Helpful Tips before taking your quilt to a professional longarm quilter..............
1) Piece your top carefully...The flatter the top and borders are, the better it will quilt~
2) Trim stray threads and frayed edges - these can hang up a longarm machine, causing a needle to break~
3) Press your top and backing carefully, pressing seams open where possible~
4) Backing and batting must be at least 4" larger than the top on all sides~
5) Ensure backings are square (90 degree corners, parallel straight edges) Wonky edges are hard to attach to the quilting machine and make it difficult to ensure your backing is straight~
6) If backings are pieced, remove selvedges before sewing the seam and use a 1/2" seam. Selvedges actually shrink at a different rate than the rest of the fabric. Also it's harder to needle because of the tight weave.~
7) Don't baste or pin your quilt. ~
8) If your top is directional mark the top edge with a pin -the same with your backing.... Don't think I will know (well sometimes I do, but please don't leave it in my hands to decide).~
9) Normally if a quilt is rectangular there are short sides & long sides. Usually the short sides are the top & bottom, if you intend for the long edges to be the top and bottom (to hang over the sides of a bed) --PLEASE let me know.~
10) Leave cutting of scalloped edges until AFTER the quilting is complete.~
11) Stay stitch 1/8" around pieced borders to prevent seams opening.~
12) Hold your quilt up with the light behind it and check for seams that didn't quite catch both sides of the fabric.~
13) Added decorative embellishments (i.e. buttons, bows, etc.) on a quilt will have to be removed... You can do this or I can...(I charge). If you have added beaded eyes that you don't want removed, the cost will most likely be towards the custom end of the spectrum.~
14) Talk to me and let me know if you like traditional designs or whimisical designs, I love to exceed expectations.~
Yes! I have a couple of incentives...
Every 10th quilt is 50% off the quilting, edge to edge or custom...
Every 100th quilt is FREE!!! Yep, that's right free... don't think this will never be you; if your fabric stash is like mine this is an attainable goal!