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Quilt Preparation

A quick guide to preparing your quilt for my quilting services

First: The most helpful hint I have ever heard for ensuring that a quilt will ‘quilt out’ beautifully is to attach borders, if any, as follows:

a. Measure your quilt (before borders) vertically through the center for the side borders. Cut two border lengths to this measurement, marking centers and quarters. Mark the quilt sides at center and quarters and fit borders to quilt, pinning in the center, quarters, and corners, placing additional pins evenly and sewing slowly. You’ll need more pins the wavier the fabric is. Sometimes the center is longer than one or both outside edge(s), in which case the border fabric will need more easing; sometimes the opposite is true, and the quilt side will need more easing.

b. Measure your quilt (after side borders) horizontally through the center. Measure two border lengths to that measurement and proceed as above for top and bottom borders.


I can’t tell you the number of times this method has resulted in a much more satisfying result!! If you have any questions about this method at all, give me a call.

Second: For longarm quilting your quilt will be loaded on three separate rollers. Please leave the top, batting, and backing fabrics separate, without pins or basting. Remove any embellishments.


Third: All seams should be pressed in the direction you want them to be when laid out on the batting. Check to be sure the quilt is as square as possible, and that all seams are secure with no holes or incomplete seams.  Unpressed seams will give a lumpy quilt.


Fourth: Clip all threads and remove pet fur/hair (so they don’t get included in the quilting!!)


Fifth: Backing: Because the rollers of the machine take up extra fabric, backing needs to be 4” larger on all 4 sides than the quilt top. (For example, if your top is 50” x 60” your backing should be 58” x 68”.)


Sixth: Batting (if you are providing your own): needs to be 7” larger in each direction than the quilt top. (For the 50” x 60” quilt above, the batting would be cut 57” x 67”.)

Still have questions?

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