Prepare your quilt for our longarm quilting services by using this
Quilting Prep Checklist.
- Press all seams accordingly as you are piecing
- Make sure all seams are secure
- Clip all loose/long thread tails on the front and back of top. Dark threads may shadow under lighter fabrics.
- Puckers, tucks, and fullness cannot be quilted out.
- Remove all pins.
- If quilt top is directional, mark the top with a safety pin.
- Tops without borders should be stay-stitched on the outside edges.
- Press the top from the front side, taking care not to stretch and distort.
- Pressing, clipping threads and other repairs will be charged an hourly rate.
- Your quilt should be as square as possible.
- Apply borders correctly so they do not incorporate extra fabric that will cause waviness.
- Back stitch seams on outside edge of borders so they will not pull open when on frame.
- Determine the length of the quilt border by averaging the distance of three center measurements.
- Cut two borders that length and pin to opposite sides of the quilt, matching edges and centers. Ease in the fullness. Sew and press.
- Determine the width of the quilt by averaging the distance of three center measurements. Cut these borders that length and pin, easing in the fullness. Sew and press.
- Backing needs to be 8" larger than the quilt top (i.e., 60" x 60" top would have a backing that is 68" x 68").
- The additional backing is needed to be pinned to the canvas leaders.
- If seaming your backing, shorten your stitch length and use a 1/2" wide seam. Press the seam open.
- Square your backing and remove the selvages. A backing that is not square will not properly roll on the backing bar and can cause unavoidable puckers or creases.
- Cut selvages off the seam allowances that are going to be inside the quilt, because they can pull backing unevenly and create puckers during the quilting process.
- Press the entire backing.
- The shop has a variety of 110" backing fabrics.
- Do not use a sheet - the thread count is too high for the needle to penetrate.
- We carry Dream Cotton, Warm & Natural and Dream Poly.
- We supply a variety of thread colors, including variegated.
- If a darker bobbin thread is used, you will see very small "pokies" on the top of the quilt, it is not due to incorrect tension.
- Pantographs are a pattern that is repeated across the quilt.
- Meandering is a free-motion quilting, in a free form pattern.