I had a brief look at commercially available frames, like the Grace Company products, and they seem very expensive for what you get. That's without the headache/tax burden of shipping that frame from the US or UK to Ireland. It just will not work.
I also had a look online for a used frame within Ireland, but they do not seem to be currently available. I will keep looking, though.
So then I started looking for websites to build our own frame. I found Richard's site that provides a plan for do it yourself-ers. The plans seem generally do-able, are well explained and are PACKED full of photos which (as we all know) makes life a whole lot easier.
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I am hoping you can help me answer a few questions that are bouncing around in my head before I go any further:
1. Do you have a quilting frame in your house? If so, do you use it regularly or is it taking up space? What do you like/dislike about it?
2. What length is your frame? I was thinking of 80-90 inches - does that seem reasonable or insane?
3. Do you need access to get to either side of your frame? Do you quilt from the middle to one edge, then from the middle to the other edge?
4. What machine are you using on your frame and what is it's harp depth? I'm thinking of using an old 1956 Singer 201K with an 8 inch harp. Does that sound OK?
5. Is there anything you'd change or modify on your frame? If we're going to make it ourselves, we can adapt the plans to improve with your suggestions?