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Longarming Hints, Tips & Techniques
Number 12
Which Way Is Up?


This is the twelfth newsletter in a series of over thirty on "Getting The Most Out Of Your Longarming Dollar." That was the title of one of Ruth's talks at Shipshewana's Schoolhouse training sessions during their Quiltfest.

The purposes of those talks and these newsletters are to:

  • Allow you to get the best quilting results;

  • Have you end up with a work of art that you are proud of;

  • Anticipate the needs of your longarmer; and,

  • Make the longarming process easier on your longarmer so that they may focus on the quality of their craftsmanship.

Prior emails in this series can be found on our web-site: on the tab newsletters.

What Are We Talking About?

There have been many times in my life that things happened so fast that "I didn't know what way was up." But, that didn't stop me from forging ahead!

That seems to be the way it is with quilting. The pattern clearly has a top, but we forget to make sure that all the directional fabric is oriented that way. Or, that one block ends up being oriented differently than the others. But the one that affects us the most, as longarmers, is that the quilt is finished so drop is off at the longarmers' without any comment on which way is up - I mean, isn't is obvious where the top is?
Sometimes it isn't so obvious to us. I can't think of one that snuck by us, but, there are times that I think quilters should put this sign on their quilts. Usually, the orientation of the fabric gives the orientation away. Often it is a well known quilt pattern that makers it obvious [and just because it is well-known to your quilt club does not mean that we have ever seen it before!]. And, of course, there is "Well! It's obvious that the red block is in the left top corner!"

Thank goodness that there is a quilters' sign for "This Side Up!" It is called a safety pin or just a plain pin put at the top of the quilt.

If you don't care, or think that your quilt doesn't have a top, then consider the following when placing your "This Side Up" safety pin on your quilt:

  • The top of the quilt as portrayed in the pattern's picture of the quilt;

  • The top of the quilt as portrayed by the well-known blocks [e.g.: basket or churn-dash blocks, among others]; and,

  • The direction of the designs in the majority of the fabrics.

Hopefully, you will have considered these issues when cutting and piecing your masterpiece.

Bottom's Up!

Well, not exactly! However, make those same considerations for your back. Here, the final issue is important. Mark the top, accordingly.

It would be a shame to have a great Christmas quilt that has a back of upside-down reindeer!
Enjoy your blessings!
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