QUILT PREPARATION
  • Pressing your quilt is very important for quality quilting — pressing seams so they lay as flat as possible
     

  • Borders that are not properly measured and applied may appear wavy (slightly too long), or pinched (slightly too short). In either case, quilting will not fix it. For accurate borders, measure your quilt in three places along the length - add these three measurements and divide by 3 to get the average. This is the length you should cut your side borders. Mark the center of the quilt side, and the center of the border - line up at center point and pin every few inches along the whole length of the border, easing as necessary so the ends line up. Repeat the process for the top and bottom borders (now you are including the side borders in your measurements).
     

  • Remove all loose threads on the front of the quilt. This is important as so the machine does not catch as this could damage your quilt
     

  • Backing and batting need to be at least 4 inches longer and wider than the quilt top on each edge. This means the batting and back is a total of 8 inches wider and longer.
     

  • No need to baste or pin the layers together, since they will be attached to the machine separately.
     

  • When piecing the back, press seams well — cut off the selvage if you are going to use it in the seam of the backing (If you’d prefer, I can piece the back for you at a minimal cost of $10 per seam.). *I do accept minky for backings. 
     

  • Square up your pieced back — this becomes very important when attaching your quilt to the longarm machine. 
     

  • If you have a preference for matching the front-top and the back-top, the best way to indicate this is to use a safety pin to mark the top of the quilt and the top of the backing. 
     

  • If you want your binding attached to the top of your quilt, make sure you either include your premade binding or enough fabric to do so. 

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