Preparing Your Quilt Top

Preparing your quilt Top and Back for machine quilting

  1. To avoid wavy borders please use a dual feed/walking foot  to piece the borders onto the quilt body. If the quilt has multiple borders use the  dual feed/walking foot for each border.  Measure through the middle of the quilt and cut your borders to that length before adding them to the body of the quilt.  I will check your quilt  during the intake appointment to avoid any foreseeable problems and let you know if they need to be fixed.
  2. The quilt back fabric should also be pieced together using a dual feed/walking foot so that it lies flat. The backing should be squared and should measure 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than the quilt top. The extra fabric is needed to attach your quilt back to the machine frame and attach clamps to the sides of the quilt during the quilting process.
  3. The batting needs to be 4 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the quilt top.
  4. Make sure your quilt top is well pressed with seams pressed flat to one side.
  5. Trim hanging threads from the back and edge of the quilt top. Those threads will show through light areas of the quilt.
  6. If you want curved corners, please wait until the quilting is finished to cut the curves. Proper attachment of the quilt to the long-arm machine depends on straight, square corners.

If you would like to have any of the quilt preparation done in my studio: Pricing is $20 per hour for ironing, quilt back piecing, squaring the quilt top or back, re-applying wavy borders, etc…

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