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A lesson in fundamentals

March 11, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I often get caught up in choosing the perfect fabric and pattern for my quilt tops, and the batting and backing become an afterthought. No more!!!  After hearing Grace Whiting of Signature Quilts speak at the Kanata guild meeting last Wednesday, I’m changing my ways. Borders, batting, backing, quilting and binding are a potentially boring topic, but Grace addressed these often overlooked fundamentals of quilting with humour and insight.

As a long-arm quilter Grace advised us to give some thought to the quilting when you’re planning your project and as you choose your fabric. She talked about paying attention to the grain of the fabric, particularly for borders and backing (try to keep the lengthwise grain running the length of the quilt). And your choice of batting and backing should enhance the investment of time and money you’ve already made in your beautiful quilt top. It was a jam-packed hour, and you really need to hear Grace speak if you ever get the chance. Her knowledge and experience as a quilter is amazing, and she’s a very entertaining speaker as well.

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