HOW TO PREPARE YOUR QUILT TOP FOR
In order to provide you with a beautifully quilted quilt I have some tips below that will help.
1) Please do not baste or pin your quilt layers
together. This is not necessary as I will do that for
you when I do the quilting.
2) Please do not add any embellishments (beads,
buttons, etc) until after the quilt is quilted. These
items can get caught on the hopping foot and
3) Please check all seams to make sure they all
have an adequate quarter inch seam allowance
and are secure so that your seams will not come
apart while I am working on your quilt.
4) Please press your quilt top and backing. If the
backing is pieced press the seams open with the
selvages removed. Please do not use bed sheets
for backing. They have a different density than
quilting cotton and it can cause problems when
5) Please clip and remove all stray threads from your
quilt top. Stay threads on the bottom can show through your light colored fabrics and take away from the beauty of your quilt. Stray threads on the top can also catch on the hopping foot.
6) Please make sure the quilt top, batting and the
backing are squared. I want to be able to get your
quilt finished and back to you as soon as
possible. If you are using packaged batting it
should not need to be trimmed.
7) THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
Please make sure BOTH backing and batting
are a minimum of 6” wider and 6"longer
(3" on all 4 sides) than your quilt top, after squaring
your quilt. Larger backing and batting are just
fine. I need that extra to attach your backing
to my quilt frame.
8) Please check your borders to see that they
don't ripple and that they lay flat to avoid getting
pleats or puckers during quilting.
Wavy borders are one of the most common problems I have seen over the years. The borders are fuller than the inside of the quilt. This can cause your quilt to not end up square or having to ease excess fabric in when quilting. As an FYI below are some ways to prevent wavy borders.
HOW TO PREVENT WAVY BORDERS
Wavy or ruffled borders are the most common problem I see when receiving a quilt top. These tips will help you prevent borders that have too much fullness for the inside of the quilt.
1. Cut the length of your border on the length of the
grain of fabric (same direction as the selvage
edge) instead of the more stretchy cross grain
2. Before cutting the length of fabric needed for the
border take 3 measurements and average them.
1) at top of quilt top,
2) at bottom of quilt top,
3) through the center of quilt top.
3. When attaching the borders, if the border seems to
be longer than the quilt top, place the border
against the feed dogs, If the top seems longer
than the border, place the top against the
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special quilt top into a treasured
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