Today we are seeking the service of a longarm quilter more often than ever. Follow these commandments for a more pleasant experience and happiness when your quilt makes its way back home:
1. Thou shall not safety pin, baste, or fuse the quilt top, batting, and backing together. On a longarm machine, the layers are on rollers so they must be kept separate.
2. Thou shall not tell the quilter to do anything she wants and then complain that the quilt doesn’t look like you expected.
Communication is the key. Be sure and let your quilter know what you like and dislike about quilting.
• Do you want the thread to contrast or blend. By the way, carefully consider your backing choice when deciding on thread choices for the quilting.
• Do you like meandering/stippling?
• How heavy do you want it quilted?
- How much will this cost?
- Will there be lots of thread color changes?
3. Thou shall not covet your friends quilt. Get busy, make yours, and get the name and number of the quilter.
4. Thou shall not use the quilters name in vain if a quilt top that is not square comes back not square! If you send something that is not square, it will either come back not square or it may have tucks quilted into it.
5. Remember your quilters name and phone number and keep it handy.
6. Honor the quilter by giving her credit whenever possible. This is very important when entering quilt shows or putting photographs on the internet.
7. Thou shall not commit the quilter’s sin of buying cheap fabric – especially for the backs!! No Sheets!! No selvedges - not even in seam allowances!!
8. Thou shall not make your backing and top the same size. Most longarm quilters require the backing and batting to be a minimum of 6” wider and 6” longer than the quilt top. Your backing fabric must also be square!!!
9. Thou shall not use yucky, funky batting. Most quilters prefer to use the batting that they stock. It comes on a 30 yard roll and therefore is flat and easier to work with than batting that has been folded many times and rolled up and put in a bag.
10. Thou shall pay close attention to pressing while constructing the quilt top. Pressing the seams open is an option rather that the blob of fabric that can occur when several seams are coming together. Be consistent in pressing.
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