Sunday, June 12, 2011

How a Little Old Lady....

How A little OLD LADY....

Hello my name is Freda, and I can be found here!

( I am here after one of my followers thought this would be a superb post for you ladies here on Stash Manicure. Madame Samm was so nice about it, she gave me a date right away, so I could tell you my story. It is a pretty good one too, so listen up) 
...sandwiches and pin bastes a quilt without needing to make an appointment with her orthopedic doctor.

I do arrange quilt blocks on the floor but anything beyond this is not happening!  My knees just won't allow it.  So...  I use my dining room table, a folding cardboard cutting board, and some binder clips to make a quilt sandwich!




You know the type cutting board... it's available in any fabric store I've ever been in and this is my second one.  The first cutting board fell apart after 25 years of regular use!  




Once you have the backing spread out on the cutting board, you will need some binder clips, which are available in office supply stores and may well be available in WalMart.  Look near the paper clips.
Use 7-9 binder clips to attach the backing to the cutting board.



I don't worry about scratching the table surface because there is always fabric between the bottom of the binder clip and the table.
Next, the batting goes on.  With the backing clipped down, it won't slide around and you'll be able to spread out the batting and smooth it easily.   
Once the batting is positioned, reach under the batting and remove the binder clips and reclip the batting and the backing to the cutting board.




I use additional binder clips to hold the batting and backing to the cutting board, probably 4-5 on each side and a several on each end.   The quilt top is next...




It's very nice to have the backing and batting secured as you line up the quilt top and spread it on top.




Once you have the quilt top placed, reach under the top and remove the binder clips.   Smooth, smooth, smooth the quilt top and replace binder clips to hold your quilt sandwich together.




If you discover a wrinkle...




...it's easy to remove the binder clip to smooth out the wrinkle...




...and then replace the binder clip!




After you've smoothed the layers to your satisfaction, it's time to pin!




Once you've pinned everything you can on top of the cutting board, unclip the quilt sandwich and slide it to one side.  
The cutting board will tend to slide with the fabric; however, it's not a huge problem to hold the board while moving the quilt sandwich.  The pins in the center hold things together very well.




Once positioned...smooth, clip, smooth, clip... then pin, pin, pin!  Repeat with the other side of the quilt sandwich and you're done!

I sit in a chair while doing the pin basting.... and my back as well as my knees thank me!


Editors note:
I was sew excited Freda said yes, that we just have to a giveaway to celebrate...


And today our very special giveaway to remind us all to be on the cutting edge like our Sponsor
IHAN ( I Have a NOTION) managed by our dear Kelly... her blog and store can be found here
If you are a beginner quilter, Kelly can help you with stuff you need to get started. She has notions...
lot's of them ...LIKE THESE SCISSORS..

She tells me these scissors can cut through 8 layers of cotton fabric EASILY...Can you believe that?
Now I do believe her, but I have never had a pair.lol...Sew you will have to tell me ok?

Sew what do you have to do to win a pair...?

#1 Please go and be a new follower on Freda's blog, I just know
she will be thrilled to have some new friends....

#2 Ohhh and you just have to go and say Hi to Kelly on her blog, join her on her blog...she always
has some great shares...

#3 Leave a comment here today oh how do you sandwich your quilt...? I really do want to know..
on the floor, table, the way Freda does it? How do you do that?

Winner announced tomorrow!


Congrats #21 TRUFFLE QUEEN...
sent you an email.... YOU just cut
me up! 
To all those who left comments to 
both Freda and Kelly...Thank you from
their hearts to yours.





156 comments:

  1. I follow Kelly's I Have A Notion blog!

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  2. I have two banquet tables with plastic tops in my basement that I put side by side and that is where I sandwich my quilts. I use masking tape to tape down the backing and then the batting. The clips are are great idea, but would not work on my table and the masking tape works fine. I wouldn't be able to do it on the floor either.

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  3. I follow Kelly's blog & Freda's as well.
    Great idea, will most certainly give it a try.

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  4. I have done the crawl around the floor technique, way to old to try that again.
    The last two quilts have been king size string quilt as you go. I did lay out the back squares on the living room floor to get a pleasing arrangement. But no kneeling was involved. Again great idea.

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  5. Oops forgot to give you my email account.
    hadacres at comcast.net for comment 3 & 4.
    Long weekend sorry for the goof up.

