Monday, July 29, 2013

Quality Control

We have made some beautiful quilts!  Almost 2,000 since October, 2006, to be exact!  That's a lot of quilts!!

But sometimes, our quality could be improved.  We want our quilts to reflect a good image throughout the community. 

Here is a checklist of things you should watch out for before turning in your completed quilt top/quilt.  If you have an issue with your quilt and you don’t know how to fix it, ask for help.  Two quilters are better than one sometimes.

  • Clip all threads at the beginning and end of each seam.  This is especially important when the quilt will be going to one of our volunteer longarm quilters.
  • Make sure all seams are securely sewn and both layers of fabric are caught in the seam.  We have had to repair “holes” in the seams at times.
  • Secure seams by backstitching when possible.  This is especially helpful if the seam is on the edge and has a good chance of coming undone before it gets quilted. 
  • When machine quilting your quilt, secure the ends of your quilting before cutting the threads or make sure the quilting goes off the edge so it can get caught in the binding stitches. 
  • Binding – make sure the binding gets caught on both sides and, if hand-stitching, the binding stitches are not too far apart where the thread can get caught and broken easily.  (Machine stitching binding is very acceptable so don’t be afraid to try it.  Practice makes perfect.)
  • Borders – we have, at times, wavy borders on our quilt tops.  This becomes more obvious when the quilt is loaded on the longarm frame for quilting.  Solution for wavy borders:  Measure the middle of the quilt, cut borders to that size, pin borders at the middle, ends and then fill in the remaining edge with pins, easing in any fullness as needed.  (If you would like to see this demonstrated or if you have any questions, please ask.)
  • If you take quilts home to work on them, be very careful to keep them away from pets or tobacco smoke.  (Cats or dogs on quilts may be cute on Facebook but not so much to the child with pet allergies.)

Are there more ideas you would add to the list? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for your attention to the quality of the quilts we deliver!

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