch thick syrofoam that is used for insulation
    and Pin to that. We hung it on a wall so it is permanent.
    Works wonderful for laying it out and such.
    Angeline Sheets are 5x10 feet

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    Quote Originally Posted by bejay28
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaye
    Have you tried the Sharon Chambers method? It is on her website. Using her method you just need a table to work on....I really like the method and think that it is much quicker.

    BTW, I am a school principal and have no problem when people want to come to the school after hours to use our tables in either the library, lunchroom or art room.
    This is a very nice offer.... if I ever come through Georgia, with a quilt that needs basting....I know who to look up!
    Wouldn't that be a lot of fun!!!! BTW--it is smokin' hot in GA, too!

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    I just strip my bed, put the sheets into wash, and use my mattress.

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    I have a pool table that my DH puts a piece of plywood on, really saves the knees. If not I would go up to my church and use the folding tables there, howev er even that can be hard on the back,I like the wall idea.

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    Went looking for the Sharon Chambers technique and could not find it, could you be more specific?

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    My Honey made me a quilting frame.Very cheap and easy to make.

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    I actually do big quilts on two of those plastic foldable tables 3 1/2 by6 feet or so. I put the tables next to each other. I just makes sure I move it around and just drop the section I am not working on off the table while I smooth and spray baste/pin the section that is on the table. I can do Cal King this way. It take sa little patience but it works. You can also do it on the floor but that is hard on the knees and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newquitr
    Went looking for the Sharon Chambers technique and could not find it, could you be more specific?
    It's Sharon Schamber with an "SCH" at the beginning. Just Google her and especially look her up on YouTube.

    I subscribe to her videos and love to watch the "Spotlight Class: Designing for the Quilting Process". Watch it and I guarantee you will be totally fascinated and relaxed watching this extremely talented artist design and draw.

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    I have a very large room (17 by 24) that is my library/sewing room. There is just enough open floor space to do a king size quilt. However it is getting harder on my knees all the time

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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...
    Holly "q"rap quilterKen, why didn't I think of that?

    That is perfect solution for me.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Aardie

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    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarq
    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...
    Holly "q"rap quilterKen, why didn't I think of that?

    That is perfect solution for me.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Aardie
    Just another thought here folks.
    DOUBLE DUTY IDEA:
    I have one of these "tops" that is I use for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinner when there are too many to fit at the dining room table without bumping elbows. Got a BIG family. Put the tablecloth on top and no one is the wiser. Also plenty of room for all the dishes of yummies.

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    Church fellowship hall with all the dining tables pushed tog!!

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    I found the site for the free video tutorial by Sharon Schamber.
    Google in Sharon Schamber Quilter, it opens several sites, just scroll down to the one showing a picture of Hand Basting and you can watch the instructions.

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    I do mine on the island in my kitchen. Works great.

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    I use the floor. Yes, it's hard on the knee's but I spray bast so not quite as bad. I did get a used ping pong table but didn't realize how large it was going to be and have no place to open it up.

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    I don't have enough floor space and no where to lay out anything that large so I decided to create my own. I have an unfinished basement with plenty of room so I purchased 2 fold up tables (6 ft x 3 ft?). They are sold at a lot of places, hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. and they are frequently on sale for about $30 each, especially over the holidays. I opened the tables up and set them side by side. They have a nice finish and it's easy to use tape to hold your fabric down. You can lay out a pretty large quilt or work in one section at a time on the basting. When you're done, just leave the tables set up and cover them with an old sheet or painters plastic to keep it clean until you are ready to use it again. The tables are also useful for other things like outdoor picnics, extra dinner table, etc. It sure beats on the knees no matter how you look at it. :D :D

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    You can find it at http://sharonschambernetwork.com/Classes.aspx

    Just go down until you see "Basting Your Quilt".

    Kaye

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