Preparing Your Quilt

Quilt Top

Before sending your project for quilting, neatly iron the quilt top and trim all loose threads. Dark threads will show through white fabric if not trimmed prior to quilting. It works best if you try to flatten all bulky seams as much as possible. Check that the stitches are strong on your seams at the outside edges of your quilt. You can add a “stay stitch” 1/8 inch around your whole quilt top, which helps secure those outside edges. 

Please have your top as square (or rectangular, as the case may be) as possible. This will facilitate proper longarm machine loading and successful quilting.

If your top is directional, please indicate that by pinning a note to the top.


Quilt Backing and Batting

Your quilt backing and batting must be at least 8 inches wider and longer than your quilt top (4 inches on each side). For example, if your quilt top is 50″ x 65″, your backing and batting must be at least 58″ x 73″. 

This is super important for loading your quilt on the longarm frame and allows my machine to reach all the areas that need to be quilted. I personally like to make my backing 10″ wider and longer than my quilt top, as it is a nice even number to remember.

When piecing your backing, it works best to remove selvages from the center seam. This will prevent the backing fabric from being tight in the center.

Please do your best to square up your quilt back so there are no uneven edges, corners are square and sides run parallel.

If your backing is directional, please indicate that by pinning a note to the top.


Packaging

If you are shipping your quilt, fold your top, back and batting separately. Place in a plastic bag before packaging in an envelope or box. Please request a tracking number and consider buying insurance for your package.


Labeling

Print out the quilting request form here. Fill it out and attach it to your quilt before shipping or dropping off. You also can fill out an online version of the form here.