How to use the lap frame:
- To assemble the frame, push tube sections together with an elbow section at each corner. If quilt block is smaller than frame, machine-baste strips of muslin around quilt block. Make strips wide enough to accommodate frame.
- Place layered quilt block, top side up, over lap frame. Snap on plastic covers, opposite sides first, and rotate to adjust the tension. Turn covers outward to tighten and inward to loosen.
- If working with a large quilt that has been layered and basted together, place lap frame in center of quilt and hand quilt layers together. Move frame as needed, working toward open edges.
Tips for lap quilting:
- Layer quilt top, batting and backing layer together.
- Baste layers together with hand basting, safety pins or plastic tacks. Position pins or tacks so they don't interfere with the frame.
- Hand quilt each block indivdiually. Blocks will be stitched together to form quilt.
How to assemble lap quilted blocks with a finishing strip:
- Plan layout of quilt blocks. Following method below, join one block to the next, forming horizontal rows.
- Cut 1-1/4" wide finishing strips on the lengthwise grain and 1-1/2" longer than quilt blocks. Use matching or contrasting fabric.
- Press strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
- Place 2 quilt blocks, right sides together. Pin raw edges of strip to raw edges of quilt blocks. Machine stitch 1/4" seam through all layers. Trim batting away from seam allowances.
- Open quilt blocks so they lie flat, wrong sides up. Fold strip over raw edges and hand-stitch together.
- Continue joining quilt blocks as described above. After horizontal rows are formed, then join those rows to form quilt. Cut finishing strips for horizontal rows 1-1/2" longer than length of row. Join rows together, following steps 2-5.
- Finish outside edges of quilt as desired.
Care of lap frame: use mild soap and water to clean.