How to Make Grace Quilting Frames

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How to Make Grace Quilting Frames
Quilts are works of art. (Patchwork as a background 2 image by Lucy Cherniak from

Homemade quilts become instant heirlooms, whether sewn by machine or by hand. Top stitching quilts completed on a table forces you to lean over for hours at a time. Grace quilting frames, however, make quilting easier by creating a taut, raised working plane easily accessible while seated. The Grace quilting frames come in a several different types, including machine-stitching and hand-stitching models. The GraceBee model adjusts to allow you to hand-stitch quilts in a range of sizes up to 6-by-6-feet square.

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Things you need

  • GraceBee quilting frame
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Join an upper and lower stand base piece. Slide the bottom-notched piece over the top-notched piece on the top. Set the completed base flat on the floor. Repeat for the other three bases.

  2. 2

    Slip the notched end of a leg over the central crossed section of the base.

  3. 3

    Measure the size of the quilt-lining piece and add an inch to each side. Select the GraceBee rail combination that meets or exceeds the length of the side.

  4. 4

    Slide a steel connecting sleeve onto the end of a rail. Connect the second rail to the first, next to the sleeve, and slide the sleeve over both rails, joining them together. Construct rails for all four sides of the quilt stand.

  5. 5

    Position the quilting-frame legs. Lay a short rail flat across two legs, with the opening in the steel connector facing up. Repeat for the second short rail.

  6. 6

    Lay the longer rails across two short rails, facing the opening in the steel connector up.

  7. 7

    Clamp the long and short rails together with the c-clamps. Place c-clamps handle side up for easy adjustments.

Tips and warnings

  • Inserting the leg onto the base will require more effort the first few times that you assemble the stand.

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