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Preparing Your Quilt Top


 QUILT TOP – To prepare your quilt top for machine quilting services please be sure to:

  1.   Iron your quilt top – Be sure you have ironed your quilt top and pressed your seams. Minor travel wrinkles are fine. You will get a better product if you have ironed your quilt top and pressed your seams properly.

  2. Pick out stray threads - Please pick out all the threads that have come through your seams to the top of your quilt. The threads are distracting during quilting, and much harder for you to get out afterwards. And, I would like a nice photo of your finished quilt before I return it to you.

  3.    Lint roll - If you own pets, or if your quilt top is dusty or lint covered please use a lint roller. I am allergic to cats, dogs and dust and would like to feel well as I work on your quilt.

***You may purchase your quilt back, binding fabric and batting from me if you desire. I would then prepare them properly for you. Piecing and/or binding charges would apply where applicable. If you are sending them to me keep reading!

QUILT BACK – To prepare your quilt back for machine quilting services please be sure to:

Have a larger back than your top – To be safe your quilt back needs to be a minimum of 3"-4" larger all the way around than your quilt top (like a picture frame around it). I need extra to attach it to my machine leaders, room on the side to test thread tension if necessary, and enough to ensure we don’t run out of back fabric by the end of the quilt if anything was not perfectly square. I will return your scraps to you and they are great to use for future piecing and bindings
  1. Iron your quilt back – The same ironing, thread picking and lint rolling guidelines apply for your quilt back. It is difficult for you to square your back if it has not been ironed.  If your back has been pieced, you need to press seams properly.

  2. Remove any interior selvages – I love selvage edges on the perimeter of your quilt back. However, if you pieced your back please remove selvages that are in the middle of your quilt back. They can create tight and loose spots in your quilt.

  3. Square your quilt back – Try to have your quilt back as square as possible. To check this, have someone help you fold it in half in the air (with smaller backs you can do this alone). With both of you holding two corners together come slightly towards each other and see if the “smile” happens in the center. If it doesn’t you will need to shift your corners until the “smile” is centered and then retrim your sides to straight.

BATTING – Your batting also needs to be 3”-4” larger all the way around than your quilt top.

BINDING – To be sure you have enough fabric to bind your quilt use the following formula:
 (perimeter of quilt + 20)/42 x 2.5 = inches of fabric needed
You can substitute the width of fabric you are using for the 42” if different.
You can also substitute another width of binding strips instead of 2.5” if you choose. Those are my defaults.

DESIRED PATTERN AND THREAD - Put some thought into what type of quilting and thread you may want for your quilt. I am happy to make recommendations. You may visit my gallery for ideas.  I have many thread colors to choose from that are made specifically for longarm quilting machines.

* If you have any questions or concerns about preparing for quilting services please call me to discuss them.