Now that you know more about the possible methods you can choose, let’s review the basic steps for quilt loading...
Each quilt loading method has advantages and drawbacks, and there really is not a “right” way to load a quilt—only different ways.
With a “full float,” the quilt’s top edge is basted to the backing and batting, but the bottom edge hangs down with the batting.
A quilt’s condition determines whether you can launder it safely. A well-quilted, recently made quilt should be machine washable and dryable. However, if the quilting lines are very far apart, or the piecing seams appear inconsistent, the quilt may not withstand even the gentle cycle.
Many quilters love to make cuddly quilts using fabric like polar fleece, flannel, or nappy knits like Minky or Shannon fabrics. Each of these fabrics introduces unique properties that may require adjustments to the way you may normally quilt.
Whether you “quilt by check,” rent time on a longarm, or plan to buy one, it’s helpful to understand how the quilt gets on the frame and why you need extra backing fabric to make it work.
Piecing backing fabric on a quilt is an important part of the quiltmaking process, and you want to be sure you're doing it right! In this article, Angela Huffman gives you her top five tips for piecing quilt backing fabric.
Wavy borders that are too full for the quilt itself are one of the most common challenges facing a longarm quilter.
The trend of floating a quilt started several years ago and has been adopted by many quilters. However, it's important to remember that not all quilts are perfectly straight when the loading process starts...
Longarm rental studios are popping up all over—giving quilters the power to regain control and “own” the quilting process from start to finish.