More Information and FAQ
To Prepare your Quilt Top:
Lining/Backing material needs to be 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than your quilt top. You can sew muslin to the sides if you like, keep in mind that the lining/backing is centered to your quilt top. I do return all fabric and batting sent to me.
- If piecing your lining/backing, I recommend that you have the seams down the length of the quilt top. This allows me to load the lining/backing where I am rolling with the grain of the fabric which allows for less shrinkage. This is not required but I do find that the results are much better.
- I do not recommend that you open the seams either on the quilt top or on the lining/backing material. That weakens your seams and the stitching could come apart over time. For best results iron all seams flat to one side. I use a serger to finish my seams on lining/backing material.
I do have 108″ Wide Backing Material for purchase if you like.
- A light pressing of your quilts is the only thing done to the quilt after I receive it. For the best results, I recommend that you clip all loose threads and press your quilt top and lining material with seams lying flat.
What you can expect from me as your long arm quilter:
- I do lightly press your lining and quilt top before loading on the machine.
- I load your lining fabric with the grain of the fabric, I find that there is less chance of puckers on the larger size quilts and this causes less shrinkage in the quilt itself.
- I baste the top of the quilt to a straight line at the top and center the quilt to this. I will sew straight lines down each side and baste as I go. This keeps your quilt 99% square. I may be able to quilt in some excess fabric depending on the type of quilting; however, if you have very wavy borders (quilting this is when I will see it) I may not be able to quilt in the excess material. You will need to have the borders removed and sewn back on properly. (I will contact you concerning this matter. I can do this for a charge or will send the quilt back for you to correct.)
- You will have excess batting around all 4 sides of your quilt so if you like to do your binding using this excess you will be able to. I personally trim mine off and bind right to the quilt but I know others who like to use about 1/2 of extra batting width.
- I seldom trim any lining fabric or batting off unless you have given me so much extra that I cannot work with the quilt without trimming. I will return all fabric and batting to you that is not used. Normally this will still be attached to the quilt for you to trim off as you like.
- I try to keep my basting within the 1/4 seam allowance so it will be hidden when you bind the quilt, but you may find it necessary to clip a few threads here and there.
- I do secure all my stitches, bury the knots within the batting and clip all threads so you should have a nice clean quilt to bind and enjoy.
My goal is to enhance your quilt with the quilting process, so I take great care in the process. If I do not like something that I have attempted I will take out the stitches and start over again. This is not something that I have to do often but sometimes I just do not like the look of the process so I remove it.
I recommend labeling your quilt and will be happy to provide that service to you for a fee. Should you elect not to do that process I will put a small label that says “Quilted by Gwen B. Moore” on the bottom right-hand corner (on the back of the quilt).
I hope that you will let me add beauty and value to your quilt.
Gwen B. Moore
Gwen’s Quilting, LLC
1613 Rufty Street
Catawba, NC 28609
After the body of the quilt has been pieced, gently press before adding borders. The logical place to measure the finished top is along its outside edges, and this is a useful measurement. However, measurements should be taken across the center in two or three places for both the width and length. If these measurements are different from that of the outer edge, accidental stretching has occurred. To keep the finished quilt as straight and square as possible, you must measure the centers.
You determine the length of the quilt border by averaging the distance of two or three center measurements. Example: First measures 60.0”, second measure 60.25” and third measures 60.50”. Add all three to get a total of 180.75”. Divide 180.75” by 3 to obtain an average of 60.25”. If you want the quilt width to be 80.0”. You would take 80.0” less 60.25” to get the amount to be divided on each side or 19.75”. Divide the amount by 2 (for each side amount) which would each equal 9.875”. Cut two borders that length and pin them to opposite sides of the quilt matching ends and centers and easing in the fullness. Sew and press.
Miter border corners are used to complement your quilt design. You can use one solid piece of material or stripped pieces (as many as you desire). If you use several strips, so all the strips together to begin with as one unit.
After determining the average width of your quilt top, add the width of the borders for each side (i.e. 6”). So if the quilt top is 65” and the borders are 6” you will add 65” + 6” + 6” and then add an additional 2” to the strip for a total of 79”. You will need to cut strips at 79”, one for the top and one for the bottom. Repeat this method for each side.
Center your border strips in the place, starting in the middle and working to each end. Make sure to backstitch and secure each beginning and ending stitches. Press the seams toward the quilt top.
Lay quilt top right side up on your ironing board and fold each border end back creating a 45-degree angle with the right sides together. Press each corner making sharp creases in the border.
Take to quilt top off the ironing board and place on a flat surface. Fold quilt on the diagonal with right sides together. Align the border strips with edges together, pin the crease together allowing for 14” border seams.
Press the seam open. Check your sewn angle with a ruler. If the corner is flat and square, trim excess fabric to 1?4” seam allowance.
Remember: If you are doing a multiple strip mitered border, sew strips together first and then attach to the quilt top as one unit.
