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

Quilt Binding

Hello Friends! I thought we would talk binding today! I had a demonstration the other day for hand quilting and got lots of questions on my binding techniques. I’m kinda a perfectionist on this. Well maybe, the whole process, but that’s all of us right?! Right!

Anyhow, I always cut my binding at 2.5 inches. I love the look of the extra 1/4 inch and it makes it so much easier to make sure I am covering those sewing lines! I typically use a black and white strip. Not always, but typically. I find it just makes a quilt look so classy!

Another thing I do is if I am machine sewing both sides of my binding down I will first machine sew it to the back of the quilt top. This is different than if you are hand stitching that last half down. I don’t like the line from the stitching on the binding on the front of my quilt. I would rather match the thread bobbin color to the back of the quilt. Most quilt backings are patterned and that line just gets lost really easy! I also use my scant 1/4 inch foot from my machine. It allows me to drop one edge, the left, off the binding and down onto the quilt leaving the right side up on the binding. This gives me a straight line right on the edge of the binding.

A mighty fine nice straight line on the binding almost every time. But go slow! There is no rush in sewing down binding! No rush in anything quilting!!

Another great tip! This! A miracle to helping keep that binding in place until you machine sew it down. I will take my binding after I have sewn it down to the back of the quilt, I flip the quilt over and use binding clips to hold the binding down all around the front of the quilt. I then take it to the ironing board and about 12 inches at a time I will put a strip of that glue under the binding and iron heat it down. I still use a small amount of binding clips just in case it hasn’t dried completely. Do hold the iron over it for a few seconds to really heat up that fabric and dry that glue.

Next sew down that binding. And you will notice with this quilt I messed up and sewed it down to the front first. Remember, no one is perfect! It’s not a problem! Just sew slow and your front line on the quilt should be nice and straight at least. And match that binding thread to the colors on the front of the quilt.

Pretty straight! But like I said………..go slow. There is no competition or prize for being the fast one at binding. At least I don’t know of any………….

This one again was sewn first onto the front. It is just a preference thing and a thing to remember that difference between hand stitching and machine stitching. Either way your going to get those perfect corners and perfect straight lines. It’s a game changer for me. I love hand sewing my binding down but a lot of my customers would rather have theirs machine sewn.

My final suggestion. When you get to those corners use a straight pin to lock up under that fabric so you can pull it into a perfect corner. It really makes a big difference! If you have any questions or comments please let us know!! We love feedback!

WE hope everyone has a great rest of the week and happy quilting!

Love and light,

Lisa