Mom's Quilt Trestle

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Project by pinehill posted 02-19-2013 07:43 AM 1839 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the finished Quilt Trestle I made for my Mother. The story goes like this. My Mother called and asked if I could assemble a Quilt Trestle for her. Of course right, after all she’s my Mom. She shows up with a small box about 6”x9”x14”. I figure, how long could this take? No time at all right. Wrong! I brought the box into the shop and dumped it out on the bench, all 30 odd pieces of it. Turns out, the box is only the little pieces that make up the intricate workings of the machine. I still need to construct the (what I’ll call) the frame work and assemble the pieces. I was able to scrounge up some dunnage 2×6 spruce from crates at work. I am all about re-use. The pipe I picked up at a local hardware store. I also like to by local when ever possible. After all is said and done, this thing can handle a king size quilt, probably a California King if I have my measurements right. I dis-assembled it loaded it in the truck and delivered it to my Mother. Her apartment is a bit crowded with all the crafts and sewing things she does but we made a space for it. She love’s it and brags about it to all her friends and fellow quilters.
All in all, not the most impressive piece I’ve ever produced but the joy it is bringing my 73 y/o Mom is all that matters.

2/24/13 – I’ve added a image of the box of parts for the Quilt Trestle / Frame. I haven’t made it back to Mom’s to take more pictures but hopefully soon.

-- Pine Hill

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 11:44 AM

Really nice, I would like to see pictures of the details! Does she use this for hand quilting or will she use it with her sewing machine running across the back? If you quilt (my wife sews), it is a really important piece of equipment and looks good. I have been thinking of making one when we get a larger apartment! nicely done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 02:25 PM

Great project and it looks like you did a wonderful job on it! How about a few more pics!!! Where did the ‘workings’ come from? Do you know a source? Thanks.

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 04:06 PM

Definitely looks like a simple stand until you start looking at all the gears, drop in pipe sections and what looks
like the ability of that trestle to tilt. I can understand why she brags about it, after all her wonderful son made
it, but a short idea of how it works would help us ignorant nonquilters understand what it is and does. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 12:48 AM

MY Mother used to complain about the size of ship equipment my Father bought. I.e. table saw, radial arm saw, etc etc…. Now she HAS one of these things and it has a footprint that is larger than all of my major staionary tools put together. (Laughing)
Good use of pallets, they have great wood hidden within!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 01:00 AM

Mom is all that matters. Great job.

Welcome to LJ’S

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 04:54 PM

I will see what information I can come up with pertaining to the maker of the machined parts. Also will work on some more detailed pictures of its use and workings.
Thanks for all the support. I can see why this site is such a great hit.
Happy woodworking,
Pine Hill
“Master Sawdust Maker”

-- Pine Hill

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