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Preparing your quilt for quilting


Quilt Top

  • Careful construction of the top is key to having a flat, smooth, and square quilt after quilting. Please pay special attention when adding borders. For more information on how to do this properly see the following tutorial on Moda's website: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/09/bake-shop-basics-quilt-borders.html
  • Trim threads and fraying fabric on the back of the top, especially when red or dark fabrics are next to white pieces. This will help prevent those darker threads from showing through the lighter fabrics after quilting.
  • If quilt top and/or backing is directional, please mark with a note, attached to the top edge with a safety pin.
  • In order to be loaded properly on a longarm a quilt top should not be attached or basted to the batting and backing in any way. It will be loaded on the machine in 3 separate pieces.

Quilt Backing

  • Please cut your backing fabric at least 4-6" larger than your top on all 4 sides. (Example: quilt top is 50" x 60", backing should be cut to at least 60" x 70")
  • When piecing backing, remove the selvedge edge first and use a 5/8" seam, pressing open to reduce bulk.
  • Use your cutting mat and rulers to square up the backing fabric and make sure the edges are straight and at 90 degrees to the opposite sides.
  • We also have some 108" and 120" wide backing available in the studio for purchase, as well as 90" wide Cuddle fabric

Batting & Thread

  • You may provide your own high quality batting, or purchase Quilters Dream batting through us. Check out https://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/ to see the different types of batting that are available.
  • We provide high quality thread purchased from Superior Threads https://www.superiorthreads.com and from Fil-Tec https://www.fil-tec.com/Quilting that are intended for use at high speeds that are reached on a longarm machine. There will be a charge for thread dependent upon the size of the quilt and the density of quilting, starting at $5 per quilt.