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Thread: What I see as a Longarm Quilter

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    Given my age, I am relatively new to quilting, about 3 years or so, and having nobody to teach me I learned on my own. I have taken several quilts to be LAQ and learned so many things about making my tops better from my LA. She has dealt with my wavy borders, uneven blocks, lumpy intersections, and quirky tastes - all while making the quilting look great. I have nothing but admiration for all the LAQ out there. One of my dreams is to have my own quilting studio (instead of a tiny sewing room) with a LA. When that happens, I will be right here for all the answers to silly questions.

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    AMEN to everything that you said, CrashnQuilt. Everything is true. I sent you a private message.
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    Love the video - you can quilt that out! Such good illustrations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    I also see nothing offensive about your post.

    However, I am not fully understanding the problem with pieced backings. can you (or other LAQrs) please say more about why that's a problem? I've recently started making pieced backings. Should I not do that?

    Is this also a problem for people (like me) who quilt on a standard sewing machine?

    Thanks.
    I teach machine quilting on DSM (domestic home sewing machines). The pieced backings are less of a problem for us because for one, you can control the speed and the movement of your quilt. If necessary, we can make stitches manually, one at a time, over these difficult areas. Also, since we are not rolling the quilt onto a rail, the thickness that builds on a LA simply does not apply to us. Will you notice if a pieced backing seam comes under a pinwheel center? You betcha! But, you can walk through it if necessary.

    Personally, since I discovered extra wide backing material, that's all I use now because it makes life easier.
    Your mileage may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rush88888 View Post
    your quilt has been with the la-er for 3 months??? ironing shouldn't take 3 months. is this normal???
    I don't think the quilting itself takes that long, but how many quilts are in the queue in FRONT of that quilt? I don't have many customers, but my frame is rarely empty. I dont' like to have many in my house waiting to be quilted, but I usually have a list of tops that are waiting for me to have room. There are MANY LAers who have waiting lists of much longer than 3 months.
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    Everything you said is so helpful to know!

    Though, I will admit, as someone very new to quilting (only a few months), your post did make me very nervous about sending my own quilts out to a long arm quilter. I would now be scared that she was really judging my work!!

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    Thanks for taking the time to write this. It is good information that I will keep in mind. I already do most of those things, but I did not know about the pieced backing. I sent one quilt to be quilted with an add on piece to the backing as I had not cut it long enough. When the quilt came back, there was a slight separation about and inch and one half long about an eighth of an inch where the seam had come apart. It had been sewn ok and I think the tension of the fabric caused it to separate.

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    Professional hand quilters also run into these kinds of problems.

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    Great post. Thanks for putting it "out there".

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    Wow! I am going to add my thank-yous to the previous positive opinions. Your comments were so very helpful and prewashing my yardage fabric is now going to become the norm and not the exception. Probably won't prewash any of the kits or jelly rolls, charms, etc.
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    The info in your post is one reason I do my own quilting on my Juki TL98Qe or Babylock Jane. I am glad I have no room for a long arm. That way I won't ever be tempted to buy one.I quilt in rows and quilt around thick intersections. I have really pieced the backing and press those seams open. I have never had a problem quilting over them. I found your post very informative and makes me appreciate my quilting. I only quilt for myself, I am hard enough to please. I would think most others would br even more so. Have a great day.
    P.S. I have always pre washed my fabrics.
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    Thank you all for the information... posts like this helps me understand the process even better, and too appreciate the LA even more..

    Love the knowledge on this board!
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    I agree with everything you just said. My Longarmer told me about a lady who started quilting for others and did such a bad job that people came to her and asked her to tell the women to quit ! My longarmer is 82 years old and has been doing this for over 30 years, does a fantastic job. She could tell some stories too. Thanks for your information, I will try and follow through the next time I take a quilt to Marie.

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    Excellent post. Thanks for taking the time to explain quilting from a LA perspective.

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    Thank you for wonderful information. You are right ,right and right again. Thanks for taking the time to post .

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    Thanks so much for all the info!! Very much appreciated and I will be printing this out and reading it over and over if and when I ever have enough $$$ to send one of my quilts out to be longarmed. Thanks again.

