Preparing a quilt to send for quilting

Use Scant ¼” inch seam. Most patterns call for a scant ¼’ inch seam. Smaller seams, especially those not secured on the edge of the quilt, can pull out when stretched on a long arm quilting machine. Secure exposed edges of seams.

Press seams flat. It is best to press as you go, but regardless, you need to press the seams flat before sending the quilt to be quilted. Un-pressed seams will result in imperfect quilting. We will press if we must but will charge you our maximum hourly rate to do so.quilting

Clip loose threads. Loose threads will show through the light fabrics in your quilt after the quilting is done.

Square the quilt top. Quilt attaches to leaders that roll. A crooked edge will result in a twisted quilt. We recommend scalloped edges be cut after the quilt is quilted. Tell us if this is the plan and we will work accordingly.

Pin a note to mark top if quilt is directional. Marking the back if it is directional is also important. This is not necessary if there is no directionality.

Embellishments such as buttons, beads, ribbons etc. should be added after the quilting is done.

We cannot quilt out bulges from wavy borders or blocks. Check blocks before piecing together to make sure they match. Measure quilt in three inner places before cutting border and average the measurements. Do not sew a longer piece to the edge and then cut off the extra, or ease in a border that is what the blocks should have added up to. The extra fabric will fold over and bunch under the quilting machine.

Backing and batting: Busy fabrics on back tend to hide machine starts and stops. Custom quilting always requires many seam ends. Edge to edge quilting is more forgiving but will still show when the bobbin thread runs out.

A ½” inch seam is recommended if your backing is seamed. Many people now piece the back of their quilts. This is suitable as long as you realize we cannot guarantee the back will be centered on the top.

Remove selvedge edges from seam before sewing. Selvedge edge has a different stretch than the rest of the fabric and will result in a pulled look if left in the seam.quilting

Backing of quilt must also be squared.

Batting labeled as appropriate for machine quilting is needed. Some batting, especially polyester loose weave, will pull too much on the machine.

Backing and batting must be 4-6 (6 preferred) inches larger than quilt front. Backing and batting attach to the leaders at top and bottom and to clips on the side of the frame. Extra fabric is needed to do this.

Do not use sheets as backing. Sheets do not stretch the way quilting fabric does, and they are more closely woven which wears out the needles faster.

Do not baste backing, batting and top together. More information on this website

Q.U.I.L.T Guide of Northwest Arkansas

Q.U.I.L.T. (Quilters United in Learning Together) Guild of Northwest Arkansas is a non-profit organization formed to promote the appreciation of the rich heritage of the art of quilting and to enhance each member’s own quilting skills and knowledge. It is also the purpose of this organization to expand and to enrich the art of quilting for future generations.

Q.U.I.L.T. of NWA recently celebrated 20 years of quilting and learning about quilting. We invite all quilters and quilt lovers to participate in our monthly meetings with featured programs, as well as our biennial quilt show and other special events, including an annual quilters retreat.

Quilt Show
Q.U.I.L.T. of NWA will be presenting our 10th biennial show April 9th and 10th 2005. ‘Tomorrow’s Heirloom X Quilt Show’ will include over 300 quilts, Donation Quilt Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Specialty Exhibits, Small Quilt Auction, Quilt Turning and Quilt Appraisals. In conjunction with our show, several local museums are presenting the ‘Northwest Arkansas Quilt Tour’ and are showcasing quilt exhibits. Please check out the Quilt Show Page of our Website for location, times and additional information or contact Joan Beyette at [email protected]

Donation Quilt
‘Carrie Hall Revisited’ is the name of our donation quilt. Each Q.U.I.L.T. Guild member had the opportunity to make blocks and participate in hand quilting this Carrie Hall inspired treasure. This quilt has an appraised value of $8.000.00 and is the major fund raising effort for our guild. The proceeds from the quilt will help fund scholarships, museum donations, comfort quilts for children in crisis and many other philanthropic ventures as well as the continuing education of our Q.U.I.L.T. Guild members. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and will be available at the show and through Q.U.I.L.T. Guild members or contact Shirley Denton at [email protected]

Maybe you are just starting to quilt, have been quilting since childhood, or just admire quilts. Novice or expert, there’s a place for you at Q.U.I.L.T. We are a diverse group with varying levels of skills and expertise. Each member is creative and uniquely talented. Our membership is constantly growing, at present we have 248 members. We would love for you to join us. Visitors are welcome to attend one meeting before deciding to join. We hope you find the guild to be both a resource and an inspiration.

The Q.U.I.L.T. Guild membership year is January 1 through December 31, and is open to anyone interested in quilts or quilting. Members receive a monthly newsletter packed with information and enjoy using the lending library, monthly meetings with a either a local or a national guest speaker, workshops, special events and a membership directory. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month January through October. November and December meeting is combined and will meet on the first Thursday in December. Fellowship and Food starts at 5:00 p.m., Free Mini-Lesson 6 – 6:45 p.m., the Program starts at 7:00 p.m. Q.U.I.L.T. meets at the Holiday Inn of Springdale, 1500 S. 48th Street, intersection of Hwy 412 and US I-540. Membership dues are $20.00. Contact Sue Shadlow at [email protected] for additional information or to request a membership form.