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  6. I baste on a portable banquet table using the similar method but different clips to use on a wider table. Large quilts - my Mom has the same portable table and we can put the two together.

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  7. I use my small rectangular kitchen table and let the excess top, batting and backing fall to the floor on all four sides. The weight helps pull it down and puts tension on the center part which is on the table. After that is pinned I can move to do each side as Freda does.

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  8. well I just finished my very first quilt which I did mostly in a class and I am so hooked. the way we did it is pretty much the same way you did but used painters tape to hold down teh bottom layer

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  9. I don't know if you meant all three things meant one entry or each thing meant a separate entry but... I'm following Freida's blog.

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  10. I'm following Kelly's blog too.

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  11. I'm fortunate to have some huge, counter height worktables at my office- perfect for basting.

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  12. I have been a follower of Kelly for awhile!

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  13. I baste on the floor. Smooth it out, chase the cats, smooth it out again, steal my scattered pins from the cats, Lock them in a room and start over!

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  14. I thought I already followed I have a notion as I have bought something for there before, but I guess I wasn't doing it publicly, now I am :)

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  15. I have basted on the floor (least favorite) on the kitchen counter (ok) most recently I bought two six foot tables and basted on them. Its was alright but the tape didn't do very well so, I bought some clips to try next time I have a project to baste.

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  16. I also follow the Empress's blog.

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  17. I tried the floor ONCE and my knees said no more. I use a table for quilts I quilt on my regular sewing machine. I have a mid-arm frame for the others.

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  18. If the top is bigger than a postage stamp it goes to my longarm quilting friend! Seriously, if it's a wall hanging I sandwich it on top of a table that's got a big sheet of plastic under it - then I SPRAY baste it! Works for me! The fumes can be bad - so I like to do it outside - IF it's not too windy! Karen K. Buckley was in StC last fall and many of us ordered her scissors before they were available in the stores! They are WONDERUL - especially the BIG handles! How about the Baltimore Quilt at Kelly's blog! WOWEEE!

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  19. I procrastinate basteing my quilts...because I couldn't figure out a way to do it tightly. I previously have done it painfully on the floor. I now plan to try Frieda's plan. It seems much less painful!
    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

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  20. any where that it will fit :))

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  21. I did baste my quilts on a pin pong table but sadly that was given away due to lack of space when we moved. I now crawl around on the floor but love the great tutorial on how to baste on a table so will give this a go next time. Thank you for sharing

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  22. I do mine on my ping pong table, and I spray baste. No pins.

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  23. I've basted my two quilts (the only two that I've made) on the floor but this is the second time that I've seen someone baste like Frieda, and I'm definitely going to try it on my next quilt!

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  24. I use the floor for big quilts but will have to give this a try as my knees do not like it...neither does Sam as I usually kneel on his doggy bed!!!

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  25. I've been over to say hello and thanks to Freda.

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  26. I use my cutting board and chase it and the 3 layers all around the table...I *ahem* never thought of using bulldog clips!

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  27. This is a great post! Thank you!

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  28. I signed up to follow Freda's blog. The title of her blog has cracked me up ever since I first found it.

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  29. I already follow Kelly's blog. Those scissors look amazing.

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  30. I generally don't sandwich my quilts as I quilt on a frame with a midarm machine. I love not having to baste or pin! Every once in a while I will quilt something small like a table runner on my home machine and then I use fusible batting.

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  31. I am yet to sandwich my 1st ever quilt *sigh*

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  32. I am a new follower of Freda's. Thanks for a great lesson. I will have to give that a try.

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  33. I am a follower of Kelly's blog!! Love her and her store!!

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  34. I currently sandwich my quilts on the floor...which I hate because it reeks havoc on my body BUT now I have a new way to try. thanks again

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  35. What a fantastic way for saving our knees...and backs! Thank you Freda, I will have to give this a try.

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  36. I do something similar using my dining room table. Lately, I have been experimenting with fusible batting.

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  37. I follow Freda's blog. thanks for the tutuorial

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  38. I follow Kelly's blog and commented at I have a notion.

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  39. I am a put it on the floor girl! thanks!

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  40. A very timely post for me. My knees hurt today from crawling around on the floor yesterday to pin a quilt. Thanks for the post...my next one will be on the counter top with a cutting board.

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  41. Thanks for introducing me to The Empress! I joined Freida's blog and look forward to getting to know her better.

