Monday, January 9, 2012

Empty Design Wall

But there is something on the frame!! Ready to be quilted!

And I am using a Quilter's Dream batting! I didn't have a choice because I needed a black batting for the quilt.

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I opened this baby up, popped in the dryer to fluff for a few minutes and then loaded a quilt. It took me a little longer because I took pictures along the way to show off the Red Snappers. After using these a few times, I have to say that I love them and I will never go back to pinning quilts on the frame!

To start off, you have to make a casing in your leaders for the red tube. When I did this, the leaders are just a tad too short and the tube can fall into the divot that is on each rod on my frame. I am pointing to the divot here.

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The first few times I loaded a quilt, I had issues with the outer ends of the tubes and with the tubes rolling into the divot so that I could get the clamps to snap onto the tube. To fix this, I pin the outer ends and it keeps the tube from rolling and flopping and getting out of my way. I think that this is something that you would learn from trial and error once you got the snappers. Another way that I think I could fix the problem with the tube rolling into the divots is by making all new leaders, but I am OK with this work around.

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Everything else with loaded a quilt is the same. I mark the center of the backing and line that up with the center of the leader. There are small clamps to hold a piece of fabric in place while you clamp and bigger clamp down.

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Here is the first small clamp on the backing. (It does take more than 1 finger to snap the clamps on.)

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And here is 1/2 of the backing clamped down with small clamps with a larger clamp waiting.

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And here is the entire end of the backing clamped.

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And within about 20 minutes, I am just about ready to quilt! I'm going to work on this one tomorrow night. I was hoping to show it off at the Guild meeting on Wednesday, but I don't think that I will get it done in time.

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In a nutshell, I would highly recommend the Red Snappers! Especially if you are still pinning your quilts to your frame. :)

6 comments:

Marj said...

Great pictures. I have the Red Snappers too and love them for their ease of loading quilts on the frame.

Vicki said...

Thanks, I have heard about them and wondered what they were. I will have to research this and see if it is a product that I want to work.

Deanna said...

So many good ideas in this world to make our lives easier. The Snappers look interesting. Now, I just need machine and frame to go with them. :)

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

pretty. Is this one for you?

Jennifer said...

They look good - and that quilt is way bigger than I thought it was when you showed it on your design wall!

Kristie said...

Now I see how they work! I'm thinking that I may have to look into getting some, it looks so much easier that way.
Kristie