Joining the quilt layers
My basting boards
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How do I find an easy way to join the layers for a queen size quilt?
I'm assuming that you're talking about basting the layers of the quilt together to get it ready to quilt?
I used to do mine on my oh-so-hard tile kitchen floor...it's something that this ol' body of mine has to recover from when I baste.
However, there is an alternative that I'm getting good results from and I'm gradually working up in size. Instead of crawling around on the floor, you sit at a table (a long table if needed) and use a set of boards to control all the layers of the quilt, much like a long arm machine does.
You can see a demonstration by Sharon Schamber, award winning quilter, of this technique in a series of two videos here on my page "How do I control my quilt sandwich during quilting?"
You'll need a set of boards and then a table (or tables) that are longer enough to hold the boards as you baste. I've covered my boards with old Debbie Mumm fabric. I like how it helps hold the layers.
This method is just so-o-o-o much easier on my back.
Now Sharon likes to thread baste her quilts for machine quilting. That's not my preference, so I use the same safety pins I've always used.
Readers, have you tried this technique?
Do you like it?
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