Quilt Prep

Following these steps will ensure the best possible quilt job with minimal lumps, puckering, waves and pleats.

During construction of your quilt top:
  • Press all your seams neatly. Pressings seams so they nest at intersections will reduce bulk and will prevent skipped stitches.
  • When adding borders measure your quilt along the middle rather than along the outside. Cut your borders to this measurement. 
Before packing your quilt top:
  • Remove all pins
  • Trim loose threads threads
  • Remove loose threads
  • Press quilt top making sure seams lie flat.
  • Square up quilt top
  • Assemble backing if necessary. Make sure you cut off the selvages when piecing the backing.
  • Square up backing
  • Backing and batting (if sending) should measure 8"bigger than quilt top. 36"x42" quilt top = 44"x 50" backing and batting
  • If your quilt top or backing is directional, pin a note to the top to indicate which side is "up."
  • Do not pin or baste your layers together, that's what I'm here for!
  • Sheets for use as backing are not recommended because of their higher thread count. Vintage sheets are usually ok because they have a lower thread count and are usually "broken in." Send at your own risk.
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