And again it is Friday and I am Keeping My Promise!

17 02 2012

Again it is Friday and I am thankful for another awesome week! I have been extremely busy but that, praise God, is a good thing! I have two logos that I am working on for clients and I had the pleasure of meeting a great group of people in my Business Blogging Class on Wednesday evening.

As promised, I am going to pass along a couple of tip that I usually give in my beginning longarm quilting class.  Many quilters have problems with keeping the sides of their quilts straight from top to bottom. Although basting along the side of the quilt at each advance does help, here are two ways that you might be able to alleviate the problem:

  • Most quilting frames come with wimpy little clips for the sides of the quilt. Although there are expensive wide clips that you can purchase, here is a tip on how to make your own from “the queen of cheap”, me! First, go to your local home improvement store and pick up two of their FREE paint sticks for stirring cans of paint. These sticks are about 12″ long and about 1.5″ wide. Next, cut two 12″ squares of muslin and create sleeve that is the width of the paint stick along one side of each piece of muslin. Insert the paint stick. After loading your quilt, pin the non-sleeve side of the muslin to each side of the quilt. Attach the wimpy clips to the paint stick side of the muslin. You now will have even tension for at least 12″ of the quilt helping to keep it straight as you move down the quilt. NOTE: You will need to remove the side pieces before you advance the quilt and then pin them back on before you begin your next section of quilting.
  • Keep a tape measure draped around your neck and check your width after each advance. Sounds like a pain, right? Believe me, it will pay off if you can fix a problem before you get to the bottom of the quilt.

Well, that’s it for today. Tune in next Friday for another longarm quilting tip.