Saturday, October 18, 2008

General Instructions for Longarm Quilting

TOP - Measure your quilt top along top, middle, and bottom. These three measurements should be the same. If there is more than one inch difference, for best results, remove the borders, cut them the same length as the middle measurement. Re-attach by dividing in quarters, pin, and sew.

BACKING - Cut, seam, and square so that the backing is 8 inches wider and longer than the top. It is best to remove the selvage edges on internal seams.

BATTING - should also be 8 inches wider and longer than the top.

PRESS your top and back, clip and pick clean of stray threads, pet hair, and lint, fold separately. With light colored fabrics it’s a good idea to clip any inside threads that may show through the quilt top or backing. Hint: take Elmer's washable school glue stick and tack those wild threads to the seam allowance. Allow the glue to dry. The tamed threads stay in place while it is being quilted, and the glue washes out with the first washing. Here is a picture of colored threads showing through a white border.

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I am Bonnie Russell, owner and quilter, and my business is making beautiful quilts and making quilts beautiful. NABQC came about as a partnership between the love of sewing and hazelnut farming. That's how the name was chosen. My husband, Fred, is the nut farmer, and I do the sewing using many bolts of fabulous fabric. My studio is located in Dundee, Oregon, the beautiful Willamette Valley, in the center of a hazelnut orchard. Experience came with 42 years of dress making, 40 years of marriage to my wonderful, loving, supportive husband (34 years of nut farming), 25 years of raising three daughters, and now we have seven grandchildren to mentor in Future Quilters of America!

With a Statler Stitcher and Gammill Optimum Plus longarm quilting machine, a 14 foot table, and the drawing program AutoSketch, no project is too big or too small. Anything from hand guided meandering to custom digitized designs can be applied to a project to complete that labor of love.

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