Presentation: Preparing Your Quilt for a Longarm Quilter

Presentation: Preparing Your Quilt for a Longarm Quilter

Presenters: Tommy & Suzi Harris, Judy Nowak, Sarah Richell
March 2024 Meeting

Many thanks to Tommy, Suzi, Judy and Sarah for taking the time to prepare and present this wonderful overview on preparing our quilts for longarm quilting. They discussed many topics including threads, batting, squaring up a quilt, and adding borders.

Helpful hints to sewing on borders

By following this process, you’ll avoid having “pleats” developing on a wavy border. Gently press quilt top before adding borders. Do not sew borders by simply adding strips to each side. To attach borders properly:

  • Measure across the quilt top in three different center locations vertically or horizontally.
  • Determine an average length and cut two borders that length.
  • Fold each border, end to end, 2-3 times, depending on the size of the quilt.
  • Press the folds and mark each fold with a pin.
  • Fold quilt top the same way and press the folds. Mark each fold with a pin.
  • Unfold the quilt and borders, matching fold marks and pins.
  • Attach the two borders to the quilt top, easing in fullness if necessary.
  • Press the seam gently to one side.
  • Follow the same procedure for the opposite borders.

Here are two resources on the topic: