Helping your LongArm quilter

Hello friends!

I hope this week is a good one for you!

I thought I would talk about some things that would allow me to work on your quilts better. We are getting really busy here so we are having to use our time wisely.

Most of all my quilts that come in are in perfect condition and ready to go but a few times I’ve had to do some extra work. The main one is the backing. Please make sure you allow 4 inches extra on all sides. Please have your backing pieced and squared.

Please make sure you mark the top on both the front and back unless it’s obvious.

Please trim off all threads off the top of the quilt that are loose.

Iron front and back. If needed when it gets here I can iron out where it had to be folded.

Also if you’ve put borders on measure on all four sides to make sure they are the same size. Nothings worse than me having to put tucks in because the borders are not even. In some cases I’ve actually taken a border off that was 2 1/2 inches longer than the other side just to fix it. That takes up extra time but it’s something that can be avoided if you can just measure at home. All borders should measure the same.

If I’ve mentioned something you can’t do then just let us know on the request form. I know piecing backing can be a little confusing when you have so much yardage.

I want to repeat that 99% of my quilts come in with no problem, so please don’t read this and think I’m calling you out.

The most important one that I deal with is not enough backing. A pattern will call for 4 yards but that does not include what I need to get it hooked to the machine. So remember we need 8 more inches on the length and on the width.

Now that wasn’t too bad was it?

I hope you all have a great Monday!!!

XO’s

Lisa