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Date: 10/29/11 2:24 PM

I machine pieced and quilted several queen, twin, and crib size quilts several years ago before I was internet sewing group savy lol. I did do one crib size that I completely hand quilted with patterns and such. The hand quilting was gorgeous but took forever. On the larger quilts I used primarily the stitch in the ditch method or obvious straight line patterns that went around the the design. I did primarily traditional block style quilting with straight and 90 degree angles although I did one project with applique. I have not yet attempted free motion quilting.
When I basted the quilt layers before it was quite an undertaking as I literally had to clear out an entire room and tape the muslin to the floor then lay out the batting and then the quilt top and then safety pin the thing together. It was quite an ordeal and I had to hope no one needed to come over as it was in my living room and you would not be able to open the front door in my small house.
Now with my 3 young kids and 3 fur kids ( 2 of whom are 7 and 5 month old puppies.. ) taping the quilt to the floor and being able to work for hours pinning just isnt going to happen for obvious reasons. lol.
I have been commisioned to make a memory quilt and a t shirt quilt in queen size for a few ladies at my church and I need to find a more user friendly way to baste them other than putting them on the floor. I do not have a sewing room and I actually sew in our open dining area.
How do you baste you layers together? Do you use a hand quilting frame and then tack it with a tack gun or safety pin in the same way?
I recently bought a Juki Hzl -f600 and it has the longest arm I have ever had on a home machine and have thougth about maybe trying to free motion quilting and wondered if it might be compatible with a Grace Start right frame.
When you quilt on those type of frames does it omit the step of needing to baste before hand?
I was thinking of doing more quilting on the side especially the t shirt quilting as a buisness.
I dont have alot of extra funds but could maybe swing getting one frame and was wondering what you thought might be best on a limited budget.
Thank you so much for your input.

Ami

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Date: 10/29/11 3:28 PM

You can buy clamps with rubber ends at Lowes or Home Depot and clamp the quilt sandwich onto your dining room table in sections then baste it. I've done this before in a class and it worked quite well. Just make sure to clamp the sections tight on both sides.

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Date: 10/29/11 3:47 PM

I am hopeless at putting in links to web pages, but do have a look at Patsy Thompson on YouTube. She has a wonderful way of basting. She has a wall, covered in cork tiles, pins the quilt back to the wall, spray bastes the wadding to the backing, then spray bastes the quilt top to the wadding. She smoothes each layer as she goes, a bit like wallpapering. Very quick, and no pins. It made me think 'now why didn't I think of that!!' It's just a brilliinat idea, I think.
Can't advise on the frame, as I machine quilt mine, using my QC1000, a supporting table behind my machine table, and a small roller chest at the left side of my machine, which supports all my quilt, and hasn't cost me any extra cash. There is a photo in my flickr album, showing the set up. You can see my flickr page from the url in my profile. [sorry, just cannot get the hang of posting my photos]
Hope this is some help

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Date: 10/29/11 3:57 PM

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I have been commisioned to make a memory quilt and a t shirt quilt in queen size for a few ladies at my church and I need to find a more user friendly way to baste them other than putting them on the floor.


I was going to suggest the wall method but alas... If your church has a meeting hall with banquet tables that could work. A few quilters near me have gotten permission to use a local school dinning hall for spreading out quilts. It has not always been convenient because it has to be arranged with the school custodian and the schedule doesn't alway work.

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Date: 10/29/11 4:17 PM

Warbler is right on! I think businesses and organizations that have huge tables are an interesting idea. i have though about taking my quilts to work and using our large study tables! I may just do that - do not pin the tables though....

Another way is to only make smaller quilts. That's the route i am going to go from here.

Good luck! :)

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Date: 10/29/11 4:23 PM

You might consider checking with your senior center to use tables. Ours has a day that is "open use". You just have to ask in advance ... usually they are available for a couple of hours or more at a time. ... just a thought.

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Date: 10/29/11 4:35 PM

Sharon Schamber, Hand Basting a Quilt, Part 1 (video)
Sharon Schamber, Hand Basting a Quilt, Part 2 (video)

These videos show another variation of "how to baste a quilt". The advantage of this method is that you can do this on one or two folding banquet tables, depending on how wide your quilt is. You'll need some trim boards to roll up the quilt (available at any big box hardware store). Sharon Schamber explains it all very well in her videos.

Remember to remove the hand basting threads in the section that you are machine quilting. She does explain this in the videos, but I've seen another more recent video where she mentions that quilters have asked her how to get the basting out after you quilt; apparently, they forgot the instruction about removing the thread basting in the small section that you have under the needle. After you've quilted a section, it is stabilized and you don't need the basting anymore.

Sharon Schamber has a subscription You Tube channel, but she has also posted many free videos. She has some very exacting techniques (she's won multiple prizes for her quilts). I find her approach and her techniques interesting and thought provoking. I've incorporated some of her ideas into my regular quilting routines.

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Date: 10/29/11 4:38 PM

I would not take on any quilting frame that uses the sewing machine for a commissioned project until actually using the frame long enough to become proficient.

Another thought to keep in mind - these frames can take up an entire room. Once set up you do not want to dismantle and then set back up. My husband put mine together and that is the way it will stay until two strong men carry it out of the house.

I have a Grace set up in my basement, where I also sew and it has become a storage rack. You can only stitch the depth of the harp and move the machine from right to left. Re-roll the quilt and do the next path.

You may ask at quilt shops for recommendations of someone who does long-arm quilting. However, the cost could put a dent in your profit.

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Date: 10/29/11 4:54 PM

Thanks for the SS links. IMO she is absolutely best!

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Date: 10/29/11 5:46 PM

A while ago I saw on ebay a stand up frame for basting quilts advertised. It really wasn't more than some PVC tubing on wheels with canvas around the sides to pin the quilt to, similar to what you sometimes see at shows. I remember thinking it would not be hard to make and printed the photo out. I just googled it called mulberry millie - there is a utube video on it. worth a look

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