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  42. I've been sandwiching my quilts on the floor and have really put off doing them lately because it is such a difficult job! You can bet I'm planning to use Freida's method from now on! I'll try it out on some of my smaller quilts before I try to tackle a large one and see how it goes. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  43. This is a divine giveaway and I already follow that spunky Kelly whom I talk to every now and then through email. Love yours too of course!
    I pin on the carpeted floor always and it works fine for now, but when I get a little older I may have to come up with something different;)

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  44. I am following both blogs now! I sandwich my quilta in the same manner with one small exception - I clip-baste to my table itself. I do have one of those cutting boards, and did try using it when basting a quilt, but found that too cumbersome. So I bought the jumbo-size clips and they fit my table perfectly. My husband is working on making me some risers to set under the table legs to raise the height of my table, as I occasionally stand while working on a project. Thanks! Also, the scissors look interesting - 8 layers, huh? Would love to find out! Thanks for offering the give-away!
    Cindy in Mississippi

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  45. Just did one this weekend. I tape the backing to my bedroom floor, add the batting and the top, smooth out, then pull back the layers 1/2 at a time and spray baste. Works like a charm!

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  46. Eight layers at once? Hmmm....I'll have to win a pair to find out...sounds like a great scissors to have around!! Thanks for the give-away, Madame!!!

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  47. I am a long-time follower of Impera Magna, quilter extraordinairre! Loved your knee-friendly quilt binding technique, Freda!!

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  48. I just tried Freda's method and like it a lot. Since I don't have the cutting board I got giant binder clips and clipped directly to my dining room table. I think it worked very well! Thanks for sharing this info.

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  49. I already follow Kelly's blog - she is so awesome and extremely helpful! I am lucky enough to have a tall, long island/bar in my kitchen which is the perfect place to baste. What I like even better is to have my longarmer baste my quilts on her machine (I just don't like to pay for it!).

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  50. I usually sandwich on the floor. I have carpet and it seems to get stuck sometimes. I like the table idea and may need to try that!!

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  51. My favorite method is writing a check and sending it to the long arm quilter. If I have to and the quilt is small enough, I usually tape the backing to my long tables (that are side by side) and spray baste the layers together. Thank you for a very wonderful post on your method and a very nice giveaway. Judy C

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  52. I am also a kelly follower - love her notions. Judy C

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  53. I will be following Freda - wonderful posting. Judy C

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  54. Ok, drooling - have been wanting to try these scissors. Sandwiches - I take big quilts to the longarmer. Small quilts, which I love to make, I now use fusuible fleece, which I love. Dee - jessibir@hickorytech.net

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  55. Thanks to you Madame Samm, I am now a delighted follower of Freda's blog.

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  57. I am now a follower of Kelly's blog. I love finding interesting blogs and I owe it all to Madame Samm.

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  58. I usually spray baste everything unless it is hand quilted, then I use my no baste Ulmer frame.

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  59. I have only completed one quilt so far and the way I was shown to sandwich it was on the floor. I like this way MUCH better. Thanks for sharing. jmniffer

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  60. I think this is a great way to baste a quilt. I have been using a banquet table from COSTCO. The sides are thick so I use the bicycle clips that were "must haves" for quilting years ago. I never could use them to hold the edges of the quilt out of the way, but they work well for holding the layers taut while basting.

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  61. I pin mine to the carpet in the living room.

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  62. I have only helped wiith one queen size quilt, and it was done on a tabletop. Hated it. Now I will try the clp method. Thanks.

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  63. I found two new blogs, thank you. I am now their followers.

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  64. On the floor. Always on the floor. And at night. Otherwise little feet, hands, and knees are all over it.

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  65. I like this clip idea quite a bit and will give it a try for my next quilt. I am usually down on the floor and use painter's tape to secure each of the layers. (Doesn't really work!)

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  66. New follower of IHAN - thanks to them for your giveaway!

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  67. I'm a new subscriber to Freda's blog! Thanks for a great way to sandwich a quilt!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. I am already a follower of Kelly's blog, and I do SEW hope that I can win those scissors. No matter what I say or where I hide them, the hubby and the kiddos always want to use my fabric scissors...you can guess how sharp they are now. NOT. Thanks, Kelly for a super giveaway!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. My last quilt was sandwiched in the old "oh my aching knees" process on the floor, but now I have a new way! Thanks, Freda and Madame, for this great tutorial!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. For large quilts I use a table and clips just like Freda. For lap and baby quilts I spray baste, also on the table. No floor for me!

