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Patches-n-Petticoats
Long-Arm Quilting Studio

Getting Your Quilt Top Ready

When Preparing Your Quilt Top for Machine Quilting:

  • If possible, include a photo or drawing of the type of quilting you would like done
  • Your quilt should NOT be basted or pinned. You should send it to me in separate pieces. There will be an additional charge if I need to unpin or unbaste your quilt.
  • Please clip all threads. Stray threads may show through lighter fabrics.
  • Backing AND batting MUST BE at least 8 inches larger than the quilt top. If your quilt top measures 60" x 60", your batting AND backing MUST BE at least 68" x 68". If your backing and batting are more than 8 inches larger, that's perfectly OK. Don't try to trim it to exactly 8 inches.
  • Backing should be squared up. There may be an additional charge if I do this. How do you square it up? Fold it and trim all sides as if you were trimming a strip off of it to square up a piece of fabric prior to cutting strips for sewing. Measure it AFTER you've done this and make sure it is 8 inches larger for quilting.
  • Your quilt top and backing should be pressed. I will do touch-up pressing before I put it on the machine. However, there may be an additional charge for pressing if you've not pressed it since you began sewing it. You know what I mean!
  • BE AWARE! Fullness or puckers CANNOT be "quilted out". Lay it out on your floor. The smoother it lays, the better it will be when it's returned to you. Sorry, but I can't guarantee that there won't be any puckers or tucks if it doesn't lay flat in the first place.
  • Please don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions you may have. I will spend quality time with you and remember, the time I spend with you will be well worth it and IT's FREE!