Quilting Tips

You have put a lot of creativity and time into piecing your quilt top and you want the finished quilt to be something you will be proud to display or present to a family member or friend. Here are a few steps that will help assure your end results are the best they can be.

1. Make sure your backing fabric is squared up.

2. Press the top and backing well, but do not stretch. Use a gentle up and down motion. Make sure the seams are pressed flat.

3. SeaJay's quilting is by hand-guided machine. The stitching looks very much like the average sewing machine stitch. Stitch lengths vary slightly due to the change in speed of movement of the sewing head to create the pattern by choose.

4. Pin a piece of paper with a safety pin to the edge you consider to be the top of your quilt and also do this with the backing.

5. If you have bias edges on the outside of you quilt, stay stitch with a straight 1/4 inch seam around all sides of the quilt.

6. Backing and batting must be 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than your quilt top (4 inches per sides and top & bottom). Batting may be purchased from SeaJay Quilting.

7. Please remember puckered or uneven piecing or borders may not quilt nicely. Machine quilting a quilt that is squared with even borders and flat pressed seams produces a lovely keepsake.

8. Schedule your quilt well in advance if your project must be finished by a specific deadline.