How To Prepare Your Quilt Tops
For Longarm Machine Quilting
The better you prepare your quilt, the better it will be when finished. We are very good at
what we do, but we can't work miracles. Please review this page carefully. It is very important that you
follow these guidelines. By making sure a few things are taken care of ahead of time you can keep your cost
down, reduce the time it takes to get your quilt finished, and most importantly, make sure your quilt is a
beautiful finished product.
BACKING 1. Backing must
extend at least 3" beyond quilt top on all sides. This means it must measure 6 inches longer and 6 inches wider
than your quilt top. For example, if your quilt top measures 64" wide and 90" long, the backing must
be 70" wide and 96" long. This very important because if the back is not big enough we cannot attach
your quilt to the machine.
2. Use a good quality cotton quilting fabric or good quality muslin
for backing. Please do not use bed sheets for backing. Backing should be pressed with seams open.
All selvages should be trimmed off. We can also provide a backing for an additional charge. Make sure backing
is cut square.
1. Check your quilt for extra or stretched fabric. This by far the
most common problem we see. This often happens when attaching borders, but can occur anywhere in
the quilt top. When placed on a firm smooth surface the quilt top should lay flat. If you see any tenting or
bubbles these areas may end up with small folds or overlaps when quilted. If there is too much extra fabric, even
if we slow the machine down and manually adjust as we quilt, tucks and overlaps may occur.
2. Another common problem are quilt tops being out of square. If you measure
your quilt in all directions there should not be more than a 1/4" difference in any direction. Measurements should
be taken at both ends and middle of both length and width and across both diagonals (corner to corner). We can make
only minor adjustments to length and width of borders and patterns to compensate for out-of-square quilts. Make
sure edges are straight
3. Check seams to make sure they are secure and trim off hanging threads. All
loose threads should be removed, If your top has no borders, stay-stitch 1/4" in all the way around the edge. This
keeps the seams from "popping" and prevents stretching when attaching it to the canvas on the rollers. Please, no
4. Your quilt top should be well pressed with seams
5. Please be sure to test fabric and prewash any fabrics used in
used in your quilt top and backing that may bleed.
6. We cannot quilt over any embellishments. Please wait
to add these after quilting. If your quilt top has any overlaps or loose fabric it must be must be
temporarily tacked dwon for quilting.
7. Mark the top of the quilt so we will know which way the quilting pattern
should run. If the backing has a top and bottom, please mark that also. (Safety pin a note to indicate the
BATTING We supply high quality batting at very competive
prices. Due to the requirements of long arm quilting we generally only use batting we provide. Any
batting you supply must meet our quality and size requirements for longarm quilting.
THREAD We use only thread we supply that is designed
for machine quilting. We use primarily Signature 100% cotton threads and keep many popular colors on hand. You
may also specify colors, however, if we do not have them in stock it will increase the turnaround time for
your quilt. Thread changes, variegated threads and other brands are available at additional cost.
FINAL THINGS All quilts will be
returned trimmed even with the quilt top unless you request us return your quilt untrimmed. This is important
if you plan to roll backing for your binding.