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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Big Board - For Big Jobs

When I was working for the quilt store making shop samples and custom-ordered quilts, I did a lot of pressing of big quilt tops I made. As many of you know, doing so on a regular sized ironing board is not easy. The owner of the shop had a big board at the store which she rarely used. Since I worked mostly out of my home, she suggested I take the board home with me to use.

Wow, I could hardly believe what a difference it made having that larger surface to spread out and iron on. I decided pretty quickly that I should have a big board of my own. I couldn't think of any reason why my husband and I couldn't make one ourselves rather than ordering one from a quilt supply catalog. Besides, do you know how much they cost in the catalogs? (Think of your checking account being depleted by over a hundred bucks.) Golldang, more than my quilting budget would allow.



Roy dug around and found a scrap piece of plywood, I bought some of the gray, shiny heat-reflective material at a fabric store and used a couple layers of Warm 'N Natural for padding. Not much to it actually. Dimensions of the board are 22" wide by 62" long.



We put a set of raised rails on the backside to hold the top securely on my ironing board.



The rails run the full length of the board.



This shot makes me feel a little dizzy, but it does show how the rails keep the big board stationary.



Now you have a large, flat, secure surface on which to lay out your quilt top for pressing. Just another really handy quilting "tool" to have. And if you can make one yourself, very economical.


6 comments:

Vivian said...

Thanks for the idea - I do have an oversize ironing board, but not nearly this big - will probably have to construct one of these for myself! I love the quilt on the ironing board - your pattern? or in a book? Glad you found a few spare minutes to post today!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hi, Vivian - The quilt top on the board still needs a couple of outer borders as I want it to be big enough for our king-sized bed. The pattern is from an old issue (January/February, 2002) of Fons and Porter's magazine For the Love of Quilting. It's called Ryan's Plain Rendition and appears on page 36.

Good thing I sat down and posted first thing this morning as the rest of my day totally got away from me! That seems to happen a lot.

Vivian said...

Thanks for the info - don't think I have F&P that far back, but will look it up. LOOOVE their magazines. Have a great weekend and I hope you get to relax a little ;)

Chicken Mama said...

I'm glad Vivian asked about the quilt top, 'cause I think it's purdy, too! Great for late fall / wintertime up here (decoration, wise).

xo

P.S. Now that I've gotten that Pack 'N' Play for little friends who visit, will you make a baby quilt for it? I'll send you a digital photo so you can get an idea of the colors . . . .

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Chicken Mama - Thanks for the compliments on the quilt top. I kinda think it's gonna be striking spread out on the bed.

You know I'll be glad to make a quilt for you to have all set and ready in the Pack 'N' Play. It's a dark blue, right? Send photos!

VeeV said...

Lovely tutorial?? on how to make an ironing board that holds a quilt.
thanks!!
i find my ironing board legs are wobbly... so i'm going to try to make one of these and have foldable wooden feet put on it....
thanks bundles & bushels!!
xo
eva