Quilt Preparation

Your quilt top and back should be ready for quilting when it arrives in my studio.  If extra work such as piecing, pressing or squaring the backing is required, it will be charged at my hourly rate.

·         Do not baste or pin the layers of your quilt.

·         The backing and batting should both be a minimum of 4" longer and wider than the quilt top.  Example:  if your quilt top is 80" x 60", the backing and batting should be at least 84" x 64". I carry a small selection of wide backing fabrics, please check with me for colors available.

·         If you bring your own batting, please make sure it is at least 4" longer and wider than the quilt top. Please remove it from packaging and let the folds relax, and run it through the dryer if necessary.

·         Check if the quilt top is square. If there is more than 1 1/2" difference between the center and edge measurements, there is a chance that there will be a pleat in your quilt after quilting.

·         Please remove selvedges at seams when piecing quilt backings, as the seam will be too tight for quality quilting.  Selvedges at the outer edges of backings are fine, as long as you have the extra 4" as mentioned above.

·         Check that the backing is square, especially if pieced.

·         Please press your quilt top and back carefully, with the seams pressed open or to one side.

·         Trim any loose threads from the quilt, top and back, especially if they are dark and could show through lighter fabrics.

·         Please topstitch 1/8" from the edge of the top and backing (if pieced). Your quilt will be under tension while on the quilting machine, and weak seams could pop open.  If your outer border is solid, back-tacking the seams is sufficient.

·         If there is a specific top or "head" to your quilt top or backing, please mark accordingly.

·         Any appliqués should be securely topstitched. 

·         If your quilt has a dimensional inset border, it will need to be basted in place if you choose an allover pattern.

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