General Information & Tips
- Measure the Quilt Top length and width.
- Determine amount fabric required: [(Length+Width) x 2] + 15" = Total Linear Inches
- With the above calculation result, see the chart below for fabric requirements.
- 132" requires 1/4 yard
- 202" requires 3/8 yard
- 272" requires 1/2 yard
- 342" requires 5/8 yard
- 412" requires 3/4 yard
- 482" requires 7/8 yard
- 552" requires 1 yard
Can't find a Quilting Pattern on my site that fits your quilt? Check out these websites and let me know what pattern you would like for your quilt. Do Not Purchase the pattern... Just send me an email with the name of the website and name of the pattern.(Extra fee is for cost of pattern only...no mark-up.)
Spray starch or Sizing gives incredible results! It helps control fabric while cutting, sewing, and pressing. If you have trouble with wavy borders, uneven blocks, bias cuts, or just want a truly 'perfect' result...use starch or sizing.
When piecing your quilt back, cut off the salvage edges in the seam area. Salvage edges have a much tighter weave and can cause puckering if left in the quilt.
Darker stray threads can appear beneath lighter-colored fabric in the quilting process. Pinking the edges helps as well as extra starch or sizing.
Backing Fabric -- Using a store-bought blanket? Wash and use fabric softener to eliminate static (avoiding sparks around the longarm machine). Also, trim off hemming on the sides of the blanket (avoiding uneven feed). You may use a store-bought sheet; however, they are tightly woven and will have occasional skipped stitches. Trim off all hemmed edges.
Pinking Rotary Blade
Colleen uses a 'pinking' blade every time she cuts her fabric. I'm amazed that there are no stray threads on the back of her quilt top! If you want to eliminate those pesky stray threads on the back of your quilt top, try a pinking blade. Thank you, Colleen, for that tip!