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    Kate Henry's PVC structure idea

    Thanks to Kate Henry's post earlier this week, my DH and I decided to try this idea. We put up the structure this morning and just have a few adjustments to make before finalizing it. I used it (as is) FMQing my GGS quilt and I think that it is going to revolutionize my FMQing. No more "fighting" the quilt. My block lays flat with no tugging and it moves as needed without restraint. Now, I must admit that this is a quilt the size of a large throw. By no means is it a Queen. So have to take that into consideration but for now, it is a "WOW". It leaves brain cells open to focus on other parts of the technique. Here are my photos and thank you, Kate, for your great idea and, yes, it didn't cost more that $40.00. Love it!

    FYI. Our structure is a "U" shape. We could not find the same corners as Kate but we worked it out another way. I used both elastic and woven strips to hold the quilt and I believe that I like the idea of elastic. The shower rings work beautifully and the clamps are fine too. I am short, 5'1" and I am able to reach everything just fine even without being able to walk around the back of the structure.


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    That contraption sure looks like it will make the FMQ'ing so much easier. If I had to do any quilting on a regular sewing machine, I would definitely get one of those made up. Please show us your quilt when you get through with it.
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    It looks great - what size pipe did you use?

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    I made a similar thing but I used dog grooming arms from Amazon. Just clamp them to your table and add clamps to the already attached ropes. Here are the ones I bought: http://www.amazon.com/Master-Equipme...oming+supplies

    They cost a bit more but they are easier to set up and you can take them down in a jiffy!

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    leah day showed this a couple of years ago on her blog, there may be instructions threre

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    It looks great - what size pipe did you use?
    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    leah day showed this a couple of years ago on her blog, there may be instructions threre
    Kate's original topic, pictures, materials, and assembly instructions are here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...e-t250308.html

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    Looking good! It makes your own quilting cubby! You could hide in there and no one bother you.

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    I will try this again. Hi Kate Henry here. Thank you for the kind words I have found many uses for this and it includes hiding. My daughter is teaching me to pp. I clip the pieces in order down the straps. (this is great for people with short memories) The straps have held many things. My sewing room is my bedroom and I can hang a small lap quilt so don't have to look at what I should be doing.
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    quilting candy! Both Kate and I neglected to say that the diameter of the pipe is 1 1/4". Kate did state to use the heavier/sturdier pipe (40). Also, my height above my sewing table is approximately 40 inches high. I'm sure that you could go higher if you are quite tall. I am not! Used it all afternoon today and I am so pleased with this method. No more "fighting" the quilt. (Still have to stop and adjust the clamps but that is not a problem. Gives me a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kate henry View Post
    I will try this again. Hi Kate Henry here. Thank you for the kind words I have found many uses for this and it includes hiding. My daughter is teaching me to pp. I clip the pieces in order down the straps. (this is great for people with short memories) The straps have held many things. My sewing room is my bedroom and I can hang a small lap quilt so don't have to look at what I should be doing.
    Kate! This made me laugh. My DH said now I won't know if you are there or not. LOL. It is a little cocoon. Love it! Thanks again for sharing your idea and the supply list. It helped greatly. Yolanda

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH View Post
    I made a similar thing but I used dog grooming arms from Amazon. Just clamp them to your table and add clamps to the already attached ropes. Here are the ones I bought: http://www.amazon.com/Master-Equipme...oming+supplies

    They cost a bit more but they are easier to set up and you can take them down in a jiffy!
    And in between, you can groom your dog.
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    I love the dog grooming arms, I have four of them. I love that they can be taken down and set up quickly.

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    I have a (maybe dumb) question. I definitely want to try this quilting system. I have only quilted one quilt, and it was SITD, but I do want to learn other techniques.

    My question is - how would I made the frame larger to fit a QS or KS quilt?

    Thanks!!

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    I like Kate's idea of using a small throw to hide the structure when not in use. Would help visual clutter in our small space. Now ifs I can just get my DH to help create the frame.

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    This has turned into fun posts. Had some giggles, great way to start a day. Daughter is coming in and out, she is waiting to start classes on pp. To answer Ladydukes question. You can fold larger quilts, clip quilts in middle. I have not had a problem with larger quilts. Thanks again for such fun posts. kate
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    Ok I can't resist any longer! I have to share my story My dear husband made me one of these a few months ago right before our Snowvember storm here in WNY. The first morning after we finished making it, I went down to my sewing studio to use it and I smelled gas. 911 told us to get out of the house and they sent the fire department. Of course DH stayed and took the guys downstairs. The gas pipe coming into the house was right next to the "set-up" and the firemen looked at it very puzzled. So DH told them it was an adult toy (think 50 shades of Gray!) Now whenever I use it I have to smile!!! PS Gas company came put in a new valve even in that stormy weather!!!! Oh and l love the set-up no matter what it looks like!

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    That looks like a somewhat simple idea that works wonders for your FMQ. Thanks for sharing this tip.

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    I like this idea a LOT but my sewing room is the living room and it's crazy enough in there already, I think this structure would be just a little too much. I like the dog grooming arms idea, though! Or maybe I could rig some sort of "holder" attached to my table that I could just pop the top part in and out of so I could only have it up when it's actually needed. I'll have to think about this...I was FMQ'ing a queen a few weeks ago and wondering why I ever thought that was a good idea, LOL. I got it done, but it wasn't really fun or easy. This would help a lot, I think.

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    My husband made something similar for me, works great! The only thing I noticed different is your clamps, at first we tried that type of clamp but they were just too hard for these old hands to open, someone suggested rachetting (sp?) clamps-they are super, so easy to open & close & are secure, much better for my hands.

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    [QUOTE=LyndaOH;7046502]I made a similar thing but I used dog grooming arms from Amazon. Just clamp them to your table and add clamps to the already attached ropes. Here are the ones I bought: http://www.amazon.com/Master-Equipme...oming+supplies

    Lynda, That looks very interesting. How many did you need, and for what size table?

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    So glad I clicked on this post. Just showed pics to my DH and he says he will make this for me! Yay!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    I use just two of them, and my table is about 36" deep and 72" wide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH View Post
    I made a similar thing but I used dog grooming arms from Amazon. Just clamp them to your table and add clamps to the already attached ropes. Here are the ones I bought: http://www.amazon.com/Master-Equipme...oming+supplies

    Lynda, That looks very interesting. How many did you need, and for what size table?

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    I need to do something like this for sure. I like the dog arm clams too,I may just get the pipe and clamps and make my own doggie like clamps because something like that would be easier to make the adjustments on and to move it to a different place if need too. Some GREAT ideas!!!

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