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Old 06-27-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default For Quilters: Board Basting

Basting a quilt (temporarily fastening top, batting, and back together for quilting) is almost every quilter's LEAST favorite part of quilting. With a large quilt, you have to find a big enough place to spread all of that out My lap quilts run about 4 feet by 5 feet, so even they are too big for my dining room table. I've been taking them to DH's church, pushing two of their folding tables together, and using those. But the batting for a king-size quilt is 12 feet by 12 feet! Basting for something like that usually means the floor. Even if you spread it out over multiple tables, the center is still 6 feet in, out of reach.

A long-arm quilting machine, or a hand-quilter's frame, handles this problem by wrapping top, batting, and back around spindles:

And now someone has converted this idea into something practical for those of us who don't have room for a machine that's 15 feet wide and don't care to hand-quilt.


In place of the machine's/frame's spindles, wrap your excess top and back fabric around boards placed on your dining room table.

I have to try this!
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:08 PM   #2
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Yup, or you could buy the two ends and fittings, and use the Flynn system I have...no basting required. You cau use their fibreglass rods for small projects, or buy metal conduit (pipes) like I did. I *think* I can go as high as a king size, but can't remember the pipe length.

If you don't want to quilt using the frame, you can use it to speed baste.


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