Quilting Frame Coming Along

Round We Go, sewing room

As you all know I had hoped to have the quilting frame completely done by now but I should have known better.  We did get a bit done before Mike went to work yesterday afternoon though.  I got all the leaders hemmed and ready to put on the rollers.  I had thought maybe I could get it done myself but it really is a two person job – and the glue being used had to be squeezed out of the tube and you know how hard that can be if you have arthritis in your fingers and hands!  Mike to the rescue.

By 3PM all the leaders were glued in place and a layer of duct tape over the ends to hold in place – and the tape will stay there too for added security.  I was going to take photos while we were working on it but never got to it – I was wearing rubber gloves to protect my hands from the glue and didn’t pick up the camera.

attaching leaders to hand quilting frame

A close up of the old style leader fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby – this is the heavy duty canvas style of fabric.  I ironed a crease in the center of each the leader – which I then marked on top and bottom with a marker so I know that is the center – this comes in very handy when putting your quilt on the frame.


For the side rails – you also put a leader in it  these will be done with velcro tape though not glue.  You attach the sides of your quilts to this to pull and make sure no wrinkles are on the back of your quilt – all layers will be taunt.


On Sunday night because I still had no quilt to quilt I got a Round We Go circle star ready to work on – I find a 12.5 inch sandpaper board so useful for so many things.  I have flannel cut to fit the board and a 12.5 inch ruler goes over it all – this especially comes in handy for applique to keep your pieces in the right order and no flying around with it – I find the lay out for these to carry room to room nice too.  I am trying to keep up with the groups that are doing this quilt even though I am not joining it.  I have the first 4 blocks for #1 done and this is the second in this group for block #2.  As you can tell I will need to learn how to take photos better in this room – we have track lighting which is aimed down in different areas of the room which reflect very much on the nice new varnish walls and lots of other things as well – some lights will need to be shut off for photos obviously – I just need to remember to do that.


Now I better get stitching – talk later!  Linking to Esther’s Quilt blog  and kokaquilts: sew, stitch, snap, share – today.

round we go #2





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19 comments… add one
  • Kristie Oct 10, 2017

    Forward progress! You’ll be quilting at that frame in no time.

    • Karen Oct 10, 2017

      yes it went pretty well yesterday, I need to check it over today and see how the glue dried, I might put an extra strip of duck tape on it too – better to have it be really strong then not enough

  • Dottie bishaw Oct 10, 2017

    The quilting frame is looking good Karen. I was thinking I hope Mike helps you with the frame because it always helps to have an extra set of hands to help to hold things. The color of your star is so pretty. It’s cool here today, 55 in the morning and 7l the high. It seems much colder after yesterday’s high of 97 with an heat index of 100, lol!

    • Karen Oct 10, 2017

      we went from 90 yesterday to 64 this morning and it has been dropping – it was 71 this morning at 5:30 — now it feels like fall but why can’t the change be gradual!
      glad the frame is all together, I have the side leaders on this morning and it is all ready to load a quilt as soon as I’m sure all the glue is good to go – which it might be now but I will most likely wait until tonight or tomorrow

  • Julie Oct 10, 2017

    Wow, that quilting frame is going to be amazing. I love your fabric (ticking) you have purchased for it, I have used this as quilt backings for quilts that are required to be a little more durable. What is the tiny floral you have used for the outer pieces of your EPP? Thanks for linking to Sew, stitch, Snap, Share.

    • Karen Oct 10, 2017

      I don’t know if the ticking would be the same as what you used – it is very stiff like canvas. The leaders were really due for a change out after 20 years the fabric was beginning to rot and unravel in places. I don’t know what the name of the fabric is that I am using in the EPP – it was from a grab bag at Hancock’s of Paducah and there was no salvage edge on it telling me. it is pretty isn’t it

  • JoAnna Oct 10, 2017

    Love your frame. I just bought a used one. It’s a Grace frame – older model. It has wooden rails and no leaders so I will have to make some and attach them. I’m not sure if I should use glue or Velcro to attach them? It looks like your rails are metal? What kind of glue do you use?

    • Karen Oct 10, 2017

      yes my rails are metal and I used a glue that is for metal, wood, fabric – it is basically for everything – I thought velcro would be easy to do for the side pieces but it was too narrow of an area to work with and I used the glue. I just looked in the Wal-Mart section that carries glue

  • Glenda Austrlaia Oct 11, 2017

    Hi Karen thanks for the tutorial very interesting reminded me of when I use to set up my loom for weaving. Like the circle block you are working on lovely fabrics not sure how you manage to do so much quilting and sewing LOL Cheers Glenda

    • Karen Oct 11, 2017

      thanks Glenda – I guess it might be like a large loom in a way. The circle block is fun – I like how they are turning out

  • Linda Oct 11, 2017

    Gosh, that circular blocK looks very interesting. A lot of stitching to go yet .

    • Karen Oct 11, 2017

      always a lot of stitching going on here!

  • Kathi Oct 11, 2017

    I am glad you chose a nice stripe for your leader fabric… will come in handy to keep things lined up too 🙂 You are getting sooo close to having a quilt to load… I also love your hand piecing epp project… looks like lots of fun!! Kathi

  • Roseanne Oct 11, 2017

    Hi Karen,
    I am reading with great interest about how you are setting up your frame. I do not have one but would like to move in that direction someday. It certainly is a beautiful frame. ~smile~ Roseanne
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    • Karen Oct 11, 2017

      I think most of the hand quilting frames are set up a lot alike if they are 3 rollers

  • Audrey Oct 12, 2017

    Your frame is looking almost good to go. The creased centers are a great idea! Loving this new project of yours already!

    • Karen Oct 12, 2017

      I’ve never made a quilt with flannel before – it is a little tougher to quilt through then what I am used to

  • Janie Oct 13, 2017

    What an adventure! Soon you’ll be up and running, exciting.

    • Karen Oct 13, 2017

      thanks for dropping by Janie – just dropped by your blog and love the pumpkins and the mountains.

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