Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare my quilt for Longarm Quilting?
Graceful Quilting can provide you with any preparation services needed at $15.00/hour, however if you wish to minimize costs, here are some guidelines.
The backing and batting should be 6 inches wider and 6 inches longer than the top (backing and batting should extend 3 inches outfrom all sides of the quilt). However, leaving an excessive amount of fabric will require a "cut down" and incur charges. If you plan to wash your backing fabric prior to quilting (recommended), please plan for shrinkage.
All three pieces of the quilt should be separate; meaning the top, backing and batting should not be basted, sandwiched or pinned together. Each component is mounted onto the machine separately.
Please mend any tears or holes in the seams. Clip any hanging threads, unclipped dark threads may show through lighter fabrics after quilting. Make sure that the edges of all three pieces (top, backing and batting) are straight and corners are square. Also, be aware that if borders have been “walked” on, instead of measured to fit, it may cause wavy edges which will result in puckers and/or pleats in the quilting process (more on this below).
Make sure that your quilt components are clean. Please press the quilt top and backing and hang them on a pants or skirt hanger. This way they will stay wrinkle free and further pressing will not be necessary. This is especially important for quilt tops that have come out of storage and backings that have come directly off the bolt.
Lastly, if the pattern of your quilt top and back has a specific direction to it, please mark the top as such with a safety pin.
How do I make sure my borders aren't wavy or puckered?
Wavy or ruffly borders are the result of "walking" or "running" your borders onto your quilt and the give of the fabric. Example: the center of your quilt measures 40 inches on each side, you cut your border width from selvage to selvage (most likely width of fabric, 42"-45"). You line the selvage up with the top of the center, sewing down the seam allowance, planning to trim the extra inches off the end. This is called "walking your borders on". During this process, especially with very wide borders, the action of the presser foot and the feed dog on your machine can cause slight pulling and stretching of the border fabric. These slight stretches can accumulate and sometimes result in a border piece longer than the center of your quilt, it will then ruffle and pucker when quilted.To avoid this, start by cutting your borders from the length of the fabric, the length of fabric has less stretch and give. Also, measure the center of your quilt and cut your border to match, then pin the border to fit and sew.
T-Shirt and Custom Quilts
Will you quilt my T-shirt quilt?
Yes, we can. However, due to the nature of t-shirt fabric, we cannot guarantee against puckers.
Can you make a quilt out of my T-shirts for me?
I'm sorry, we no longer make custom T-shirt quilts. Please contact Good Time Quilts to discuss your T-shirt Quilt.
Can you finish this quilt I found in my grandmothers cedar chest?
Its possible. Please call us to talk about it.
Do you make custom quilts from scratch?
We are not making custom quilts at this time.
*Should you have any other questions, please contact us.