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Vol. IV, No. VII, July, 2004
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I'll give you 10 guesses.....(and the first 9 don't count!)

If you guessed "quilt frame corner stand", then you win a gold star.  Those of you who are handquilters from waaayyy back probably guessed this one right off!  

We're offering the construction/assembly plans for these beauties on the Misc 4 Sale page.  So if you want an inexpensive way to set up a quilt, get your favorite "handyman/person" to make you a set of 4 of these, and a frame consisting of 4 - 1 x 2's (sanded down) and 4 "C" Clamps.  

I became familiar with this type of set up back in the late 70's when I joined a group of Mennonite quilters here locally.  A husband of one of the quilters there designed the original set that these were adapted from.  His name was Emmett Ladwig, a very talented woodworker and married to a very good quilter, Selma.  My husband wrote the technical plans for them, "new and improved" you could say, and made quite a few sets of them for locals here.  Now we're offering the plans themselves.

This kind of frame setup is ideal for anyone with a large room space, such as quilt groups, guilds, churches.  It enables more than 6 women to work at a time.  You can usually fit in 8 to 12 women and work comfortably together.  Here's a photo of some members of the Eden Mennonite Sewing Society using this system:

Busy, Busy!

You set up the quilt frame with two opposing boards on top of the other two.  This allows you to "roll" those boards as the quilting is done.  With this kind of method, you are beginning at the edges, not in the center of the quilt.  We usually have a few quilters who are a little slower or newer at quilting, and we sometimes "reserve" the end boards (the ones that don't roll) for their spots. (But we don't tell them that :-)

I also learned from another Amish quilter/neighbor some time ago, how to set up "half" a frame.  This is the method I prefer even today at my house.  You still use two long boards on top, but you use two shorter boards on the bottom and only set up half of the top at a time.  For instance, if your top measures 90 x 108, then you can set your frame for either 45 x 108 or 90 x 54.  The second half of the quilt is reset on the frame after the first half is quilted.  The 2nd half will drape off of one side as you quilt from the opposite side towards it.  This works great for one or two quilters, and you can usually find a room at home to accommodate this type of frame.  When you are not quilting, the stands are stackable and will easily fit in a secluded corner or closet.  The quilt frame is another story though.  I like to be able to place it in a room where I can close the door and forget it.  When that is not possible, the short half-frame is ideal as you can easily lean it up against a wall.  If you must store a large quilt before it is finished, you can always remove the C Clamps and roll up the sides carefully.  Cover with a sheet and reset it later.  Our foremothers used to raise their quilts to the ceiling on pulleys to alleviate this problem.  This, of course, was before light fixtures and ceiling fans!  

Some groups use thumbtacks to set the top on the frame.  If you use white pine for your frame, this is easily done.  But you have to be careful not to damage the top by placing the tacks too far within the fabric.  Most of the local Amish here prefer to "pin" their quilt layers to canvas-wrapped boards.  I, personally, am an expert at "sly tacking".  It's quick.  You could also choose to tack the backing, setting the frame a little larger than the top, then pin your top to the backing.

Anyway, the little corner stands come in handy.  And they beat sawhorses for sure!  Here's a couple of close-ups of the corner stands in use.


The frame simply rests on top of them.  The working height is about 28 1/2" from the floor.  The height may be too tall for very short quilters.  If so, you can either adjust your chair, or saw down the legs.  You'll notice that they seem to be handy for keeping quilting supplies conveniently close, too (or M & M's!).

You can order the plans here.  Marvin the Martian fans will love this one---I did!!!  How to stay organized.  Some humorous and some serious tips.  Lots of crafts for kids to fight those summer "boredoms"  Perfect for summertime outings for baby!  Here's your 4th of July fun!

Tag Line of the Month:

 Earth is the insane asylum for the universe

May you always have a quilt in the hoop, I try to.   


July 1, 2004


    ARCHIVES:  (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters on the Site-Seeing Categories may have expired and are no longer available--in other words--Its Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue:  Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué 
January, 2002New Year's Resolution;  Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site,, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links:  Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics;  Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project;  Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links:  Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links:  Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs.  Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg,  Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links:  71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links:  12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links:  Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner;  What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links:  Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links:  QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links:  Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test;  What's New:  Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing:  Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links:  Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links:  Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps
December, 2003 - The Buttonhole, Sew Natural, Henfeathers, Site-Seeing Links:  Marsha McCloskey, Porky Sings Christmas, Daily Devotional Site, Which Biological Molecule Are You?, Nice Christmas Card
January, 2003 - Bandana Quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Dancing Paul,, Chicken Purse
February, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series, Fine-Toothed Comb, Site-Seeing Links:  Color Trends, Quilters' Husband, Hand Quilting Frame, Hypnotizing Balls
March, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series completed, Site-Seeing Links:  Kameleon Quilts, Note Pad Graphics, The Original Laughing CAT; Christine's Cat Scan..ner
April, 2004 - Mary Covey Feature, Site-Seeing Links:  Fling the Cow, Owl Cam is Back, Tomato Pincushion, Paint a Wall quilt
May, 2004 -Muskogee 2004 Quilt Show, Site-Seeing Links:  Batting in a Can, Many uses of Freezer Paper, Senses Test, Chiseled in Cloth. com, Boy Scout songs, Pass the 3rd Grade, The Wedding Dress Guy;  What's New:  Mystery Free
June, 2004 - Pups N Pails, Site-Seeing Links:  Serial Quilter, John Flynn's Backing Formula, Are You As Old As You Feel?, Computer 101 Lessons, Office Supplies Attack, Snoopy Happy Dance;  What's New?  Mystery of the Half Moons


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