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  71. I belong to a small quilting group --- when one of us has a quilt to be basted, we lay it on a ping pong table and, together, pin or thread baste it. It goes quickly and isn't too hard on our backs.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  72. Because I have arthritis in my hands I have almost given up on pinning/basting quilts but I think with Freda's method I could do it again! Mostly I use fusible batting - I like the bamboo kind. blessings, marlene

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  73. Freda, I really like you way of pinning :) I have a bad back anyway so usually suffer through pinning on the ground, but now will definitely have to try this method. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  74. I am already a follower of IHAN.

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  75. I am already a follower of Freda's blog, too.

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  76. I sandwich my quilts on the floor and use basting spray.

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  77. I am now a delighted follower of Freda's blog. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Linda
    http;//homesweetquiltinghome@blogspot.com

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  78. Left a message on Freda's blog. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Linda
    http;//homesweetquiltinghome@blogspot.com

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  79. I'm following Freda blog......love the post!

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  80. I told Kelly Hey and I already follow her blog.

    Billie in TX

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  82. I sometimes do them on my DH pool table, but I with the same fold out sewing board. I do think the idea with the table would be much better.

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  83. I really cheat when I am putting together my quilt sandwich for basting. I call my local quilt store!! I have a tiny home with no floor space so I call ahead and see if I can use one of their large quilt tables. That way I am off the floor and I can ask for help or advice if I need it. Of course I may treat myself to a little something while I am there....

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  84. I already follow Kelly's IHAN blog.

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  85. I use a large table at church and masking tape, and then I pin. Thanks for the tutorial - I'll have to try binder clips!

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  86. I'm a new follower of Freda's blog.

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  87. I'm now following Kelly's blog. Love those scissors.

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  88. I usually send my large quilts out to be quilted. If I have small quilts such as doll quilts or wall hangings, I us a spray baste.

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  89. I have a large cutting table that I open fully and use painters tape to hold the backing and batting down but this looks even better .Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  90. Now following Freda's blog. :)

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  91. Already following the I have a notion blog. :)

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  92. Well, previously I've done a couple of baby quilts and used the ping pong table, which worked pretty well, but I want to try Sharon Schambler's (spelling?) method, and use her basting technique (see youtube) for my next project.

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  93. Pardon me - it's Sharon Schamber, name of the video is Hand Basting a Quilt, part 1.

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  94. I've used the floor, but much prefer this method. Thanks for sharing!

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  95. I usually sandwich my quilts on the dining room table. I had tried to tape the backing to keep it tight but didn't have much luck. Love Freda's idea with the clips and cardboard.

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  96. I've never thought of binding that way....but you know what? I really like it....saves the knees and ya know that is a good thing :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  97. I sandwich my quilts similar to Freda. I use basting spray and then a few pins to keep things from getting unglued while flipping it around doing FMQ.

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  98. I sandwich my quilts similar to Freda. I use basting spray and then a few pins to keep things from getting unglued while flipping it around doing FMQ.

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  99. I sandwich my quilts on my dining room table with that board that Freda uses but have never thought about binder clips...what a good idea! May have to go and find me some of those!!

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  100. Good Afternoon Freda...WAY too cool idea, old never too old when your spirit is as young as you..loved your share, your post, your humor and most of all for being YOU. Are we not all blessed? YOU BET!

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  101. I go to the church and use their huge kitchen counter or push 2 tables together, put the backing down and tape it down to the table tightly, then the batting smoothed over that, then the topper all smoothed out and begain to pin, about 6 inches apart.

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  102. Hi Freda, and no I did not know that you had a blog, so I will go looking for you in the future,
    I used to baste by quilts on the floor, and with Mom we would tie them on the table with your sewing mat. Now I have a long arm machine so no more basting. Life is good, and thanks for your tutorial.

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  103. I've been a follower of Freda for a while. Hugs

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  104. Following all now. I baste on the floor but I will trying the new method. Thanks for the hints.

    Vanya

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  105. I am going to be following Kelly from now on.

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  106. Great post - I'm going to try it next time! I just became a follower on Freda's website. Thanks for the opportunity, Terri in BC

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  107. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this post! I have never figured out a good way to baste my quilts at home. I even have one of these cardboard thingies and never thought of using it this way! Very excited, will be trying this very soon!

