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Preparing the Top

Quilt Preparation


Preparing the Backing

  • Check your seams. Make sure they are all closed and secure.

  • Trim stray threads from the front and back of the quilt top. They can show through the top.

  • If you have no borders on your quilt, stay-stitch the edge 1/8th of an inch in from the edge all the way around the quilt. This will prevent the seams on the edge from opening under tension.

  • Press well. Make bulky intersections as flat as possible. (I have had great results using a tailor's clapper for this purpose.)

  • Make sure that your backing is at least 8 inches wider and longer than your quilt top.

    • Consider giving me a little bit more in the width. I can use it for testing tension after each bobbin change.​

  • If piecing your backing, use a 5/8 inch seam, and press the seam open.

  • Leave NO selvedge in your backing.

  • Square up the backing.

Preparing the Batting - if you choose to provide it

  • I prefer to use Quilter's Dream or Hobbs in my machine.

  • Make sure that your batting is at least 8 inches wider and longer than your quilt top. 

  • If your batting came in a package, open it up the day before bringing it to me. Lay it over a table to allow the wrinkles to fall out of it, or spritz it lightly with a wrinkle-release product and place it in the dryer for a few minutes to air fluff.

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