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.