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Preparing your quilt top for the long arm

Taking the time to prepare your quilt properly helps to ensure the beauty of your final project.

  • Trim and remove lose threads
  • Mark the top edge
  • Square and press your quilt. Seams should be pressed to the dark side.
  • If your top has a pieced border, stay-stitch around the outer edge to prevent seams from opening
  • Make sure the batting and backing are 6 inches longer and wider than the top.
  • Prewash your batting and backing (if that is your preference).
  • Trim selvedges from the backing fabric, and press and square it; press any seams open
  • and finally...

Think creatively!

What do you want in the design of your quilting? This can be a difficult decision, and may be the reason you've hired me!

Do you want an all-over design? Special treatment in each block? Or a pattern that complements the fabric? Together, we’ll get everything right.

Tools of the Trade

I am happy to recommend the following products for your projects...I use them on my own, so you know they've been "Artichoke Approved".

Battings

My favorites include Hobbs battings, especially their Heirloom 80/20, a cotton-polyester blend that needles well, drapes very nicely and feels warm without being heavy.

I also enjoy working with products from the Warm Company (such as Warm and White™).

Threads

I use Signature threads in 100% cotton and am building my inventory with evey project. Who knew we needed a thread stash too!

Don't see the information you need here? Please email or call me; I'm happy to help.

adrienne@artichokequilts.com
425-870-6719