Quilt Preparation

Is Your Quilt Ready for Long Arm Quilting?

Instructions in how to prepare your quilt for the best longarm quilting results.

Quilt Top:
  • Trim loose threads on the top as they will interfere with machine quilting
  • Baste 1/4inch around the quilt top if it has a pieced border. Make sure all seams are secure (particularly those along the edge of your quilt top)
  • Seam allowances should be pressed appropriately.
  • Please apply your borders properly. This is a vital step in your quilt making process – if the borders are longer than the top and applied without proper and accurate measuring, the top will not lay flat. Pleats and puckers will develop during the machine quilting process.
  • To apply borders properly:
    • Lay your top out on a flat surface and measure at least three different places across the width and length.
    • If these measurements are not the same, take the average measurement and use this for cutting the borders.
    • Apply each border to the quilt top evenly – divide the quilt top and border into quarters (or eighths) and ease or slightly stretch between marks, to make the border to fit.
    • Fullness and or puckers within a border cannot be quilted out. I will try my best to work in some fullness, but I cannot guarantee that puckers and tucks will not be sewn in. Just remember, the flatter your quilt top lays, the better your finished quilt will look.
  • Remover all embellishments
  • Carefully fold or hang the quilt top and backing. Please do not pin or baste the top/backing/batting together as they need to be separate to be attached to the machine.
  • Ideally a one-piece backing will allow for best results (use a “wide back” to eliminate piecing)
  • Bed sheets can be used but I can not guarantee not having thread related issues due to the tight weave and lower quality of fabric 
  • Straighten (square) the edges of your backing (fold fabric to fit on cutting board and trim raw edges even); this ensures the quilt loads onto the machine straight, which is important for keeping the design square on your top
  • The backing must be at least 6” larger than top on all four sides 

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