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“Cover Me” Quilting Millie mom needs advice!

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I have just started long arm quilting. I have successfully finished two small quilts with cotton backings. A friend gave me a small quilt to finish and provided fleece backing...which is very stretchy in one direction!!

Which way do I load this type of fabric, with the stretch on the rollers or along the length of the frame?? I would hate to destroy her beautiful quilt!

Shawna McPherson

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You want to pin the stretchiest direction to the canvasses, being very careful not to stretch it out of its natural shape as you pin it. And as you advance your quilt, be careful to release the stretch along the sides.

Barbara Mayfield
APQS Sales Representative & Educator
AND Quilt Path owner!!!

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I have done a quilt with a fleece backing before and I'm trying to think which way the stretch was. I loaded the fleece with the selvages on the poles. It worked out great. Just be careful not to over tighten. Hope this helps. Do a search, I know it's been discussed before.

Betty Ann

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It looks like quilters load both ways so try both ways and see what you like best.

I have done a few minkie backs. The key is keeping the back loose. I always load the selvage to the leaders. When I advance the quilt, if the sides are beginning to curl then the back is too tight and needs to be loosened.

Heidi Patterson

APQS Blissed Millennium with Quilt Path

APQS Sales Rep - Educator - Authorized Service Rep

Boise, Idaho

208-861-5018 (cell)

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As everyone says, not stretching the fleece/Minkee is the key.


I cut muslin rectangles about four inches wide and twelve inches long to use as a base to clamp to. Wrap the fabric around the edge when the backer is slack and pin every two inches and parallel to the edge. This stabilizes the edge so the clamps don't stretch out the backer. Attach the clamps to the pinned fabric right on one of the pins and tighten the clamps elastic only until the backer is level. Make sure you use a curtain rod or yardstick to elevate the elastic/clamps barely to the level of the bed of the machine. Ease off on the roller-to-roller tension and all should be good.

If the backer is stretched, any curvy quilting you do will result in little balloons of fabric around the curves after the quilt is unloaded.

Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

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