Perhaps, subconsciously, I remembered my old high school fashion technology teacher who won several awards for her quilting designs. All she used to hand-tie or hand stitch her quilts were: 4 boards, 4 'C' clamps and some thumbtacks. Talk about quilting on the cheap! She would place the frame over a tabletop and still had room to reach underneath to quilt.
I decided to use the open bottom of my husband's portable domino table to hold this small frame. (Pssst….don’t tell him.) So my ‘partner-in-crime’ daughter took me to Home Depot and I bought 2 -1"x2" boards (8 ft pine) that I had cut into 4 boards (2 -5ft and 2-3ft). I also bought the clamps. (If I ever make a frame for a larger queen-size quilt, I'd probably buy two 8 foot and two 6 foot,1"x3" boards).
The guy at Home Depot told me to sand the boards down and polyurethane them. I know that is the proper way to handle quilting frame boards. However, he was unaware of my respiratory issues, especially in the cooler weather. What to do? What to do?
Yes, I found yet another use for DUCT TAPE! Thinking of a taped hockey stick, I slowly wrapped the boards with purple duct tape, (smoothing the tape as I wrapped tightly) so that I will avoid getting splinters or catching wood shavings in the fabric. While it's not at all traditional, it works for my purposes and it didn't cost much: $7 for both pine boards and $5 each for 4 clamps that will probably last 'forever'. Only $27 for my easy-breezy frame.
Below is a very good tutorial of how to make a portable quilt frame like my high school teacher made. Then: just imagine her quilt frame in a smaller size and wrapped in purple duct tape…
I wonder if she’d cringe…
Ciao for Now,