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    I have to go to Home Depot next time DH goes. Neat tute, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kittycats
    I wonder if you could use warm and natural quilt batting to cover the boards. I always have left overs. Mabey will try it.
    I used my warm and natural scraps to cover the boards and it worked fine.

    Today was the first time of using this method and I have to say I am actually looking forward to basting the next one! So much easier than using the floor. Thanks for posting this tutorial!

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    Thank you for your great tutorial. Also thank you for giving us the info on Sharon Schamber's tute. I'm going to have to make a trip to Sams, Lowe's and Hancock's to get set up. Any more I can't get down on the floor to sandwich a quilt (have problems getting up). You're a life-saver and I appreciate the time and pictures to give us this very useful tutorial. I love your quilt, too. You'll have to give us pics when you're finished.

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    I'm THRILLED that so many of you are finding this info helpful! I know I hated trying to sandwich a quilt on the floor and this method really makes basting an enjoyable part of the process. :)

    I've had this quilt done for awhile now (using it every evening on the sofa) and need to get it outside during the daytime so I can take some pictures of it to post...maybe this weekend.

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    This is a great tute. Very helpful. Now, since I am new at quilting my own quilt, once you get the quilt basted, you take it off the boards, right? and how do you handle it to quilt it on your machine? Also, you quilt from the middle out to the edges, don't you? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdieClay
    This is a great tute. Very helpful. Now, since I am new at quilting my own quilt, once you get the quilt basted, you take it off the boards, right? and how do you handle it to quilt it on your machine? Also, you quilt from the middle out to the edges, don't you? Thanks!
    That's right, when you baste your quilt is unwrapped from the boards as you go. Once it's totally basted, it's not on the boards anymore. Leah Day has a good video on how to handle a big quilt while you free-motion quilt it on your machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc2Y14B-vwk
    I do usually start quilting from near the middle. If I'm doing some stitch-in-the-ditch (SITD) combined with free-motion, I'll do all of the SITD first and then go back and do the free-motion designs. I don't think there's really a right or wrong way to do it, that's just how I prefer to handle it.

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    Thank you! Thank you! I knew there had to be a way to put it all together with out a quilt frame. Love your Idea!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Thanks so much for all the detailed steps on basting a quilt sandwich. Soooo glad I found your posting. Tonight I finished piecing a Batik top (65" x 84") which is the largest I've ever done and had no idea of what to do next.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

    Once I learn your technique I wont be limited to making baby quilts and placemates.

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    Wendy, Love your Scarlet Fiesta!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    Quote Originally Posted by auntlucy
    Any particular reason that you use mdf boards rather than wood boards? Is each board 8 plus feet long? Thanks for the great pictures and instructions.
    I bought the mdf boards because they were much less expensive and much straighter than solid wood that I could find, and won't warp over time. In order for me to keep everything straight when rolling the top and backing on the boards, I figured I'd need perfectly straight boards to start with. It seems like 4" - 6" strips of 5/8 or 3/4 plywood would also work well if you happen to have that on hand. The flannel covering is stapled on and works a lot like a design board in that the fabric kind of naturally adheres to it when you smooth it onto the flannel; no need for any pins to hold your quilt fabric on the boards.

    The boards I used here are 8 feet long, but I have a shorter, 5 foot, set that fits on my cutting table for smaller quilts. It works best to use boards that are just a little longer than your quilt is wide.

    Hope this answers your questions...
    I love your flannel covered boards... clever idea and really handy, I'll bet!

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    This is a lot like Sharon Schaumber's instructions - it works, cause I tried it on a huge quilt for my daughter

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    Quote Originally Posted by many craft person
    This is a lot like Sharon Schaumber's instructions - it works, cause I tried it on a huge quilt for my daughter
    Yep, sure is. That's where I learned it! :thumbup:

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    This was so helpful - thanks so much for taking the time to show us!

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    Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to show a "Newbie" how to properly baste a quilt. No wonder I've been having problems! With your directions and photos, I see success in my future! Thanks ever so much!

    Warmest Regards,

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    My ignorance: I had to find a definition for MDF: It means Medium Density Fiberboard
    from Home Depot: "Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
    MDF is made by breaking softwoods down into individual fibers, which are then glued and pressed together. MDF is denser than particle board and has a smooth finish that takes paint very well, making it a great choice for interior projects. MDF can also be used for built-ins, cabinets, raised panels, or simple furniture."

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    Another thanks for a great tute. I never thought of adding the flannel to the boards but will now. Again, thanks so much.

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    Great instructions - using MDF for rolling fab would be better than regular boards, as it won't warp - THANKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondmom
    Another thanks for a great tute. I never thought of adding the flannel to the boards but will now. Again, thanks so much.
    You're welcome! The flannel makes all the difference in the world in holding the quilt top stable on the board when rolling it.

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    I just found your tute in the archives. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. Your directions are very clear and easy to follow. What a wonderful solution for a difficult job!

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    I hope you don't mind. I linked to your tutorial from my blog and borrowed a picture (it redirects here) blog.petitdesignco.com

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    Thanks so much. I must try this. Looks like you can keep it straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemejia View Post
    I hope you don't mind. I linked to your tutorial from my blog and borrowed a picture (it redirects here) blog.petitdesignco.com
    You are welcome to use it; thanks for letting me know!
    Wendy

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    Thank you so much for the tutorial and the excellent photos with the descriptions. I have been searching for a method to pin my quilts without getting down on the floor, and you have ended my search.

    amh
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    This is the way to go!!!!! I have tried it, shared it, and love it!

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    Thank you so much for your directions and photos. I'm going to try this on my next quilt.

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