    Sharon

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    Wow - Lots of information. Thank you. It will be helpful to keep these kind of things in mind when working on a project that is to be loaded on a frame.
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    Thanks for such an informative and eloquent posting...Its difficult as a Long Armer to convey how important all these things are. It's easy to place blame on others. We never give a price on any quilting until we have inspected and measured a quilt...so many things such as ironing, multiple seams, lumps, hills, valleys, waviness and puckers can cause dire problems. We also require 2 inches extra ALL the way around. So glad you posted this valuable lesson for everyone.
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort :lol:

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    One disclaimer I use on my website: My stitch-in-the-ditch is only as good as your pressing! If your pressing instructions are followed, my SID can be wonderful. If not.....well, I do my best. When I talk to customers, I offer suggestions for better piecing or application of borders (this seems to be the most common challenge I run into). I am not paid to judge their quilts. I am paid to quilt them. I do my best with each one and will help any quilter who wants it....as a quilting instructor, I can offer this. It is just like when we were all in school. Some kids wanted to finish first on a test and didn't mind making a few mistakes. Some kids took their time to make sure they got all the answers right......
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    Thank you for sharing this information with us, Crashnquilt. I, for one, appreciate being given information that will help make my quilts look better and make things easier for the LAQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltyfeelings
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    Great reading! I'm glad to hear that 'non-longarmers' are open to suggestions for improvement from longarmers. I would never want to hurt anyone's feelings.

    I would like to suggest that making a square top does not start when the blocks are all put together. It begins with the very first piecing in the block. If each section of a 12" block is off 1/8" that block is not going to be 12" when placed in a quilt top. If some of the blocks measure 12" and some 12 1/2"...you're quilt will most likely not be square and you got some ripping to do! Remember to measure as you go!

    With borders my biggest recommendation would be to remember to measure the quilt top in 3 places and average it out. "Ease" the border to the quilt top. I've had customers add in 1/2" of border to make the border fit. If they had 'eased' it in, the border would have looked nicer without a small 1/2" piece of fabric sewn into the border.

    Bonnie Hunter has a nice tut - http://www.quiltville.com/borderhints.shtml I'm sure there are a lot of other tuts available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Seams in a backing:

    It may be that a pieced backing that needs to be lined up 'exactly' with the top might be problematical? Especially if it has to go in 'the not usual' way?

    For a backing, I was told to remove the selvages and to use at least a 1/2 inch seam. I don't remember if I was supposed to press the seam open or to the side for the backng.

    What about seams that are twisted ? End A goes north - end B goes south?
    I will answer this as a L/A....it is fine to piece the back-nice way to get rid of extra fab. It is just easier for the L/A (at least me) if the seams of that back are going to be horizontal when loaded onto the rollers. The stretch factor, altho it is minimal, when rolling up is nil, but when the seams are vertical there is a bit of tightness along that seam as it is being rolled up and we have to be very careful of equalizing the tension across that roller......can be done, but just need to be aware of the difference in tensions of the two pieces (top-backing).

    Re: selvedge edges.......The edges should be cut off as when that quilt is eventually washed there will be a pull along the selvedge seam,it is a tighter weave than fabric body..........as an aside.....those selvedge edges make great "tiers" for bundles of fabric, etc.

    Yes, I agree, not all quilts I have rec'd have not been perfect...I can't tell you how many seams have broken while I was quilting, had to stop and repair by hand, and/or had seam volcanoes, wavy borders, etc. But, all these things can be worked around or thru...and I must tell myself when I am working on one of these challenges.......the quilter is proud of what she has done and I am being asked to enhance her "best" work. So, I grin and grimace and just roll on.....

    I also wholeheartedly agree it is not necessary to certify a longarmer quilter. In my opinion this will just creat a sub-culture of "continuing education" for a fee to longarmer and $$ in the pocket of the "teacher/organization"offering the "classes". If one is doing this as a business she/he is "up" on the latest techniques and if not let's their customer base their limitations.

    A very interesting thread.......

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    Thank you. All of your information is valuable even for those who do not send their quilts out to be quilted. The best certification for a LA quilter is her repeat customers.
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