Thursday, December 23, 2010

Calling all quilters and needlework artists!

Shiner Heritage Quilters Guild are inviting you to participate in the 2011 quilt show, “Spring into Quilting” that will be held on Friday, March 18th (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday, March 19th (9:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.) at the First United Methodist Church Activity Center, 102 West Church St. (off Hwy 90A) in Shiner, Texas.

Please contact Irene Cerny or call (361-594-3185) to receive general instructions and entry forms and to ask any questions about entries.

You may also pick up general instructions and entry forms, in Shiner, at either: Martha’s Quilting Corner, 361-594-8286, or The Square Quilter; 361-594-8022.

The Shiner Heritage Quilters Guild will accept entry forms postmarked on or before Friday, January 28, 2011. This allows members time to make special labels for all entries and to list the entries in keepsake show programs. An entry form must be submitted for each item you display. The general instructions contain information regarding the times and dates that the actual items for display need to be brought for the show.

We hope that all of you will mark the dates of the show, March 18 and 19, on your 2011 calendars. Thank you very much for your support!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Martha's Quilting Tips: Preparing Your Quilt for Machine Quilting

As much thought, time, effort, and expense that goes into creating a quilt, taking time to properly prepare your quilt for the quilter is an area I often see neglected.  The following few steps should help you get the best results from your project!

First, the top should be properly squared, straight on all sides and lay flat. Also, clip all loose threads and press seams flat. If the top and bottom of the quilt are different, be sure to attach a note (with a safety pin) to the top to clearly indicate the top of your quilt.

For backing, I always recommend a 100% cotton fabric. I like to stay away from polyester or poly blends, because of their tendency to be stretchy, which can cause puckers. Also, it's best to avoid using bed sheets for backing, because in many cases the weave is too dense. The backing needs to be 8" longer and wider than the quilt top. The extra 8" will give 4 additional inches on all four sides of the quilt top. For example, if your quilt top is 70" x 80" your backing should measure 78" x 88". This allows the quilt to be loaded properly without stretching the top. When piecing a back use a 1/2" seam allowance, remove any selvage and press the seams flat. To avoid having to piece a back you may want to consider using 108" Wide Back Fabrics.

Lastly the batting should be of good quality, and also be 8" longer and wider than the quilt top.

Happy Quilting!  Martha