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Thread: Homemade Quilting Table

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    After reading posts on here about turning your sewing machine sideways to quilt, I decided to build my own quilting table from wood and fabric scraps I had around the house. I used a piece of 1/2 inch plywood which I cut 16 inches by 32 inches so it would fit on top of my sewing cabinet. I then cut a slot out for my machine to fit in. I measured how high I needed it to be to give me a flat quilting surface and ripped four 14 inch long 1 x 4's on my table saw to attach as skid-type legs and attached them to the plywood leaving room on the ends to attach the batting, fabric and clear vinyl. I attached the legs with several nails then used my palm sander to round off all the edges. I covered the top with 1 layer of 80/20 batting and a piece of fabric which I attached with a staple gun and added a piece of clear vinyl on top of that.

    It works great and is light enough to move when using my machine for piecing. I can also take it with me when I travel and set it up on a table.

    My mother has the same machine I do, so I made one for her as well. It only took a couple hours to build each one. I thought about putting something on the front to give it a more finished look, but decided I like having it open to put my extra bobbins, clippers and other items out of the way but within easy reach.
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    Wow, great job!!!!!! Youre really handy!

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    Great thinking! I agree that the storage place for bobbins and thread is more important than a "finished look". Besides, who can see that with a quilt up there?

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    I am bookmarking this post and have already decided what my DH's next project is going to be. Heaven help him when he says next "I need something to do." LOL

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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing your idea.

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    Wow, that is fantastic. You are really good with your hands and your imagination. I never would have thought of that or attempted it. Great job. Thanks for the step by step instructions too.

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    Very clever! Great job!

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    You are one smart cookie :!:

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    wow that looks really great.
    are you going into business??
    I'll be your first customer....I just posted about an hour ago that I'm looking for an extension table. :-D

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    What a SMART WOMAN you are. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    [quote=laurlync]After reading posts on here about turning your sewing machine sideways to quilt, I decided to build my own quilting table from wood and fabric scraps I had around the house. I used a piece of 1/2 inch plywood which I cut 16 inches

    How did the final quilt turn out and can we see it? Thanks! :thumbup:

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    very clever!
    and a great job!

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    Now aren't you the clever one!

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    You could go into business making quilt extension tables for ALL of us that don't have CRAFTY & HANDY husbands,lol!! Great idea, I have it bookmarked!

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    Clever!!! Good Job :D:D:D

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    Thanks so much for sharing! That is fantastic!!! I like that your table is versatile and portable as well. I showed your handy work to my handyman husband. He was most impressed! Smart girl!!!

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    What a great idea!

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    WOW...this is such a great idea! I will have to show this to my DH, maybe I can motivate him....I could argue that this would be much cheaper than a long-arm and would work great...lol...he may just goes for it :lol: ......Thank you for sharing!!! What a neat idea!! :thumbup:

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    Cool!

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    I can do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! I NEED one of those. You described it so well that I could relate to what you were doing (would love if you had step by step pictures and posted them) and the way you photographed the final table shows me precisely what you meant. (I am friends with the tools and toys in the garage.!) It is now on my list.

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    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Thank you all for your comments. Just a few years ago I could barely drive a nail with a hammer. I bought my house in 2004 knowing that it needed LOTS of work, but I got more house for my money that way. I'm still an amature, but have learned a lot over the last six years. This was one of my easier projects.

    The quilt in the picture is a top I bought from Aunt Bea's on ebay to use as practice on my FMQ. I am still working on the binding, but pictures are attached. It is made up of grandmother's fan and log cabin blocks, so I usually either call it my Grandmother's Cabin quilt or just my ebay quilt. The top was machine pieced and the workmanship and fabric were excellent. The top laid perfectly flat and was very easy to pin baste and quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori L
    I am bookmarking this post and have already decided what my DH's next project is going to be. Heaven help him when he says next "I need something to do." LOL
    Just tell him that a "girl did it" in about 2 hours...maybe that will help motivate him. LOL!

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    Great job! I also have that same Kenmore :)

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    You are a clever and talented lady!!Great job!! :thumbup:

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