Preparing Your Quilt for Quilting
- Press your quilt top from the front just before bringing/sending it for quilting to make sure all seams are flat. It’s also a great time to check the integrity of all your seams.
- Check the seams along the edges to make sure they are secure.
- Remove loose threads from the top and back of your quilt. Dark threads and frayed strands of fabric left on the quilt may show through lighter fabrics if not removed before quilting.
- Mark the top of your quilt with a safety pin or slip of paper labeled “top”.
- When choosing your quilt back, consider the color thread that you may want used on the top of your quilt. Perfect tension with contrasting threads cannot always be achieved as different battings and fabrics have an effect on tension.100% cotton is generally the preferred fabric for backings. Other fabrics such as Minkee and fleece can be used, but their “stretchy” nature should be a consideration.
- When piecing backs, remove all selvages and use ½ inch seams for stability.
- Piece your backing at least 8” inches longer and 8” wider than your quilt top. (A 50 X 60 quilt top would require a 58 X 68 backing”).
- Please press and square your backing before sending or bringing it to be quilted.
- Mark the top of your backing with a safety pin or slip of paper labeled “top”.