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  1. How do I prepare my quilt?
  2. What is ?
    Basting
    Crosshatch
    Echo Quilting
    Freehand Quilting
    Heirloom Quilting
    Meandering
    Stippling
    Stitch in the ditch
    Trapunto
  3. What are ?
    Feathers
    Motifs
    Pantographs

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How do I prepare my quilt ?

  1. Do not baste your quilt.
  2. Make the quilt fit the borders instead of making the borders fit the quilt. Too much fullness in the body or border will cause "wavy" borders. This will show in the quilting.....it can not be "quilted out".
  3. Identify the head of quilt top and head of back, if necessary.
  4. The quilt backing and batting should be a minimum of 6 inches wider and 6 inches longer than quilt top.
  5. Loose threads on the back of your quilt top should be clipped, especially if your quilt top has distinct light and dark colors. Dark threads will show through the lighter fabric.
  6. If your backing needs to be pieced, the selvage must be removed before piecing,
     as the selvage is a tighter weave and will pucker.
  7. Your quilt top should be pressed with all seams ironed flat and facing in the desired direction. Check for seam breaks.
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What is Basting?

Basting: Approximately 4" spaced stitches, both horizontal and vertical, used for hand quilting.

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What is Crosshatch?

Crosshatch: Two sets of parallel diagonal lines crossing one another to create a diagonal grid work.

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What is Echo Quilting?

Echo quilting: 1/4" spaced repeating quilting used around appliqué or pieced work.

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What are Feathers?

Feathers: Heart shaped forms on both sides of a main stem, can be round, heart shaped, freeform, or can even be used to fill an area.

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What is Freehand Quilting?

Freehand: No pattern is used, the quilter moves the machine as in drawing, can be textures such as water, wood, or can be feathers, flower designs, and overall fills.

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What is Heirloom Quilting?
Heirloom quilting: Dense custom quilting, usually containing stippling, motifs, and patterns to fit the quilt top. Very heavy quilting.

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What is Meandering?

Meandering: Continuous curving line, can be small to large, used as overall pattern in specific areas.

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What are Motifs?

Motifs: Coordinating design pattern used to fill an area of the quilt such as a block.

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What are Pantographs?

Pantographs: Overall continuous repeating lines of patterns in rows over entire quilt, creating a unified look.

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What is Stippling?

Stippling: Tiny meandering, continuous motion, used around appliqué, areas you wish to have a raised appearance. Usually less than 1/4" spacing between stippling lines.

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What is Stitch in the Ditch?

Stitch in the ditch: Quilting in the seams of the pieced work of a quilt.

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What is Trapunto?

Trapunto: Raised areas in the quilting design, with additional batting behind these areas.

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