Bella Quilting Tips

Preparing your quilt for the longarm machine

 Trim all the loose threads from the seams on the quilt top and backing.  They may show under light fabrics and  could cause snags or uneven quilting.

Identify the top and bottom of the quilt if applicable.

If you have a pieced border, stay stitch 1/8 around all edges to prevent seams pulling apart while being quilted.

Press your quilt top and backing well.   Quilt top seams should be pressed to the side,  and the backing should be pressed with the seams open.  

When preparing your backing, remove all the selvedge edges from all sewn seams.  It is okay to leave them on the unsewn outer edges.  

For best results, square up the quilt top and backing.  All four sides should be straight for your quilt to be quilted evenly.

Borders that do not lay flat may cause tucks, pleats or fullness.

When preparing your backing fabric, allow an extra 4 to 6 inches beyond all sides of the quilt top.  

100% cotton fabric is recommend, and please do not use bed sheets.  Their dense nature can prevent proper needle penetration, causing skipped stitches.

Do not spray, baste or pin together the quilt top and backing.

Quilt top should be free of all embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, couching, etc.  Please wait to add these after quilting.

If you made a quilt using mostly white fabrics you should use a white batting instead of natural.  The whites will be much brighter.

Preparing your T shirts to be made into a quilt

T shirts should be clean and free from any odors.

There is no need to cut out the design of the T shirt, it will be done when the quilt is designed.

You can use more than just shirts and jerseys.  Scouting badges, bandanas, aprons, hats, and adornments are just a few of the items that can be used.

Quilt binding

Use your walking foot when sewing the binding to the quilt.

For a machine sewn binding, cut the fabric into 3 inch strips instead of   

2½ inches as called for in many patterns.  It is much easier to sew onto the quilt.  

For a hand sewn binding, cut the fabric into  2½ inch strips.