Sew Honored

“I am ‘So Honored’ to participate
in the creation or completion of your quilt.
Together we can create a quilt that will be a lasting treasure.”

Marilou Loudon - Owner

Machine Quilting Terms

  • SQUARE INCHES - multiply length x width
  • BASTING - machine quilting stitches spaced to approximately 4 inches apart, horizontally and vertically, to secure top, batting, and backing in preparation for hand-quilting
  • BINDING - usually a 2 1/2 inch wide, bias-cut strip of fabric, folded and sewn around perimeter of quilt: 
  • Full machine binding - attached to back and then machine stitched to front of quilt
  • Machine half binding - machine stitched to front of quilt only
  • Hand-finished binding - machine applied to front of quilt, folded over, and then hand stitched (blind-hem) to back
  • EDGE-TO-EDGE (PANTOGRAGH) - overall, continuous, repeating patterns in rows over the entire quilt
  • CUSTOM QUILTING - quilting created to enhance the individual quilt top design, fabric, and style.  EXAMPLES INCLUDE:
  • Cross-hatching - 2 sets of parallel lines crossing one another to create a diagonal grid; effective around appliques
  • Stitching-in-the-ditch - quilting in the seams
  • Meandering - continuous curving line; can be used as overall or accent; density varies
  • Stippling - tiny continuous motion meandering, effective in "lifting" areas of interest such as appliques; varies in density
  • Heirloom quilting - Dense custom quilting, usually containing a variety of individualized patterns and techniques to fit the quilt top
  • Freehand - creative free movement of the quilting machine without using a pattern; may include drawing, echoing, feathering, etc.
  • Motifs - coordinated patterns to fill specific areas of quilt, such as blocks, borders, and sashes.
  • Turning - layering the quilt top and backing with the right sides together along with batting; sewing around the perimeter with space to "turn" the layers inside out.  Hand stitching the opening.  (No binding necessary.)

Preparing your quilt top and backing for machine quilting

  • Reinforce loose seams, particularly at edges, as quilt must withstand stretching on the frame.
  • Cut and remove all loose threads from both sides of the top and back.
  • Press all seams as flat as possible.
  • Do NOT pin or baste top-batting-backing together; each layer is loaded separately on the frame.  An extra charge will be incurred to separate layers.
  • Backing should be 5-6 inches wider and longer than the quilt top to allow atachment to the frame.  (e.g., about 3 inches all around the top.)  If backing needs to be pieced, use a 1/2 inch seam and press open.  Remove all selvages and "square-up".  Squared backing will have both sides the same length, with 90-degree corners.
  • Binding service is available.  You may provide the 2 1/2 inch prepared bias strip, or may desire to supply 1 yd of fabric and use my services.
  • Batting - You may supply your own or purchase quality batting from me at a very reasonable rate.  An extra 6 inches longer and wider than the top dimensions are required.
  • Place a safety pin at the head of the quilt top and backing if you have a preference.
  • I cannot quarantee proper alignment if the quilt is not square and will not be responsible for folds in fabric due to piecer's fullness in borders.  (TIP:  Before cutting side borders, figure the average width at top, middle, and bottom of the quilt and cut side borders to that length.  Do the same for the top and bottom borders.)