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PREPARING YOUR QUILT FOR QUILTING

1.    Great quilting begins with great piecing.  It is very important to press accurately when you are piecing your top. If your top is not flat it will not quilt flat.  Take special care with borders, the flatter they are the better they quilt.

 

2.    Press your top well, especially the back.  Make sure all seams are pressed flat and are facing the correct direction.  We have all gotten to the end of the piecing, turned the quilt over and there is a “twisted” seam, heading south when it should have been north!  If these twisted seams are not corrected they can interfere with the smooth quilting of the seams and may show after quilting.

 

3.    DO NOT PRESS THE SEAMS OPEN.   Stitching in the ditch will cause the machine needle to cut the threads and will weaken the seam.

 

4.    Please trim off all thread tails.  Once the quilt has been quilted, removing a thread tail is next to impossible.

 

5.    Please stitch around the quilt top as close to the edges as possible.  This helps stabilize the top and makes it easier to load on the machine.

 

6.    Check to see that all the seams are ¼”.  Occasionally the under piece of fabric will slip and cause a narrower seam on the bottom.  I cannot quilt out puckers and to repair seams is a costly venture.

 

7.    Remove the selvage edges from the seam on the backing and press this seam open.

 

8.    Back Art:  I cannot guarantee your back art will be quilted in any specific place.

 

9.    Mark the top edge of your quilt with a safety pin.  If the backing is directional mark it in the same manner with a safety pin.

 

10.  Backing and batting must be at least 4 to 6 inches larger than the quilt top.  I will need to assure the back is square and straight.  The additional fabric gives me room to square up the backing and have plenty of fabric to attach to the machine.

 

11.  When choosing backing fabric keep in mind the color of thread you will want on the top.  Too much contrast in color may be distracting from the design of the quilt.

 

12.  Embellishments must be added after the quilt is quilted.

 I know this seems like a lot of work, it will make all the difference in the world when you see your finished quilt.

 Now we are ready to begin!