Quick Tip: If doing multiple strips, press side border seams in opposite direction than top and bottom borders so that nesting can be done and the results should be a perfect match.
Here is a video by Sharon Schamber giving instructions on how to do perfect binding for show quilts.
Tips on Preparing your Backing Fabrics for Long Arm Quilting
The backing fabric is loaded onto the long arm frame and stretched fairly firm (not tight) between the bars. The more stable your backing is the better the end results will be. Over the years I have found that a nice square backing to start with will give the best quilting results. I do get persistent with the backing in order to get these results.
Solid One Piece Fabric
My first choice is to have one solid piece of fabric. You can purchase 108” fabric online, at quilting stores, or purchase through Gwen’s Quilting, LLC. To make sure that the backing has a straight edge, I rip the material along the top and bottom. You need to make sure to supply enough fabric for me to accomplish this task (approximately an additional 4 inches).
One and Two Seamed Back Example
Sometimes it is difficult to find a fabric that is both wide enough and works with the quilt top. This is when you might purchase 44-45 inch wide material. The most common process is to sew the width of the material, usually the same material, together creating one seam down the middle of the fabric. The examples below are in different colors for illustration and can be done with completely different material as well. There are times when you might need at with of 100 inches plus, which would require two seams or three sections. Then don’t forget you will need to then add 8 inches I need for the long arm quilting process.
Below is an illustration with 3 sections of fabric seamed down the length of the quilt, again in different colors. There are several ways to accomplish obtaining more than 90 inches of material for the backing. One or more of the material widths may be trimmed down to 15-20 inches (usually the center) with the full width on either side. Or, try the other edges trimmed equally on the outside so that the total width is the required measurements. You could also use 3 totally different pieces of material and have a striped effect. Remember to add the 8 inches in for the long arm quilting.
Top and Bottom Quilts
If you decide that you want both sides of your quilt to be quilted with two different quilt tops, there are some rules you must abide by. The quilt top you are calling the backing must be 8 inches wider and 8 inches longer than the one you are calling the top. It must give me at least 4 inches on each side for quilting purposes. The backing length edges should be on the straight of grain (this is the salvage side of the material and will not stretch when you tug on it). It is imperative that if you are going to piece the backing with several different fabrics that the bias is on top and the straight of grain is on the sides.
This next example has a nice solid black across the top and bottom as well as the same fabrics on each side. The nine patch design in the middle has the straight of grain going all in the same direction and should not create any stretching or distortions when quilted.
This next example would be more difficult to quilt as the block pieces are on the bias and could pucker and stretch as it is being quilted. The fewer blocks of this type the better the results will be.
Below are PDFs for More information on Schmetz Needles.
Serve Your Nation.
Make a Quilt of Valor.
Quilting to Honor & Comfort
Why Quilts of Valor?
Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts began Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOFV) in 2003 from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware. Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning troops were welcomed home with love and gratitude provided the rest.
Catherine hit upon the idea that linking quilt top makers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of awarding healing quilts to returning service men and woman touched by war. These awarded quilts, called Quilts of Valor (QOVs), serve as tangible reminders of appreciation and gratitude to service members.
Over time, the mission of QOVF has expanded to include military service members and veterans touched by war regardless of the conflict– declared war or otherwise– in which they served. QOVs are lifetime awards, stitched with love, prayers, and healing thoughts.
QOVF, now an ongoing national service effort, in many cases connects civilians with service members and veterans, but also at times veterans with other veterans. Quilts of Valor are tokens of appreciation that unequivocally say, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.”
National Service can be as complicated as giving your life for your country, or as simple as making a Quilt of Valor.
In order to purchase a quilt, you will need to submit a questionnaire with your information so that a quote can be put together. Gwen will review your information and contact you with any extra questions she may have and will invoice you a price.
Please allow 3-4 weeks for your quilt to be completed. We return ship via FedEx. Will combine as many quilts in one box that will fit well. Avg shipping cost is $20.00 to $25.00 and includes $100.00 of insurance.
If you need a faster turn-around request, you just need to let me know up front. Rush jobs add $50.00 (If I can slip the rush into the workflow this will be waived).
Please always feel free to contact me and discuss each situation.
Edge-to-edge quilting is when we begin on the left side of the quilt’s edge and machine stitch the design to the right edge (that includes the borders). Prices vary depending on the complexity of the pattern. Please view the design catalogs. Please keep in mind that there are basic, simple, and dense design choices and each have different pricing. Click here to learn more about pricing.
Custom quilting is considered on a case by case base, I reserve this service for my existing customers. You must be a repeating customer with edge-to-edge quilting. There is a minimum $200 charge on all custom quilting.
Yes! Just go over to my photo gallery for a bunch of photos of my past quilts that I’ve made for my customers.
Must be returned within 7 days of receipt. Purchaser is responsible for all return shipping fees. Any damages to the product will be deducted from the refund. Photographs are taken of the quilts prior to shipping to the customer and when the quilts are returned for legal purposes.