tops should be free of embellishments such as buttons charms,
tops & bottoms should be square with all loose threads removed,
as they may show through the lighter colours of your quilt.
tops & bottoms should also be pressed with all seams ironed
flat & facing in the desired direction.
indicate if your quilt top or backing have a special direction.
backing & batting must be 3 – 4 inches wider (0n each side)
than the quilt top. It is also very important that the backing
& batting be trimmed square.
quilting uses tiny back stitches to “tie-off”, so if your
top thread choice contrasts with your backing & bottom thread,
both the stitching & tie offs will be noticeable.
is very important that you take care when applying borders
to your quilt. If they aren’t applied properly you may end
up with a border that is stretched, wavy, wrinkled or have
the best results, before applying borders there are two methods
most people apply:
top, middle & bottom of the quilt top & divide that number
by three. That is the length to cut the borders. Once the
first two borders are attached turn the quilt & re-measure
for the final two borders. Or :
across the centre of the quilt two or three times & then
average these measurements, then repeat for remaining borders.
attaching these borders - find the centre of the quilt & border
by folding each in half, then pin or crease this point. Match
up middle points, then pin from the middle to the outer edges
easing the quilt in if they do not match up. Try not to stretch
the border, as this may cause puckers and waviness.
borders are attached, sew a ¼ inch “stay stitching” around
the edge of the quilt top. This helps to prevent seams from
splitting, or edges stretching when attached to the machine.
preparation will ensure the best results & save extra charges.