Q: Do I pin or baste my quilt layers together before I send it to you?
A: Do not pin or baste quilt layers together. This is not necessary in long arm quilting.
Q: How do I pick fabric for the back of the quilt and get it ready?
A: Select backing fabric with the quilting thread in mind. Printed 100% cotton fabrics that coordinate with the front work the best. Cut the backing at least 4" larger than the quilt top on all 4 sides. The backing should be squared and seams pressed flat without selvages.
Q: Can you quilt a top that is made of knit fabric?
A: Knit fabric stretches alot. It is difficult to quilt stretchy fabric on the longarm because of the roller system used to attach the quilt to the frame. I can quilt tops like this, but because of the stretchiness of the knit fabric, the quilt will be very wavy. There will more than likely be several puckers/tucks in the top. A quilt made with this type of fabric or backed with a knit is highly discouraged. You will have better results with cotton fabric.
Q: What kind of batting do I get?
A: I use Warm and Natural batting for most of all my quilting and have it for sale. (See PRICING for cost.) You may supply your own batting. Cotton batting gives a smother, flat finish. Polyester gives more texture and is poofier. The batting needs to be at least 4" larger than the top on all sides. If using polyester batting, add at least 10" in length and make sure it is bonded. Unbonded will not work in the long arm frame as it will shred. Dark fabrics should use a black or non-bearding batting.
Q: What about little puckers, tucks or fullness in the quilt top?
A: If there are puckers, tucks or fullness in the quilt top, I will take the utmost care as I quilt, with the understanding that pleats or puckers may be impossible to avoid. The quilting process can hide some of this, and probably will not make the areas look perfect.
Q: What is the difference between PRESS and IRON?
A: IRON is sliding back and forth across the surface of the fabric. PRESS is the up and down movement of the iron. The iron does NOT slide across the fabric when you press.
Q: My borders are too full (rippled). How can I keep this from happening?
A: Cut your borders along the lengthwise grain of the fabric (parallel to the selvages). You will need to purchase enough fabric the length of the longest side of your quilt. Measure the length of your quilt top side to side in 3 places (left side, middle & right side). Add the 3 measurements together and divide by 3. This is the length to cut your 2 side border strips. Fold border strip in half and in half again (quartering) marking the quarter marks with pins. Do the same with the sides of your quilt top. Match the quarter marks. Pin the side borders and sew. PRESS side borders out. Next, measure the width, with the side borders out, in 3 places(top, middle & bottom). Add the 3 measurements, divide by 3. This is the length of the top and bottom borders. Quarter the borders and the quilt top as before. Pin and sew. PRESS top and bottom borders out. This will help in making your borders less rippled.