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 HOW TO PREPARE YOUR QUILT TOP FOR
 
LONGARM  QUILTING

 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 
   cause damage. 
 
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 
    quilting.
 
5) Please clip and remove all stray threads from your 
    quilt top. They can show through light   
    colored fabrics and take away from the beauty
   of your quilt. Stray threads can also catch on my 
    my 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 is 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 
    of  fabric.
 
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     
     feed dogs.
 
 
                      Thank you for letting me turn your
                         special quilt top into a treasured
                                         keepsake.
 
 
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