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These simple, proven steps help ensure great results. If you have questions about preparing your quilt top or quilt back, please contact us.

Preparing Your Quilt Top

Make sure your quilt top lays flat. If the top is flared or has extra fullness there may be some puckering or tucks in the finished quilt. Every effort will be made to choose a pattern that will disguise the problem.

Iron your quilt top. Turn your quilt top over and make sure the seams lie flat and are pressed in opposite directions so as to minimize thick seam junctures. Iron...iron...iron!

Is the quilt top square? Measure the center of the vertically. Then measure the outside edges vertically. If there is more the ½ inch difference, it is possible that your quilt will have tucks when quilted. Do the same measurements horizontally.

Check quilt top for loose threads. Make sure there are no dark threads showing through lighter fabrics. If these threads are not trimmed, they will end up being quilted and they will permanently show through on the front.

Use a small stitch when piecing. When a quilt is loaded onto the quilting machine frame, it is stretched to assure no tucks appear on the quilt bottom and that the stitching is even on the top. Therefore, stress is placed on seams. To prevent seams from separating during the quilting process, use a small stitch when piecing.

Mark the top of your quilt!

Do not baste or layer your quilt.

Avoid "pokies". To avoid "pokies", we recommend that you request the same color thread on the top and bottom.

Preparing Your Quilt Back

Select 100% cotton for your backing fabric. Poly/cotton & 100% polyesters stretch differently than cotton and can cause tucks and puckering during the quilting process. Polyester fabrics tend to also cause "bearding" or migrating of the batting fibers to the surface of the quilt.

Avoid the use of high thread count sheets or sheeting for backing. This type of sheet, especially a new one, causes poor tension and constant thread breakage for the quilter. When you must use a sheet, prewash the sheet (ideally several times) to soften it. Avoid thin sheets, which will not hold up over time.

Select a backing fabric that complements the quilt top. Remember the investment in time and money that you have in the top you've pieced. Don't cut corners on the backing. When choosing a backing fabric, also consider the thread color that will be used for your quilting. Printed fabrics are often the perfect choice for backing. I've had great success choosing one of the fabrics used in piecing the top for my backing.

Remove selvages from seams. Sew with a 5/8" seam allowance using a walking foot at 12 stitches per inch. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Press seams open or to one side.

Please cut your backing a minimum of 4" larger than your quilt top on all sides. Cut the backing as square (90 degree corners) as possible. Make sure that all edges are straight.

Mark the top. If applicable, mark the top of the backing fabric quilt .

Iron the backing . Backing seams should be pressed open. It is just as important to take the time to iron the backing, as it is the top.

Avoid wrinkles. Fold the backing carefully to minimize wrinkles.

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