HINTS AND TIPS FROM YOUR LONGARM QUILTER
Take care with the construction of the quilt. Keep those seams even, press as you go and, most importantly, measure, measure and measure again when you are attaching borders.
Properly attached borders are the key to a flat quilt top which quilts up beautifully.
When borders are to be added measure through the body of the quilt at both ends and through the middle. The average of these three figures is the length that the border needs to be at both ends. When the border is being attached pin at both ends, then the middle, then between the two halves and so on. This ensures that any fullness is evenly distributed. Sew these two borders on and then repeat the process on the next two borders. Use this process for every border on the quilt.
Ensure your quilt is pressed and those loose threads are removed.
Square up the backing and quilt top
Backing and wadding needs to be at least four inches bigger on all sides than the quilt top. If there is more fabric it is better to leave it and it will be returned to you after the quilting process.
Backings that are pieced still need to be square and the selvedge’s removed as they stretch differently to the main body of the fabric.
Place a safety pin at the top of the quilt (and on the backing if this is appropriate e.g. pieced backing).
Consider the colour of the backing when making your choice as the thread colour will be the same on the back and front of the quilt.
Wide backings are great choices as they give you a wholecloth quilt look on the reverse. (I can supply these and have samples of the fabrics to help you with your choice).
Ensure that your quilter uses quality cotton threads, after all that is usually the fabric you have chosen in the construction of your quilt top. I use Aurifil 100% cotton threads with a beautiful sheen and handle.
Work with your quilter to ensure that full understanding is established. The end result will be so much better.
Enjoy your craft, piece beautiful tops and remember a quilt is not a quilt until it is quilted. Your longarm quilter is there to help.