The Quirky Quilter, Elaine Myers (read more about her here), always quilts with a pincushion on her wrist and a piece of batting pinned to her shirt. She says it's a long way around a long-arm quilting machine frame and there's never a trashcan nearby, so she just sticks her stray threads to the batting.
Why didn't I think of that? Maybe because I just throw everything on the floor, Eleanor Burns style!
|Elaine Myers, The Quirky Quilter, with her 3 quilting essentials: a pincushion on her wrist, batting pinned to her shirt, and a timer for billing clients fairly.|
|Elaine explains the long-arm quilting process using a model she made from caradboard boxes, mailing tubes and popsicle sticks!|
Elaine says professional long-armers want to receive your quilt top, batting and backing separately, not pinned or basted. And they need the batting and backing at least four inches larger all the way around! If you hire someone to quilt for you, check to see what makes it easier for them and gives you the best results.