The gentleman who does my machine quilting always has a list of quilts to quilt and tells me when I drop off a quilt how much he enjoys quilting the quilts I bring to him because they are well made and he doesn’t have to struggle to get them quilted. I asked him for some suggestions to help a machine quilter do a great job on your quilt.
His suggestions to help a machine quilter:
- Pre-wash all the fabric, both in the top and backing.
- Use proper tension on your sewing machine so the seams are strong and will not start to come apart during the machine quilting process.
- Use good quality fabrics and sewing thread in your top.
- Have consistent seams throughout the quilt top. Do not make smaller than quarter inch seams because they will start to unravel and come apart.
- Iron the seams as you sew, and the quilt will be (more) straight.
- If supplying the batting, buy good quality (he prefers Warm & Natural or something similar). Ask your quilter for his/her preferred batting to work with.
- Make sure your backing is at least 4” bigger than the top on all sides.
- Know what kind of quilting design and color of thread before he/she starts on your quilt.
- Your good quality supplies and workmanship plus the machine quilting will make for a quilt you both are happy with when it is complete.
You put many hours into making a quilt. Take time to complete it correctly. Snuggle up and enjoy – you have earned it.
Here are two quilts he machine quilted for me. I request stippling much of the time.