Quilt Preparation for Machine Quilting

Quilt Top

Press your quilt top. Make sure all loose threads are removed from the front. Double check your top for seams that are not secure, not sewn, or folded where they are not meant do be. Puckers can occur where there has been an excessive amount of easing to make a piece fit. This may cause an issue where that area may have to be quilted differently or skipped all together to try and avoid puckering.

 

Turn your quilt top over and check the back for loose threads, especially dark threads that need to be trimmed as those can show through light areas on your finished quilt.  If there is a specific top or head of your quilt, please mark it with a piece of paper.  This will ensure that I will quilt it to the best visual prospect.

Backing

Borders

Borders are another area to check prior to delivering your top.  Do your borders lay flat or are they wavy?  Attaching borders correctly to your quilt top is very important for avoiding tucks and puckers that may occur when quilted.  Ideally, borders should be cut length of grain of the fabric to create a structured “frame” for the main body of the quilt.

 

For your borders, if you need to piece your fabric for the correct length, do so at an angle.  This will be less noticeable.  Measure across the center of the quilt from top to bottom then cut strips of fabric for the side borders to this length.  Ease as necessary to accommadoate any differing measurements.  Make sure to ease across the whole length, not just a section, to avoid any folds or puckers.   Press your seams toward the border and square up the ends.  Repeat the process by measuring across the middle from side to side and attaching the top and bottom borders the same way as the sides.

 

Your backing should be 100% cotton.  

Cut your backing and batting at least 8" larger than your quilt top (4“ on all four sides).  If you have had to piece your backing together, remove the salvages on the seams.  Make sure that your backing fabric is squared up and the edges are cut clean.  If folded in half and laid on a flat surface, you should have 90-degree corners with no wrinkles that you would have to smooth out.

 

I can square your backing for you for $10.00. Be sure to allow extra fabric for this.                                               .   


NOTE: The better job you do preparing your quilt top and backing, the better job I can do for you when quilting.Your backing should be 100% cotton.  Cut your backing and batting at least 8" larger than your quilt top (4“ on all four sides).  If you have had to piece your backing together, remove the salvages on the seams.  Make sure that your backing fabric is squared up and the edges are cut clean.  If folded in half and laid on a flat surface, you should have 90-degree corners with no wrinkles that you would have to smooth out. I can square your backing for you for $10.00.  Be sure to allow extra fabric for this.                                   .   

NOTE: The better job you do preparing your quilt top and backing, the better job I can do for you when quilting.

Batting

At this time, I do not carry or supply batting.  Be sure that the batting is large enough, at least 8" larger than the quilt top.  I do not quilt “high loft” batting.  Cotton or poly is up to your needs and preferences.  A good resource of information is on the internet.  Pinterest has many helpful posts that are useful in deciding which batting to use.