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From: lightning57
Date: 01-15-2006, 04:19 PM (1 of 9)
I would like to buy a non-basting quilting frame at a reasonal price or the plans to build one.
Sandra from SC
Sandra from SC
User: lightning57
Member since: 09-08-2000
Total posts: 119
From: linapooh1
Date: 03-24-2006, 12:54 PM (2 of 9)
I would also like to purchase a quilting frame but have limited space any suggestions?
User: linapooh1
Member since: 03-10-2006
Total posts: 12
From: rainwalker
Date: 03-25-2006, 08:22 AM (3 of 9)
I found a few links for quilting frame plans... hope they help.

Back in my quilting era I used 4 - 1" x 4" wooden planks held at the corners with C-clamps then tacked the quilt backing, filler, and top along the sides. The 4 corners were propped on chairs and away I went. It wasn't much fun stretching into the centre and working my way out but then one makes do with what's at hand... and we won't even discuss the 'wobble factor' :whacky: When I was done it was easily stashed out of sight until the next time.
User: rainwalker
Member since: 03-23-2006
Total posts: 3
From: beachgirl
Date: 03-25-2006, 01:50 PM (4 of 9)
This isn't going to help anyone but, my dad made my mom's years ago. It was a wooden frame, real sturdy & when not in use it hung up out of the way on the ceiling. She had a finished basement that she quilted in one part of. Really it was finished out like a one bedroom apt. She'd do her cooking in that kitchen a lot while quilting. Phone & Tv was handy for her also. She loved the game shows on TV. I have no idea how dad made that frame & it was gone when we cleared out their home.I suppose dad gave it to another quilter at some point. I know mom could roll her quilt on either of the long sides of her frame. A person could set on either side of it & in fact more than that. Dad made the ones for the church quilters as well. I don't know if they still quilt or not since this is in another state.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-25-2006, 04:14 PM (5 of 9)
rainwalker, my mother and grandmother used to quilt by hand using a similar frame but they would start quilting from the edges to the centre, and when they would have a side done, then roll that side so they could get closer to the centre. I use 4 1"x2"x8' boards and do the same to pin my quilts for machine quilting. When I've finished pinning, I take the frame apart. A while ago I took some pictures of my process and posted them. Here are a couple of those pics.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
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From: rainwalker
Date: 03-27-2006, 08:52 AM (6 of 9)
heyjudee, that certainly brings back memories! My brother made mine and it was full quilt size... can you imagine? If I knew then what I know now... :re: Two of my friends have recently bought quilting systems - what fun is there in that!? No creaky knees, no bent back, no pierced fingers.... ahhh the good ol' days. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful -- thanks so much for sharing.
User: rainwalker
Member since: 03-23-2006
Total posts: 3
From: dunnsunn
Date: 04-07-2006, 01:01 PM (7 of 9)
are available at Hancock's Fabric stores. I have a Grace frame that I got there and I love it. It expands from crib size to queen size and folds flat w/quilt still on it to store. You can get a small round version that my friend uses but I got the long one. check them out at
User: dunnsunn
Member since: 04-07-2006
Total posts: 5
From: CodyGramma
Date: 04-07-2006, 02:12 PM (8 of 9)
I also use homemade frames...they are 2 x 2's (sanded well) with material stapled onto one outside edge of each....two of them are 92" and two of them are 102"...I use C clamps to hold them together and pin my quilts to the material, I go from the outside in toward the middle, tying or pin basting (haven't tried handquilting yet but I know my MIL used to do it also) and roll as I go. They work great for me!
User: CodyGramma
Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
From: wezi44
Date: 06-02-2006, 12:39 AM (9 of 9)
I love to hand quilt. I also use a 2 strand embroidery floss to quilt instead of the quilting/sewing thread. To me it is prettier and works great. I also use the big embroidery hoops to quilt. I have a small set of quilting frames and a larger set that I inherited from my grandmother. I just wish I had the room to set them up and use. Not sure as to where Grandma got her frames and I haven't been able to get my husband to build me a smaller set to use for smaller projects as I love to embroider by hand also. :USA:
Have a great day!!!

User: wezi44
Member since: 05-13-2006
Total posts: 4
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