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Quilt Tops
  • Seam Inspection  Please try to check for open seams.

  • Clipping Threads  While I do try to catch unclipped dark threads on the back of your top from showing thru– two sets of eyes are better than one.

  • Straight Pins  PLEASE do not leave pins of ANY kind on either side of your top. They could hit the needle, damage your quilt or accidentally be sewn into your quilt if not caught in time!

  • No Basting  Do not pin, baste or glue your quilt layers together.

  • Stay Stitch the Outer Edge  For best results on a quilt with pieced outer edges - stay stitch 1/4 inch from the outer edge of your quilt top. This will help keep the edges from stretching or coming apart while being quilted.

  • No Embellishments  Quilt top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, beads, etc. Those should be added AFTER the top is quilted.

Backing
  • Fabric Choices:  I recommend 100% cotton for your backing. Knits, stretchy fabric, painted fabric and upholstery weight fabrics are not acceptable choices for backing on a longarm machine. I DO NOT quilt on minky.

  • Size:  Quilt backs should be 4" larger on all four sides - than your quilt top. If your quilt is 40 inches wide by 40 inches long - your backing should measure 48" x 48"

  • Trimmed Size:  When you seam more than one piece of fabric together - take a moment to trim the seamed edges so they are straight and even on all four sides. After trimming –make sure you still have that 4" buffer on all four sides of your quilt. See above.

  • Seams:  When sewing your backing fabric together - use a half inch seam allowance and then iron the seams open. This will make your seams lay flat.

Top
  • Pressing and Squaring:  Your quilt should be evenly pressed.

  • Seam Inspection:  Take a look at your top and make sure that all seams are sewn together. Seams that are not completely sewn together can get caught in the hopping foot and cause damage to the quilt top.

  • Clipping Threads:  Please take the time to snip loose threads from the back of your quilt top. These may show through the lighter colors of your quilt.

  • Mark Directional Fabric:  If you have a directional top OR directional backing, please mark it with a note and safety pin to indicate "TOP".

  • Straight Pins:  PLEASE do not leave straight pins pinned to your quilt top or backing. They could hit the needle and/or not be seen and sewn into the quilt.

  • No Basting:  Do not pin or baste the layers together. Fold each layer separately.

  • Stay Stitch the Outer Edge:  For best results on a pieced border, stay stitch 1/4 inch from the outer edge of your quilt top. This will help keep the edges from stretching or coming apart while being quilted.

  • No Embellishments:  Quilt top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, beads, etc. Those should be added AFTER the top is quilted.