1. Keep all 3 layers seperate.
2. The backing fabric should be at least 3"+ larger on all sides, this is a must to attach the quilt to the bars of the longarm machine. If possible try to make the stretch of the fabric go horizontal. Batting should be 2"+ larger on all sides. Minky or Plush backing needs to be 4" larger on all sides.
(Note: You can keep oversized fabric backing and batting in one piece to be trimmed after)
3. Both top and backing should be carefully pressed and all loose threads should be clipped. This is really important and can make a big difference in the final look of the quilt. Keep in mind loose threads and animal hair can show through lighter fabrics.
4. Mark the top of the quilt with a safety pin, if applicable
5. If you have pieced borders, please stabalize the edges by stitching 1/8" from the edge. This will ensure that the pieced seams do not pull apart during quilting.
6. You are welcome to bring your own new batting. We have 100% unbleached cotton, 100% bleached cotton, 80/20 cotton/poly, 100% polyester, and 50/50 cotton/bamboo. Prices range from $10 -$15 meter. I do not pre-wash batting. There will be a 5% shrinkage on the 100% cotton, which will give you the antique look once washed. If you would like to avoid this you must pre-treat your batting. Some battings with dark flecks in them can show through on lighter fabrics.
7. If you piece your backing make sure to trim the selvages off as they shrink unevenly when you wash the quilt, and create a puckered line. Use a ½” seam allowance and press the seam open.
Keep in Mind...
- Quilt tops should lay flat and be square to avoid puckering when quilted. I will do my best to blend tucks, puckers and stretched areas. I use techniques like steaming and starching. Occasionally I need to make folds in wavy borders so they lay flat (I try to do this at existing seams).
Excess fabric in borders can result in puckering. Fullness and puckers pieced into the quilt top cannot necessarily be quilted out. I will do my best, but tops with fullness and puckers may still have them after quilting is completed.
- Let me know if it will be okay to quilt on your applique or embroidery. Heavy applique can not be stitched through
- Let me know if you want me to centre the quilt top to seams in backing fabric, or off centre to get the most selvage fabric
- Batik Fabric isn't always the best choice for backing. The tight weave sometimes causes punchholes and bad tension on the back of your quilt.
- I top stitch t-shirt memory quilts on a case by case basis.