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Thread: Where does everyone pin their layers together?

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    I live in a very small motorhome. The only flat space for me to work is 13"X15". Depending on the size of the project, I use our community center tables put together & an old office chair on wheels. Works great! If it's a small project, I've been kind of experimenting. I've hung the layers from a hanger in a high cabinet handle & pinned there, I've used two TV trays end to end. I can not get on the floor so that's not an option for me & the bed is not good for me either since we can't walk on either side. (We crawl in from the end at night.) Now I've got the spray adhesive, but am not sure how to go about that either since I don't have a clothes-line! I don't want to use the picnic tables because they're filthy & all messed up & would ruin my project. I have even used my cutting mats on top of a suitcase when traveling. I am nothing if not determined to get it done!! LOL! Some folks ask to use the vestry in their church with tables where they hold functions & JoAnn's I'm told will allow folks to use their classrooms when they aren't using them or perhaps your local quilt shop.
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    I attend my quilting guild's sew days, whenever I can. We meet in a very large room and they have several long tables we can move around as we need and I pin, cut and sew as I need to. At the end of the session we move things back the way they were.

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    I use my cutting table, I usually start with the top right hand corner and work down first and then over, sliding the quilt and re-clamping as needed. I have done many quilts this way including kings and california kings without any problems. Hugs
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    I pin baste on my hardwood floor between the kitchen and living room... but shhh!! Don't tell my husband!! He would freak if he knew I was poking pins around on the wood.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I have folding tables from Walmart and use Sharon Schamber's method to roll them onto flat boards but instead of thread basting then I spray baste. It goes really, really fast that way. Sharon Schamber's videos are available on youtube.
    Is there a tute for this, do you spray in sections
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    Well, I guess I'm not the only one who has trouble getting down on the floor to pin layers together. So many ideas.

    I've tried my dining room table but still got puckers on the back. And I've heard of the spray adhesive, but I didn't think it would work too well on a bed size quilt. I might try it on something smaller though. Someone also said it doesn't work too well if you don't get to it right away. Since I like to alternate working on my quilting projects with work on my book projects so I don't get burned out on either, I'm afraid the adhesive wouldn't stick long enough for me to get it quilted.

    I will have to look into this Schamber method though. You've got me curious now.

    Thanks for the ideas.

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    Search on YouTube for Sharon Schamber and you will be able to find her basting method using boards (which I finally tried and works well - I use spray instead of hand-basting). There is also a good one of hers for using glue to put your binding on.

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    I do mine on the floor in my living room carpet and use masking tape. It works really well for me but again it is on the floor and that is the only place I have.

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    I go to the local library and put several tables together and spray baste. I have also gone to my church and done the same thing. I do not like to use spray basting in my home. I use my "big board" ironing board or the floor for smaller projects.

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    I use pins to mark the middle of each layer, taping thethe middle of my backing tothe middle of my 6 foot banquet/craft table. Then I align all the layers, doing my best to get the centers to match in both directions.. Once it's all lined up, I run a line of sewing pins along the edge of the table holding them in place. Then flip back the top and batting, spray baste, smooth the batting down, spray baste, and then smooth on the quilt top. Then I move the entire quilt down, tack it with tape again and repeat until I've finished one half. Then I reallign the pinned edge to the table, and work on the other half from the other side of the table. If it's a big quilt, I usually enlist my husband to help hold up the extra layers while I spray and smooth them.
    Once I'm done spray basting, I like to either stitch in the ditch or use a basting stitch to make quadrants on the quilt, so the layers are less likely to shift or wrinkle. A quick trip around the very edge of the quilt is also helpful, It holds the edges together and makes quilting the borders so much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I have folding tables from Walmart and use Sharon Schamber's method to roll them onto flat boards but instead of thread basting then I spray baste. It goes really, really fast that way. Sharon Schamber's videos are available on youtube.
    Ditto for me (But I got my tables at Sam's Club). They are 2 x 4 feet each and I have 3 of them can place them end to end for larger quilts. They have telescoping legs so I can set them at counter height, and each one folds down to 2 x 2 feet for easy storage.

