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Choosing a Backing fabric:

 

You might want to consider choosing a backing that will blend with the color of the top thread. I use the same color in both the top and bobbin thread, as some thread will show through if two very different colors are used.

 

Choose a back with a busy print.  A busy print on the back hides the starts and stops.

 

100% cotton makes the best backing fabric. Poly/cotton & 100% polyesters stretch differently than cotton and can cause tucks & puckering during the quilting process. Polyester fabrics can also "pill" & encourage "bearding", or migrating of the batting fibers to the surface of the quilt.  

 

Use of sheets or sheeting is strongly discouraged. The fabric is too dense, and in turn it prevents needle penetration causing skipped stitches and thread breaks.  Some may be fine, but most cause poor tension & constant thread breakage. 

 

Adding Borders on a Quilt

 

After the body of the quilt has been pieced, gently press before adding borders.  

 

Measurements should be taken across the center of the quilt in two or three places for both the width and the length. To keep the finished quilt as straight and square as possible, you must measure the centers. 

 

To make a border with straight-cut corners:

 

  • Determine the length of the quilt border by averaging the two or three center measurements of the quilt body.
  • Cut two borders that length and pin them to opposite sides of the quilt. Match the ends and centers, then gently ease in any fullness.
  • Pin, sew and press.
  • Repeat for the top & bottom borders, measuring the width, average, etc

     

    Another Border option is to lay the quilt out FLAT on a FIRM surface and pin the border fabric in place making sure the quilt top is flat and the border fabric is flat against it.

To make mitered corners, consult a quilting book that contains instructions for finishing a quilt.

 

Squaring up Quilt Backing –

 

One way to square your backing is to fold your backing into fourths (fold in half one direction and then in half the other direction). Square up the piece by cutting raw edges parallel to the folded edges.   Make sure trimmed size is at least 6-8” longer and wider than quilt top. 

 

Misc. information:

 

Painted Fabric - with a lot of paint on it (rather than dye) may cause problems during quilting because the paint "grabs" the needle and can cause drag or needle breakage or possibly tearing your quilt.

 

Embellishments such as buttons and bows need to be saved until after the quilt has been quilted. These are almost impossible to quilt around safely and can damage your quilt and/or my machine.