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    #31
    Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

    I just watched the video on using a kitchen table to pin the quilt in sections. If I had an old table that might work but the one we have has been handed down for 3 generations and I'm not about to start getting scratches on it from sticking safety pins through the top of the quilt. Ann in Tn
    "The hands, those precious, wonderful instruments, ask for some creative occupation." - Fritz Eichenberg

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      #32
      Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

      My table is also small and because of knee problems I can't get down on the floor. First I make sure everything is ready to go and enough batting and backing to cover the top. I tape the left side of my backing to the table, wrong side up. Be sure to tape the top and side of the backing. I smooth the batting over this and then place the top of the quilt on top of that. Because it is at the table, I can move the chair around the table so everything is within reach. When I am done I remove the tape and move onto the next section. Just be sure you keep enough of the pinned sandwich on the table so you don't get any folds or ripples. This works for me and my knees are happy! Let me know if this works.
      Susan

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        #33
        Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

        I spray baste my quilts and just do it on my bed with a sheet over my bed quilt so I don't get it all sticky. I just have to wash the sheet. I have a small table I can use for smaller quilts, but I have a paralyzed leg, so getting on the floor is not an option for me. You could probably even pin in on a bed if you just put a poster board under the quilt and move it around as you pin so you are not pinning it to the bed.

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          #34
          Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

          Originally posted by ncredbird View Post
          I just watched the video on using a kitchen table to pin the quilt in sections. If I had an old table that might work but the one we have has been handed down for 3 generations and I'm not about to start getting scratches on it from sticking safety pins through the top of the quilt. Ann in Tn
          If you worry about the scratches try placing your large rotary cutting mat under the quilting sandwich.
          Susan

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            #35
            Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

            I have had one of these for years. You can't use your rotary cutter on it, but I always use it for garment making and for layering quilts--protects your surface, and if you use the bed, it keeps you from pinning to the bedclothes. Simple cardboard available at any sewing store. I recently replaced the one I'd had for over thirty years with a new one from Hancock Fabric.

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              #36
              Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

              I do mine on a Ping-Pong table.
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              Hugs, Pat

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                #37
                Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                Wow! Thanks for sharing the 'Sharon' video!
                When she pulled out the piece if wood, I almost stopped the video, but am glad I stuck with it. This method really gives an amazing amount of control. I'm not QUITE going to give up on spray basting, yet! But I think I can incorporate this method into my spray basting practice.
                GREAT share!
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                  #38
                  Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                  I can't do the floor either. My kitchen table is 54x54 square and is the bar height...like bar stools but they are chairs with higher legs than a chair. IF the quilt is bigger than that, I just start in the middle and work to one side, then push it over and work the other side. You could do this with a 5/6 foot banquet table if your kitchen table isn't big enough and set it up when you need it.

                  I recently sandwiched a quilt..and to protect my table top when I cut things out, I had bought one of those cardboard cutting mattes....that are folded accordian stlye and you unfold it to use it. I found that was really helpful for a few more inches on the sides and also, I put that on a table cloth, and it was so easy so move the quilt around...without moving the quilt.
                  Cheri

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                    #39
                    Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                    I use my fam. rm. floor, which is carpeted. I lay down & smooth out the backing first & pin it to the carpet with straight quilting pins placed vertically. Then I lay down the batting & the quilt top. I use the quilting safety pins to sandwich it. I usually have only 2 or 3 pins that have to be adjusted b/c I caught the carpeting. This is what works best for me. Of course, you have to crawl around on the floor, but a pillow helps out the knees. JCY

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                      #40
                      Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                      I just read through all the great suggestions and since I am currently getting PT for my knee I don't want to be crawling around on the floor just yet. I made a design wall out of insulation board and flannel, but the back is available for me to lay on the bed to put my quilt layers together.

                      Thanks to all for the great ideas!

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                        #41
                        Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                        I used to use my bed, but hubby bought me a folding table and I do them in sections on that. The hanging over is great as it keeps the wrinkles out of the back.
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                          #42
                          Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                          I put an old sheet on the bed and sandwich my quilts on it using 505 basting spray. Works like a charm.
                          Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fabric
                          Martina (aka MadQuilter in other forums)

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                            #43
                            Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                            There's a video titled " how to sandwich a quilt on a small table" which works really well

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                              #44
                              Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                              Do you have a LQS nearby? They usually have large tables available and you can schedule a time to go when they aren't teaching a class and use their table to layout and baste your quilt. They might even help you with it.
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                                #45
                                Re: I need to now sandwich my quilt but I cannot get down on the floor.

                                Originally posted by CherylR View Post
                                Thanks Katie, I will have to try that method.
                                I used this method for my first quilt and it worked very nicely. I basted with the stitching she demonstrated.
                                Sharon

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