    And here's a tute I posted awhile back that shows the process. I almost always spray-baste now with 505 instead of thread-baste, but the process is the same. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...mq-t91013.html
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    sometimes I go to a neighbor's house - she has a ping pong table that's HUGE!!! Or l will go to our local elementary school after hours. The janitors let me push two cafeteria tables together to pin/baste my quilts. I bring them cake or cookies as bribery!! lol!!

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    When I was learning to quilt, we used the banquet tables in our local senior center, putting as many together as we needed, fastening the backing down with masking tape. Now that I am less mobil and making smaller quilts (lap sized), I drape them over my own folding table, working from one end to the other, smoothing a lot as I go. Gravity keeps things together as I drape the sandwich off the edge of the table then gradually move the parts towards me. Yes, when I was younger, I did garment layouts on the floor, but now I'd need a crane to get back up.

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    I do mine at the County Extension Office, lots of tables and room. Our County Agent is always happy to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    I've done this too, but be creative about other places - maybe church hall or other local spot like American Legion or anyplace that has big tables in a room that is not used all the time. If bending to table height is a problem, get some wood blocks or something that you put under legs to lift up a few inches. I haven't done a bed size quilt in ages, but I do smaller ones on the kitchen counter end of peninsula that was designed for this. I also have one of those folding tables like they sell in JoAnn's that someone gave me. Sprays vary in quality and toxicity, so check carefully before you use one. I find they don't always stay stuck if you don't get to the quilting right away. I usually put in a few pins even when I do the spray.
    I am lucky enough to have access to the room in our church that our quilting group uses weekly...so I go there on a non-quilting day to pin baste
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    I used to "go to church" and use their tables, but most of the time I use my quilt frames. I have four sticks now; my longest is 96 inches. I put this up in my living room or kitchen and roll around it with my rolling serger chair. I can pin baste this in less than an hour without having to roll the sides in. I have long arms and can reach the center.
    I can tie a quilt for an hour or two and then my husband helps me roll the sides in. Then the quilt gets smaller and we can walk around it easier. But the sticks still stick out. Sometimes my husband wants to get to the other side, and I tell him to walk out the door, walk around the house and come back in another door. LOL
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    I go downstairs in the den in front of my fireplace and lay it out, we do not have furniture down there so I can lay out a queen size perfectly...then I lay down on it and start pinning...I am only 27 so its not an issue...but down the road it would be awesome to have one of those big crafting tables out in the breezeway to be able to stand up and pin...maybe one day in my lifetime
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    Ah, to be 27 again.

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    I use the dining room table with the pad turned upside down. The fuzz grabs the backing and keeps it smooth. Then batting then top. Works for me. on the last one (lap sized) I used glue. I am going to use it from now on. Worked great.


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    This looks like somthing I'll try next time - I've seen the video too, but didn't want to do all that thread basting. Up until now I've taped mine down on the carpet and agree, that's getting to be a real pain!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I have folding tables from Walmart and use Sharon Schamber's method to roll them onto flat boards but instead of thread basting then I spray baste. It goes really, really fast that way. Sharon Schamber's videos are available on youtube.

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    I have a flannel backed tablecloth that hangs on a wall and doubles as my design wall. I read about using the wall to make my sandwiches using basting spray. works very well. note I only make lap size quilts.

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    My quilting buddy has 4big tables in the basement..we tape down the edges of the backing and go from there. We have "mutual pinning and binding agreement "!

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    On the dining room table, I have a pad on it and if the quilt is too big, I pin half and fold under the other half so that I can tape it to the table. Works great for me!

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    I just had a friend make me 2 4x6 panels of styrofoam that is reinforced by some firring strips around the edges and a few times in the middle. My plan is to put those wherever I need them to hang my backing on - spray baste my batting and quilt top on - or pin I guess if I think I need to. I saw this on a youtube video the other day and immediately jumped on the idea. The materials cost a little less than $60. This will also now serve as my design wall with some flannel tacked on. Each panel weighs only about 4 lbs, so I can easily move them. I will have this in my home tonight and am excited to give it a shot. I have my first twin size quilt all ready to go.

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    Joyce, AZWENDYG on this board has a tute for that. It's the only way to go. I'll never do it the old way again.

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