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Looking for specific quilting frame recommendations
Wanting to sit at a frame, small quilts, can stitch any direction
kellyhogaboom
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Date: 10/23/12 3:10 AM

Ladies and gentleman, I've fallen in love with hand quilting. I quilted most of a baby quilt (36" by 46") on my lap until my mother saw what I was doing and gave me a huge oval hoop, just like an embroidery hoop. This made things a lot easier but as I stitched I realized I'd like to sit AT a frame instead of holding something on my lap.

I read this thread and I've decided I'd like to shop for a stand I can sit at. I have a lot of space in my home so I don't mind how much space it takes up - however I am going to be sewing small quilts, like baby-size. Mostly I want a frame that will keep the quilt clean and keep the edges from getting handled. I can stitch proficiently in any direction and with either hand.

I'd love specific recommendations or links. When I look online I'm overwhelmed with the choices! I liked this frame, and it's a good price for me, as well as a size. If it really is a no-baste scenario that sounds great. I loathe basting quilts.

Thanks in advance for any of your expertise!
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Date: 10/23/12 3:59 AM

Well, your choices are simplified by the fact that there are few brands no-baste HAND quilting frames currently available. Isn't Grace the only one? Jasmine seems to be out of business (I'd love to be wrong about that, but their website seems to indicate so). Does Hinterberg have a rail frame option?

If you prefer to hand quilt in a hoop, you could pay a local longarmer to machine baste your quilt on her frame. While this would cost more than having your own frame after 6-10 quilts, it consumes no space.

I sometimes wish I had bought a Jasmine frame back when. The Grace options don't look quite as nice. I'm trying to get into machine quilting, but I'm not at all good at FMQ yet.


I have a large (22" I think) Hinterberg floor stand hoop, but I've done most of my hand quilting in a 14" lap hoop. I do think a floor rail frame provides the most protection from wear and dirt. To quilt a bed quilt in a hoop requires a lot of repositioning of the hoop and the quilt gets draped all over the place. I used to make the backing very much larger all around and baste it to the front to protect the edges.

To quilt on a floor frame with rails, you must be able to quilt in more than just one direction.

I'll be interested to read what other options exist.
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Date: 10/23/12 4:07 AM

Wow, I just retread that you can quilt in any direction with EITHER hand. Impressive! The a floor frame might be great for you!

The Flynn frame and stand seem suitable for smaller quilts, too. Also very affordable. I've used mine to machine baste a crib-sized quilt in preparation for FMQ. With the stand (or one you could make yourself), you can use it for hand quilting.

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Date: 10/23/12 4:48 AM

I had a friend who hand quilts on this exact frame. As far as I can tell, a small quilt is not a problem - the problem is for quilts which are too big.

She did lovely work on hers.

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Date: 10/23/12 2:31 PM

Franksdottir, did you mean the Grace frame I posted up top, or did you mean the Flynn frame Maia was talking about?

Someone local just offered to sell this one, brand new never used, for $85: a Dritz frame. I'm guessing this is a frame where I'd need to baste first. I'm really liking the idea of a no-baste frame.

Thanks to those helping out here, I appreciate it!

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Date: 10/23/12 4:01 PM

The Grace frame. No basting, and she would sit and quilt the way you said you could, in various directions. I could never figure that out, so if you are able to do it I think the Grace frame would be great.

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Date: 10/24/12 11:28 AM

I would not, repeat NOT recommend the plastic snap frame. Any style rolling wood frame would be preferable.

I have a Sladky frame I bought from Joe Sladky in the late 80's or early 90's and I love the versatility of it. The quilt must be basted as there is no 3rd rail for the backing and batting, but I don't mind basting and like that I can change out quilts in the middle of quilting at will. I've currently got 2 quilts going on separate sets of poles and no worries about tension problems when switching them in and out of the frame. Also, when you are not quilting, you can pivot the frame so the quilting surface is vertical and that is a boon if you are short on space.

I also like that it uses standard closet pole material for the rails, although I bought several sizes of poles from Joe when I bought the frame. He kept trying to talk me out of it, insisting I would save money if I just went to the hardware store and bought the closet poles and cut them down, but I wanted his nicely finished poles with rounded ends.

If you can find a Sladky frame on eBay or Craigslist, consider buying it if you don't mind basting your quilts.

Hinterberg is still in business and their frames were the standard in 3-pole no-baste frames back when I was researching and they still look good to me if you want the no-baste system.

I am so glad to hear there is a new convert to hand quilting! They can do marvelous things with the new long-arm quilting machines but there is still something about a hand-quilted piece that sets it apart.

Happy Quilting!

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Date: 10/27/12 5:24 PM

Dissenter, here.

I have a Dritz/Q-Snap floor frame and an assortment of the smaller lap/hand frames. For a smaller work room, they are marvelous.
I do a minimal baste and adjust as I go. Start in the middle and work your way out. Perfect every time.

BTW: mine was $15 at a yard sale.

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Date: 11/2/12 9:37 AM

Welcome to hand quilting!

The frame you're looking at is a good choice. A friend of mine has one and she likes it.

I use a floor frame, a Hinterberg Classic. They no longer make the classic, but they do offer something similar, however it costs a lot more than the Grace. Their website is www.Hinterberg.com.

For smaller quilts I like using a hoop. I just bought a Jasmine hoop on eBay - the company is out of business but the hoops and frames come up on eBay and Craigslist from time to time.

Good luck with your decision.

Janet

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Date: 11/4/12 2:41 PM

I read every single reply here, several times.

I have a homemade frame right now. Just a simple c-clamp style. I have a line on a few others to borrow or try out. I think I am going to buy the Grace frame I mentioned, because it is in my price point and I am hearing many people like it.

Thank you so much, everyone. I've bookmarked this thread and will continue to read.

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