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Guidelines for Preparing Your Quilt Top and Back
For Machine Quilting

The following are my guidelines for preparing your quilt top and back for machine quilting. If you follow these guidelines, we can both have a wonderful experience in quilting your quilt top.

  1. Your quilt top must lie flat on its own - no puckering or flaring. These are piecing issues and cannot be corrected with quilting.

  2. Your quilt top must be free of embellishments. I will not accept quilt tops that have been embellished. This includes buttons, crystals, stuffed animals, baseball cap visors, and anything else that is not cloth or thread. (Yes, I know a fellow quilter who received a top with these things on it!) Wait to add the embellishments until after your top has been quilted. If your top arrives with embellishments, it will be returned to you unquilted.

  3. To prevent your quilt top from pulling apart when it is loaded onto the frame, please backstitch your seams when attaching your final borders or sew a line of stitching around the perimeter of your quilt about 1/8" from the edge. If your final border is pieced, then it is vital that you stitch around the perimeter to keep it from pulling apart.

  4. 100% cotton fabrics are recommended for the backing of your quilt. Sheets are not usually a good choice because they are of a tighter weave and are harder for the machine to work with. Flannel backings are perfectly acceptable (and make for a very cozy quilt!).

  5. Your quilt backing must be fully prepared, with any seam lines backstitched and excess material in the seams removed. Seams should be pressed open to reduce bulk. A ½" seam allowance is recommended to add stability. Your backing must measure at least 8" wider and 8" longer than your quilt top. Backings that are not prepared properly will be subject to an hourly service fee so I can prepare them properly, or your quilt will be returned to you unquilted. I will contact you in this case, so there are no unpleasant surprises.

  6. If you choose to provide your own batting, be sure to choose a size that is at least 6" wider and 6" longer than your quilt top. Look at the measurements on the packaging to be certain that the batting will be big enough. If your batting is not big enough, I will provide my own and add that cost to your final quilting fee, and I will return your batting to you.

 


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