Preparing Your Quilt Top & Backing*- Checklist

Be sure your borders are flat and fit properly. Wavy borders need to be corrected. There is a right and wrong way to attaching borders. Puckers and tucks cannot be quilted out. See my favorite links to learn how to apply borders. I do offer the service of adding your borders for you.

Look over and repair any popped seams. Any gaps in seams could result in your quilt top tearing during quilting.

If your top is pieced to the edge or the border is heavily pieced, stay stitch 1/4" around all edges to secure the seams. Be sure the seams are stay stitched in the correct pressing direction.

Check to see that all seams are pressed in the desired directions. This is especially important if you request stitch in the ditch quilting. Avoid bulky intersections. Thorough pressing can really make a difference in the final product.

Trim all threads and remove stray threads from underneath as they may show through light fabric.

Note: No buttons, pins or embellishments. These items could get caught up in the hopping foot and result in your quilt top tearing. Please wait until the quilt is finished to embellish.

If your top and or backing have a direction, please identify the head of the quilt top with a safety pin. Do the same for the back if necessary.

Square your quilt top. If your top is scalloped or has contoured corners, baste a piece of muslin across the edge to make it square. Suggestion: Wait to cut scalloped edge after quilt is quilted. Mark scallop line clearly to know where to quilt. See my favorite links to learn how to properly square your quilt.

Backing should be preshrunk, unless you want the antique look after washing. Please leave the selvages on the outer edges of the backing fabric. The backing and batting both need to be 6 to 8" longer and wider than the measurement of the quilt top. For extra large quilts or double layered quilts, allow 8 to 10" in both directions. I offer a nice variety of popular quality battings You may supply your own.

Note: Bed sheets are not recommended for backing. For custom quilting, use a busy backing fabric that will compliment the quilt top and blend with the variety of thread colors chosen for the top.

Do not pin, layer or baste the quilt together. Fold the top, backing and batting (if supplying your own) separately.

Prepare and include binding if I am attaching it for you.

Prepare and include fabric for the hanging sleeve if I am attaching it for you. Click on the highlighted words above, or Judy's Links to successfully do-it-yourself. Share these how to's with quilting friends. These guidelines will not only enhance the appearance of your quilt, but make your piecing and quilting more enjoyable.

* I do offer the service of handling ony of these preparations for you. See Extra Charges/ Other Services. Specify on the order form what you want me to do. If I find it necessary to provide these extra services because preparations have been overlooked, I will confirm the fees with you before any work is started.

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