How to Prepare Your Quilt
- Your quilt top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, sequins etc. (These can be stitched on after it is quilted). Ironing you quilt top flat prior to sending it is preferred.
- Trim all loose threads on your quilt. They can show through light fabric.
- Stay stitch within ¼” around the edge of your top. This prevents seams from opening during machine quilting.
- Square your quilt top using your quilter’s ruler.
- Press your quilt top, paying particular attention to the seams. Seams should be pressed open or to one side, preferably to the darker side fabric.
- Identify the top and bottom of your quilt top with a piece of paper pinned to the fabric.
- Please do not baste your quilt with pins or any other glue method.
- If the borders are 'wavy', the fullness needs to be taken in during the quilting process and although we try and avoid it, sometimes small tucks may result.
Please note: I do charge for preparing your quilt however this will be waived if the above preparation has been done by you.
- Backing fabrics should be cotton fabric of a similar weight and feel to the fabrics used in the quilt top.
- Ironing your quilt backing flat prior to sending it is preferred. Please do not use sheets as backing.
- Backing must be 4 inches larger than your quilt top on ALL four sides. Using wide back fabrics (approx. 108” wide) will save you joining the backing.
- Trim selvage edges from seams if backing is pieced and press seams flat and open.
- Square up the quilt backing so that all edges are straight, and the corners are at right angles.
- If your backing has a directional pattern, please identify the top and bottom with a piece of paper pinned to the fabric.
Please note: Additional charges apply for centring pieced backings
- Batting must be 4 inches larger than your quilt top on ALL four sides.
- Batting should not be larger than your backing fabric.