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Applying Borders

Many of our quilt customers are beginners and have asked for information on borders. The following information should help you get your borders on and your quilt flat before quilting. After the body of the quilt has been pieced, gently press before adding borders. The logical place to measure the finished top is along its outside edges, and this is a useful measurement. However, measurements should be taken across the center in two or three places for both the width and length. If these measurements are different from that of the outer edge, accidental stretching has occurred. 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 distance of two ...

Long Arm Quilting – Basics for Every Quilter

When you are finally done with your top quilt, you might now be looking for a way to join the pieces of your quilt as a finishing touch. It could be time-consuming to baste all your blocks and piece them together by hand. That could be the reason why quilters turn to long arm quilting. What is it? Long arm quilting is the process of sewing together the quilt top, batting and backing to come up with a finished quilt. It uses an industrial-length sewing machine and a complete long-arming system. It includes the sewing head, the long-arming frame, a table with a plastic layer where the pantograph is placed and rollers for the batting and fabric. How do they do it? There are two ways to quilt using the longarm method – by using a pantograph and by freehand. A pantograph is a pattern o