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Thread: Where do you sandwich "big" quilts

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    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 :)

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    i have used the floor.. a bare wood floor if possible.. i use to get pins in carpet and attach them to my quilt.. i have a calif king bed and i now do it there with a cardboard quadfold board on it first.. works beautifully and no pins get stuck in bedding !

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    Please don't laugh I tack them on my hallway wall.
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    The church fellowship hall. Push several table together.

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    I also have a King size bed, but it's hard for me to bend over for any length of time, so I go up to our subdivisions clubhouse and push ALL the crafting(folding) tables together and have my DM or a neighbor help me put it together. Some have mentioned that they do this at their churches.

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    Once I made a larger quilt and a quilt shop let me use there tables. ( pushed them together) You could ask at a church, community center,library or sometype of meeting room that has tables. I can't get down on the floor, my knee's would take it.

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    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...

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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...
    could you show me how you make yours in picture, would be great...

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    I have used the community room in our library, pushing tables together :wink:
    As well as my floor and wall... :D:D:D

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    Move the furniture back and tell everyone to step carefully, done it several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Please don't laugh I tack them on my hallway wall.
    I have used the wall on smaller quilts up to a twin :lol: It really works! gravity helps a lot. I have a fold up table I use for larger.

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    I use the floor for most of mine. I have to move furniture and hoover first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laceybritt
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Please don't laugh I tack them on my hallway wall.
    I have used the wall on smaller quilts up to a twin :lol: It really works! gravity helps a lot. I have a fold up table I use for larger.
    What do you, literally use tacks to nail them to the wall?

    I use the floor, but I bet this would help with getting them nice a flat.

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    Try it all, you will find what works best for you!
    Good Luck :)

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    I do mine on my bedroom floor. I pin the back to the rug with T pins.

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    I use the church too!! Push a couple of tables together, (after grabbing the hubby and sometimes a friend) and spray away!!!

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    I use my kichen foor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Please don't laugh I tack them on my hallway wall.
    That's funny I was about to suggest that when I read your reply. The wall.

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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...
    That's a great idea! I love how men find 'fixes' for things like this!

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    I use the tables at our church fellowship building. It is close to our home.

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    usually use the floor in the parlor as it is the room with the least furniture to move.have also used the gym at the local preschool;folks like to watch me put them together and i have helped several folks over the year start learning about fabrics and quilts.it's a nice hobby for busy moms as it doesnt seem to matter how long it takes to do and can be done on a shoestring budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    Quote Originally Posted by laceybritt
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Please don't laugh I tack them on my hallway wall.
    I have used the wall on smaller quilts up to a twin :lol: It really works! gravity helps a lot. I have a fold up table I use for larger.
    What do you, literally use tacks to nail them to the wall?

    I use the floor, but I bet this would help with getting them nice a flat.
    I use bulletin board tacks, My walls are yucky anyway so I don't care and when I paint the little holes go away.

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    Mine roll up on my quilting frame. (Good thing, because I've got a bad knee and can't get down in the floor. Well, actually, getting DOWN there isn't the problem. I just can't get back UP! :lol: )

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    Ask at your church if you can use some tables to pin-baste your quilt. If you are lucky to have a LQS near by ask them if you can use their classroom. It doesn't take more than 2 hours or so.

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    I have a large table that DH made for me in my sewing room. I use binder clips to hold down the back and then layer the batting and top. On really large tops I have to shift the sandwich and re-anchor it.

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