How to Prepare Your Quilt Top for Quilting Service

QUILT TOP PREPARATION

  1. Finished quilt tops should be neatly pressed upon delivery. If you are shipping it to us, we understand there will be some minor pressing on our part but we cannot accept wrinkled, unpressed or wadded up quilt tops. We do not offer a pressing service so you will be charged $30/hour extra. Therefore, please have your top pressed nice and flat before we receive it. All seams should be pressed nicely. Pressing either to the dark side or in the direction that allows the quilt to lay flat is sufficient. 
  2. Your quilt top should be a perfect square or rectangle. The edges of your quilt top should all line up and have 90 degree corners. If your top is not a perfect square or rectangle, then it will not load onto our frame straight. You’ll also want to make sure the quilt top lays flat when laid out. Waves and wrinkles are extremely frustrating to manage when quilting and can potentially result in unwanted tucks and gathers.
  3. Any seam that meets the edge of the quilt should be backstitched. While it isn’t imperative to backstitch every single seam in your quilt, backstitching the seams that meet the edge of the quilt is important. Otherwise sometimes these seams come apart when the quilt top is loaded and pulled taut on our quilting frame. If you backstitch those edge seams, it ensures that your seams will stay intact throughout the quilting process. 
  4. It is helpful to make sure all applique is applied to the quilt top. You may still do your applique as you choose, just please make sure pieces are not flopping around and hanging off the quilt top.
  5. All stray threads should be clipped. Before you send your top my way, be sure to just do a quick final inspection and make sure any stray threads are clipped both from the front and the backside of the quilt top. This is especially important if your fabrics are white, or light in color as sometimes dark threads will show through, but only after it has been quilted. 
  6. Label “TOP” of your quilt (pin a note to the quilt). The direction might be obvious but let’s be clear as to the top and bottom of your quilt so it is quilted as desired

QUILT BACK PREPARATION

  1. Your backing fabric should be at least 4”-6” larger than your top on all sides. If your quilt top is 50” x 60” then your backing fabric needs to be at least 58” x 68”. The extra fabric is extremely helpful in accounting for any shifting of the quilt top that might occur throughout the quilting process.
  2. Backing should be neatly pressed upon delivery as stated in the Quilt Top section. 
  3. Backing fabric must be a perfect square or rectangle. This is extremely important. If your backing is not square with 90 degree corners, it will never load onto our frame properly.  
  4. Pieced backing seams should run horizontal to the quilts orientation. Basically, when we load your quilt onto our quilt frame, the poles run horizontally. This means that not only will the seam run parallel to the top of your quilt, but parallel to our bars, which just makes our lives easier and minimizes the opportunity for the quilt backing to tuck or pucker, because there are equal amounts of layers loaded along the quilt frame poles.
  5. Avoid a “symmetrical look” if you plan to stylize your backing. We know that it is super fun to create a backing that is just as cute and fun as the front. It is extremely difficult to line up the backing and the front exactly. So please avoid trying to create a backing that requires perfect aligning with the front.  
  6. Label “TOP” of your backing (pin a note to the quilt). As with the quilt top, the direction might be obvious but let’s be clear as to the top and bottom of your backing so it is quilted as desired.

BATTING

  1. Batting is a big part of the quilting sandwich and we hope you choose to buy it from us. No need to pay extra shipping when sending us your quilt top with the added weight and bulk of a batting. We love Quilters Dream Batting. This premium quality, made in the USA quilt batting will provide warmth, drape, volume, definition and support to your quilt through generations. It’s a dream to quilt and we know you will love it! Check out the content options on our online shop. Of course, you are allowed to provide your own batting. Most brands work well but we do reserve the right to reject a batting.

    MISCELLANEOUS 

    1. This is important so I am saying it twice. It is helpful to label the orientation of your quilt top and backing. Labeling which end is the “top” is a great way to ensure that your top and backing will be oriented the way you would like it. We know that most of the time it is obvious, but labeling both the quilt top and backing will eliminate any confusion.

    If you have additional questions please feel free to contact me at 402-910-8085 or info@graceelizabeths.com