Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Setting up for quilting

After I got the Flower Pot quilt basted (using fusible batting), it was time to first, clean up the studio……

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….and then get set up to quilt a queen size quilt.   

Ever since I bought the inset table for my machine, I had been thinking about the best way to set up my “quilting station”.

First step was to fold down the cutting table and move the storage drawers out.  Then I moved in two small folding tables to form one large table…..

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The only problem with this was that the machine table was about 1.25 inches shorter than the other two tables, so I trudged down to the garage and started looking for pieces of wood that I could use to bolster my table height, and voila……_C186998

I found a piece that worked perfectly except that it was WAY too big for the table.  Out came the ruler and pencil, cutting marks were drawn and then back down to the garage to use the Jigsaw to cut the piece to the proper size.  I think that I will eventually cover it with the rubber backings that you can buy for rugs.

I also thought about the fact that I didn’t want the quilt to fall off of the front edge of the tables, so I moved my cutting table to block it off……

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As I picked up the quilt to lay it out and start quilting, I realized that it was really heavy and that my tables weren’t in the correct position.  To fix this, I moved the table to my left down so that there was a place to support the side of the quilt

Once I started quilting, I realized that it was still falling below the table so another trip to the garage brought two TV tables that fit perfectly beside my chair, thus giving full support on each side.

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To finish the support, I grabbed a cushion from one of the other rooms and put it in my lap to allow the quilt to NEVER drop below the edge of the table.

The only downside to my arrangement is that it gets fairly warm sitting under the quilt and pillow….but fortunately there is a ceiling fan so that solved the final problem!!

By the way, the funky cover on the back of my chair is to keep me from bumping the wall and putting black marks on it.   I will eventually make a nice one, but this piece of flannel left over from the design wall is serving the immediate purpose

4 comments:

Amber said...

Amazing!!

Debora said...

I like the way you have displayed your quilting ribbons in the corner of the room.

Karen said...

I like you approach to solving problems. It's great to have a selection of items in the garage to choose from too. It looks like your set up will work perfectly. Good luck!

Maggi said...

Love your problem solving ideas. I also like the fact that your new studio is starting to take on a well-used look already.

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