Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A basting/sandwiching solution

Finally, I think I have found a solution to basting and sandwiching my larger quilts, which does not require the word "floor" nor "knees."

Since I took a nosedive several months ago, one knee was left damaged enough to make it impossible to kneel. My house is not large, and storage space is always at a premium.

Today I purchased these 2 folding tables at Walmart. One is still in the folded-up position.
Each is 30 x 72 inches, and I plan to use them next to one another. If you can find them longer in length, the price AND weight goes up dramatically. These each weighs about 25 lbs, folds to about 30 x 30, with a latch, and a carrying handle, and together, the cost was $114.00. The legs still require additional height, which will be 'fixed' with PVC pipe under each so I won't have to lean over too uncomfortably. I can manage them myself. When weather is nice I plan to do this in the garage - we'll see how that works. They are plastic coated on the top, and will wipe clean, and can also be used for other purposes. I got my incentive and idea from Luann at "May Your Bobbin Always Be Full", as SHE had the original idea and was basting a quilt on similar tables, in her porch. BTW, LOOK AT HER AMAZING QUILT!

The only negative part was getting them out of the box! We had to literally rip it apart - well, not 'we' .. more like DH, along with a box cutter! I'm showing the box so you can know what to look for. If you purchase tables for this purpose, and plan to raise it for your comfort, be sure the legs have a curve in them for the PVC trick.

11 comments:

Mary said...

My Mom uses a craft table she got from Joann's but usually she's just pinning small quilts -- she sends her big ones to me to quilt.

While I don't particularly like to pin quilts on the longarm it IS so much easier than pin basting.

The Calico Quilter said...

Our kitchen has a table height peninsula dining area that adjoins the base cabinets. It's 30" x 66", which is too small for anything but wall hangings and Project Linus quilts. I have a 30" x 60" folding table - I could put it beside the peninsula and expand the work area. Why didn't I think of that? Duh!

You're right - Luann's quilt is fantastic!

AnnieO said...

We do need a couple of these tables for our large family gatherings and it would be great to have them on hand for basting. I think I would rather use some bed risers for under the legs since I don't really get the PVC idea without seeing it! Glad to know you've worked out a way to take care of your knee.

Joyce said...

I have one of those tables for when we have a lot of company. Thank goodness, with my mid-arm I don't have to pin any more.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

If the legs don't have a curve they still work as long as there is some sort of brace on them. You just need longer pieces of PVC pipe.

The Quilting Pirate said...

Excellent! We have these at our LQS and invite customers to baste their quilts there. I do like the PVC trick though.

LC said...

Some of the ladies in our group use these tables at our church, and work in pairs... they say talking as they pin lightens the load. I'm using a mid-arm now, mainly because I hate pin-basting (it hurts lots of muscles). Before that, I used the top of a ping pong table. It was a bit higher, but PVC is a great idea!

SubeeSews said...

Great idea.. My hubby added locking casters to my table. They slip in and out and then the whole thging can be pushed. But my table is 30"X96" and much heavier.
XOXOXO
Subee

StitchinByTheLake said...

Elaine have you seen Sharon Schamber's method for sandwiching and basting? I'm not sure about that spelling but if you haven't seen it go to youtube and look for it - she uses 2 boards to roll up the back and top and I love doing it this way. blessings, marlene

Marilyn said...

I have a table like that. DH won it as a door prize at some work related BBQ. It is so handy for so many things but I agree it is heavy. Just be sure to lock the thingy to keep it from folding up once the legs are out.

Helen said...

Hi Elaine

I can second Marlene's comment about Sharon Schamber's method of basting a quit rolled up on 2 boards. I managed a large queen size quilt all by myself and had no puckering. I think it is a great way to baste a quilt. I used my dining table and an extra table at the end to accommodate the width of the quilt. But these folding tables would do the trick :-)