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Thread: Grace frame finally set up!

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    After waiting another 4 days for missing parts to arrive I was finally able to set it up this weekend. The directions are very clear but it took SEVERAL hours, I didn't keep track but I did it over two days. There are 96 screws just for the 4 poles!

    This is the only space I have for it, a spare bedroom, that is almost too small for it. I set it up as a king because I have 3 very large quilts to do. Might have to re-arrange this room so I can put the frame up against the back wall.

    One thing that will be nice to have is a small table to set supplies on. I looked at a couple of rolling carts online but man, they were expensive. A cheap end table with a drawer would be fine and could probably put some rolling casters on the legs. I'll keep an eye out for one cheap and/or a thrift shop. I could always paint one that looks bad as long as it is sound.

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    Can hardly wait to see your work, so get to it :lol: Have fun...
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    Good for you. Try a freecycle group in your area for a free table or check craigslist. You can sometimes find good stuff.

    http://www.freecycle.org/

    http://www.craigslist.org/about/cities

    Can't wait to see your first quilt done on the frame.

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    I wanna come play!!!

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    Looks good. So, are guests going to have to crawl under it to use the bed?
    What kind of machine are you going to use on it?

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    Yes, guests are going to have to crawl under it. :twisted: That's the price for staying at my house.... along with stray threads on your clothes.

    The more I think about it, the more I am considering putting it in a slightly larger spare bedroom. I love the other room and I spent a lot of time and effort decorating it. I live alone in a 5 bedroom house so I have an office, a sewing room, my bedroom, and two spares. There HAS to be some place this will fit better!

    I won't be using a machine. Most will probably be tied, some hand quilted if I feel it's worth it for a particularly good one.


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    Wow that is huge or shall I say long.....sure does take up alot of room.....do you plan on getting a longarm machine?

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    I'm so glad you got all your pieces. Now, I don't want to see that frame again unless you have something on it.......................like, a quilt. Wooohoooo, aren't you so happy?

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    Yeeeaaaay Pam, you finally got it set up!

    Wow, all those spare rooms - can I have one for my sewing room? i promise I'll be good and share my stash!

    K x

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    Good luck with it! Enjoy!

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    can't wait to see some work you do with it would love to see a pic once you have a machine on and are working on a quilt. Have been dreaming of a long arm for awhile now

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    this must be a handquilting frame? my machine frame is only set up for 70" as I just don't have anymore room. my DD and I get alot of use out of it tho.

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    I had a grace frame, but it had a table and this must be for hand quilting. That is the bad thing, they take up so much room.

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    Pam, I hope you will enjoy many years of pleasure on your Grace Frame, where ever you decide to place it.

    They have changed the design somewhat in the years since I bought mine.
    I do not see your 4th rail, is it covered by one of the front rails in the px?

    As said on an earlier post to some one else, mine has wooden rails (also cogs) that are still straight & true, even after all this time. There have been a lot of quilts quilted on this frame.

    I am posting a couple of px to show the difference in the frames from "then" & "now".

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    Wow -- those are nice!!

    Does this mean that I can now send all my quilt tops to you two???? :roll:

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    Sure you could use a spare room for your sewing room. One question though... do you cook? :lol:

    Yes, it has a 4th rail that is hidden by the cross supports. Your frame looks brand new! I hope mine looks as nice many years from now.

    I'll have a quilt on it ASAP. I need batting and backing which I can probably get during lunch today. I ordered 108" backing fabric for 3 quilts but not for the one I want to get done first for my brother. I need thread, perle cotton, embroidery floss... and whatever else looks like I need to get it at the store.

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    Pam, You're going to have a lot of fun now!

    Just wanted to mention, I purchased a nice wood t.v. tray from K-mart to hold my pins and thimbles and stuff. They had a good sale! After using that for a while I decided to try a small plastic tray and I just rest it on the quilt itself.

    Were you as surprised as I was when you saw how huge that baby is? I'm finally set up in the back of the family room. My husband was hoping I could move the frame to the sewing room but there's not enough room back there.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    Sure you could use a spare room for your sewing room. One question though... do you cook? :lol:
    DH is sitting by me and he says I cook very well! But I don't think he'd want to let me come over to your place every day to sew!

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    Thats going to be great, if it was bigger, you couldn't move. good luck looking forward to your projects
    :D

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    Pam---wow---looks like you are going to be having fun now!! Will you show us another pic when you get your first quilt loaded on?

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    Good for you Pam!! I'm glad you were able to get it all together and ready to quilt now!! :-)

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    It looks wonderful. Can't wait to see what you quilt on it. Your quilts are always awesome.

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    Absolutely I will post a pic when I get the quilt loaded.. who else would I share that with? :-) I am going to measure the two quilts I want to do first and see if I can break the frame down to a queen instead of a king.

    I just got done sewing the borders on my brother's quilt and it's late and too tired tonight to do anything more. Since I was putting the borders on and I've read posts about wavy borders, I decided I'd take some pics of how I do it. I don't mean to be presumptious and telling people things they already know. Just want to share how I do it that I don't get waves.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/17766.page

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    cool!!! congrats!

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    It looks great! Have a great time with it!

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