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Quilt top & Backing Delivery

  • Press your quilt top and backing and put them on a hanger.  That is the preferred way to deliver your quilt. Your hanger will be tagged and returned to you with your finished quilt. If your quilt and backing are not pressed and hung - either there will be a pressing charge added OR you can choose to have your quilt quilted exactly as it was delivered.

Backing

  • Fabric Choices:  I recommend 100% cotton for your backing. Knits, painted fabrics and upholstery weight fabrics are not acceptable choices for backing on a longarm machine. I DO NOT quilt on minky.

  • Size:  Quilt backs should be 4" larger on all four sides - than your quilt top.
    If your quilt is 40 inches wide by 40 inches long - your backing would be 48" x 48".

  • Trimmed Size:  When you seam more than one panel together - you need to trim the ends when you are done to make sure they are ALL the same length and width. When you trim - make sure you still have that 8" buffer in tact. See above.

  • Seams:  When sewing your backing fabric together - it's best to use a half inch seam allowance and then iron the seams open. This will make your seams lay flat.

Top

  • Pressing and Squaring:  Your quilt should be evenly pressed.

  • Seam Inspection:  Take a look at your top and make sure that all seams are sewn together. Seams that are not completely sewn together can get caught in the hopping foot and cause damage to the quilt top.

  • Clipping Threads:  Please take the time to snip loose threads from the back of your quilt top. These may show through the lighter colors of your quilt.

  • Mark Directional Fabric:  If you have a directional top OR directional backing, please mark it with a note and safety pin to indicate "TOP".

  • Straight Pins:  PLEASE do not leave straight pins pinned to your quilt top or backing. They could hit the needle and/or not be seen and sewn into the quilt.

  • No Basting:  Do not pin or baste the layers together. Fold each layer separately.

  • Stay Stitch the Outer Edge:  For best results on a pieced border, stay stitch 1/4 inch from the outer edge of your quilt top. This will help keep the edges from stretching or coming apart while being quilted.

  • No Embellishments:  Quilt top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, beads, etc. Those should be added AFTER the top is quilted.