Quilt Preparation

Preparing the quilt top and backing for longarm quilting

Prepare the quilt top

  • Seams must be secure and your threads must be clipped.  Unclipped threads will show through lighter fabrics.
  • Press all seams.
  • Press the quilt top and fold gently to prevent creases.
  • Fullness and/or puckers within the quilt or border cannot be quilted out. We try our best to work in some fullness, but cannot guarantee that puckers and tucks will not be sewn in. The flatter the quilt top lays, the better the finished quilt will look.

Prepare the quilt back

  • The quilt back must be a least 8” wider and longer than the quilt top. To ensure the backing is straight and square, the edges of the backing should be torn rather than cut.
  • Cut off selvages from backing before seaming backing pieces. Seam the backing with a ½” seam allowance and press seam open.
  • Press the backing and fold gently to reduce creases. Do NOT layer top, batting and backing. They are loaded on the quilting machine as separate layers.