Things That Quilt Lessons Do Not Always Teach You - Part 1 of 3

July 20, 2014

Once you have signed up for quilt lessons, purchased your fabrics for quilting, and completed your quilt top, it’s time to make your backing.   Did your quilt lessons cover more than just making your quilt top?  These postings are going to deal with topics on how you can make your Professional Quilter happy, and save yourself some money. Did your quilt lessons teach you about the prep work involved prior to bringing your project to your Quilter?  These guidelines have been written in collaboration with my Professional Longarm Quilter, Leone Halberg of Dreamstitching.  Here are some more quilt lessons for you and tips on how to make your Professional Quilter happy. This photo shows some of the components to Leone’s professional quilting system.  Once she gets a quilt, she creatively chooses just the right pattern on her computer to fit the design of the quilt.  She measures the various sections of the quilt, puts the data into her computer, and then fine tunes the pattern on her computer to accommodate the quilt. Once your quilt top is completed, you have several additional important steps to take.  Press the seams well so they lie flat.  Square-up your quilt top, and be sure to remove all excess threads.  Professional Quilters appreciate quilt tops with edges that are stay-stitched – especially if there are several sewn seams along the outside border such as in piano keys.  Indicate the top of your quilt with pins, tape, or a note. – this is especially important for directional pieces. Should you press your seams to one side or open?  Your quilt top seams will normally be pressed to one side.  However, there are times when it might be necessary to press those seams open.  As far as your backing is concerned, it is a personal preference of the Longarm Quilter and it would be a good idea to check with him/her. What can be used for backing fabric?  It is wise to use the remaining fabrics for quilting that are left from your quilt top (unless you want to save them for another project) and/or coordinating fabrics.  One thing you never want to do is use a sheet (or poor-quality fabric)!  That is a big “No-No” in the quilting world.  If you want to maintain the quality of your quilt, your backing is a very important part of the entire process.  Choosing a small print for your backing can be helpful to less-experienced Professional Quilters in hiding the stops and starts of their stitching. Did you realize that all of these steps would be included in quilt lessons?  Do you now have a better understanding of what is involved on your part before handing over your quilt to your Quilter?  Quilters have a lot of preparation to do before their needle even touches your quilt.  Their saved time equals your saved money. Have you found Part 1 to be one of your beneficial quilt lessons?  Watch for the next two Friday postings to get the whole “story”. Continue to visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why quilting is………………….A Great Habit.