Before you bring your quilt top to me, there are a few ways you can prepare that will save time and money. There are also a few things I need to know before work begins.
Consider the following:
To prepare your quilt backing, make sure the material is at least 10cm (or 4 inches) longer than the edges of the quilt top. This ensures that there is enough fabric to attach to the canvas leaders and cover the length of the quilt. If you have had to join the backing, make sure the seams are flat.
It also saves a lot of time if you can iron the quilt and backing before bringing your quilt to me. Both pieces will need to be free of creases so that they sew together evenly.
Be sure to trim any loose threads on the back and top of the quilt top as these can show through. Also, make sure your backing and quilt top are square as this can affect the quilting.
Make sure your batting is at least 10cm longer than each edge of the quilt top. If you need to sew pieces together, butt the edges together and join them with a zig-zag stitch.
Remember, the more time you’ve put into choosing exactly what you want and preparing your materials, the quicker and easier the quilting process will be.
The type of batting you choose will affect the thickness, drape, price and warmth of your quilt. Here’s an overview of the most popular types of quilt batting to help you choose the right one for you.
Bamboo batting dries three times faster than cotton batting and is naturally mould resistant; making it perfect for humid environments. It is soft and tends to drape better than cotton and wool batting.
Cotton is popular because it’s a soft, lightweight and breathable natural fibre. You can’t really go wrong with cotton batting, so if the options are a little overwhelming, cotton batting will do the job.
Polyester is a more durable type of batting and holds its shape and thickness better than cotton. Being synthetic, it is resistant to mould, making it better for quilts that will likely need frequent washing.
Polyester is light and warm. It comes in a range of thicknesses and weights to suit different needs, though it doesn’t breath as well as cotton.
Wool is another popular, natural fibre used for quilt batting. It is warm and light and naturally resistant to mould and mildew. Wool batting doesn’t crease, so your quilt will keep its shape for longer.
Polyester/ wool blend batting is perfect for baby quilts because it’s lighter than cotton and resists mould and mildew. It’s also one of the cheaper options while still retaining the benefits of wool; which is the most expensive type of batting.
Usually, silk batting is blended with polyester at a rate of 10% polyester to 90% silk. Silk batting is light, maintains its shape, breathes well and drapes beautifully.