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While others talk; we find it, make it, and deliver it. 

Typical example of a quilt mounted on the frames, with clamps and stands.

This section contains information on how to best set up your organization to make quilts. There are many different ideas and styles, as well as closely guarded trade secrets, to make a quilt. Here, we want to share with you how we have discovered over the past 25 years to make quilts quickly and effectively. 

Quick Turning or Envelope Quilting

​To Quick Turn the quilt, you do it opposite of traditional quilting.

  1. Lay the quilt backing on the table, finished side up.
  2. Lay the quilt top on top of the backing, finished side down, even up and pin together. 
  3. Lay both of these pieces on top of the batting. 
  4. Pin all 3 layers together around the edge to hold them together.
  5. Trim all three layers so they are the same size.
  6. Sew a simple straight stitch around the quilt, leaving a 12'' gap along one side.
  7. Remove the pins.
  8. Turn the quilt layers inside out (so it is now right side out) by pulling the corners opposite the gap through the gap in the side.
  9. Pull and work the pieces so the batting is laying flat and the quilt is ready to be tied.
  10. Add pins on 12"- 18'' centers throughout the field to keep the batting from shifting.
  11. Machine sew up the gap. This makes it more durable than a blind hand stitch.
  12. Sew simple straight stitch around the quilt 5/8'' in from the edge.
  13. Tack the quilt to a frame, tie the field on 4" centers, and remove the pins.


Advantages to sandwich quilting:

  1. Several quilts can be laid out on a large table at the same time and mass produced.
  2. Sewing on the binding can take several hours to do my hand while a simple straight stitch can be done with a sewing machine in 3-5 minutes.
  3. If solid prints or panels are used for the top, the time to assemble a quilt for tying can be diminished from many hours the traditional way to less than an hour using the Quick Turn method.

Quilts

Here is a close-up of the quilt top and backing, face to face, on top of the batting. you can also see the pins around the edge.

Here is the quilt, right side out, on the frame being tied.

We place four 8 foot banquet tables in a big square to create a large work area. We also purchase large rolls of batting. Here you can see the quilt top lying upside down on top of the batting.

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