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  108. I pin my backing, batting and top to my foam core design wall, and baste it there. Part of the time I can sit, so that helps. I started doing it when I had trouble getting up off the floor. Didn't want to stop quilting... It really saves my back.

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  109. I am a new follower of Freda's blog and love the name. I sandwich on the floor, but her method sounds like it would be so much better. I already have the cutting board and will try her way the next time a sandwich comes along. Thank you, Freda, Kelly and Samm.

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  110. I am a new follower on Freda's blog.

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  111. I am a new follower on Kelly's blog.

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  112. I'm a new follower of Kelly's blog.

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  113. I'm now following Freda's blog.

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  114. I belong to a quilt guild that meets in a local church. We have tables available and I usually use them to sandwich my quilts. I like to spray baste and add a few pins to add extra stability.

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  115. I did so enjoy todays post and now follow Freda. I have sandwiched on the floor, but don't like to so sure will try Freda's method.

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  116. Following Freda now, and I must say - this was a really great post!! I will be trying this just as soon as I get another board - I'll bet I gave 3 away at different times - *sigh!!
    I've been having trouble with Google accnt -
    lepowell@windstream.net

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  117. I am follower Freda and Kelly!!! They are great and I did give a big Hi to Kelly!!! I used the floor... it was horrible and I ended up taking short cuts because I want to see the finished product so bad lol... but it looked really good!! alannahmae at gmail dot com

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  118. I'm following both Kelly's and Freda's blog.

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  119. I use my basement floor to spread out my quilts. I live in a new house so the cement in the basement is really nice. My hubby usually cleans the floor just right, and then I get down on my hands and knees to do it. I can't wait to try this method though. I think it would do my body good to get off the floor. :)

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  120. Love the idea --- if only I had a dining room table! :-)

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  121. I'm gonna start doing the sandwich on my kitchen table from now on...I've been doing it over a bed...with more wrinkles than is probably necessary...thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  122. This is great! I've been a floor baster for ever.
    xx, shell

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  123. I baste most of my quilts on the floor. This method looks a lot easier. Thanks for the information.

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  124. I already follow Kelly's blog. :)

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  125. What an awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  126. i follow both blogs now! i sandwich my quilts like freda, except i use the extra-large binder clips and clip mine directly to my table. i have one of those cutting boards, but i found it a tad too cumbersome - otherwise, this method is MUCH better than crawling around on the floor!
    Cindy in Mississippi

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  127. I sandwich my quilts using the big table... I use the floorm it was perfect for me until I read this post!!!

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  128. Very enjoyable post today! Ole Arfuritis moved into my body at a young age and hence the table became a standard in my quilt sandwiching. For those who are young this is excellent advice, you'll be grateful when your my age (ancient)!! To Donkaloosa - no table use four chairs and the cardboard on top, it works and then your being without a table won't matter.

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  129. FOLLOWING IHAN!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  130. HAPPILY FOLLOWING FREDA'S BLOG!
    THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  131. I'm with Freda - I do my sandwiching+about all my quilting at table height. I'm up in our open loft area, so I can come+go whenever I like. I have a 12' long banquet-style table there that I love. My machine is on one end+next to it is the acrylic extension bed for my machine+then the cutting mat,which leaves me about a 5' work area. Love it! Thanks to you for sharing your neat ideas! Blessings,Linda

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  132. I hand quilt and so I use a frame made of 1" X 3" boards and C-clamps. They sit on legs but could easily be put onto the backs of chairs. I like Freda's idea of how to sandwich and may try it one day.

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  133. I sandwich mine on the floor, my table isn't big enough

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  134. Wow, what a process. Great information...I am going to dig out those clips. Thank-you for the visit.

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  135. Thank you for this great idea!
    I basted my quilts on a table, too, but without fixing the layers. It is sooo much better now with the clips. Bought them today, basted one quilt and started basting a second one. I almost like it now with the clips. :-)

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  136. Freda, thank you for this tutorial on an easier way to sandwich the quilt pieces together. My knees definitely give me fits when kneeling - particularly for any extended length of time.
    By the way, Freda was the name of a clerk at the local fabric shop when I was growing up. I always would hope she was working when I came in to make my purchases - she was the nicest lady to a very young girl who loved fabric even then. :)

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