To Prepare your Quilt Top:
- Backing material needs to be 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than your quilt top. You can sew muslin to the sides if you like, keep in mind that the backing is centered to your quilt top and I can not guarantee that this will not be included. I do return all fabric and batting sent to me. It is important to have enough fabric so that I can square your backing material and have fabric for the leaders to hold the sides stable during quilting.
- If piecing your backing material I recommend that you have the seam down the length of the quilt top. This allows me to load the backing where I am rolling with the grain of the fabric thus causing less shrinkage. This is not required but I do find that the results are much better.
- I do not recommend that you open the seams either on the quilt top or on the backing material, This weakens your seams and could come apart over time. For best results iron all seams flat to one side. I use a serge to finish my seams on backing material. Please remove all salvages on the seam and on the sides.
I do have 108" Wide Backing Material for purchase if you like.
- You can always send your own backing fabric. If you piece your backing fabric make sure the straight of grain is all going in the correct and same direction.
- Other than light pressing your quilts are done in the condition that I receive them in so for best results I recommend that you clip all loose threads and press your quilt top and lining material with seams laying flat.
What you can expect from me as your long arm quilter:
- I do lightly press your backing and quilt top before loading on the machine. I find that often just sitting and waiting that a few creases will appear so I want to press those out.
- I load your backing fabric so I rolling with the grain of the fabric, I find that there is less chance of puckers on the larger size quilts and this causes less shrinkage in the quilt itself.
- I baste the top of the quilt to a straight line at the top and center the quilt to this. I will sew straight lines down each side and baste as I go. This keeps your quilt 99% Square, If it was not square when you sent it to me chances are it will be when you get it back. I am able to quilt in some excess fabric depending on the type of quilting, however if you have very wavy borders this is when I will see it and unless I am able to quilt this in, or steam this in I will have to take tucks in the quilt to take up the excess fabric or we can remove the borders and sewn back on properly before quilting.
- You will have excess batting around all 4 sides of your quilt so if you like to do your binding using this excess you will be able to. I personally trim mine off and bind right to the quilt but I know others who like to use about 1/2 of extra batting width. I do not trim quilts unless asked on the order form.
- I get many comments on how nice and flat the quilt lays after I have quilted it, I take great care in making sure I am keeping and/or getting the quilt square.
- I seldom trim any backing or batting off unless you have given me so much extra that I can not work with it without trimming. I will return all fabric and batting to you that is not used. Normally this will still be attached to the quilt for you to trim off as you like.
- I try to keep my basting within the 1/4 seam allowance so it will be hiden when you bind the quilt but you may find it necessary to clip a few threads here and there.
- I do secure all my stitches and clip all threads so you should have a nice clean quilt to bind and enjoy.
- I use a 40 wt thread that is an embroidery thread to give more distinction to the quilting. A finer thread is used for stitch in the ditch so you will not see the thread where you don't want to see it. I also match the bobbin thread to the top thread color so if I change thread color's you will have this on the back side also.
- You are welcome to ship quilts to me and you will find an order form to print out Order Form also at the bottom of the page Quilting prices, it is in PDF format and I do ask that you complete the form with all your information and the quilt information. If you are sending more than one quilt you can fill out only the quilt information on the other forms. If you are not sure of what pattern you want please give me a few that you like and I will be happy to help select a pattern that will look good on your quilt. It can get overwhelming choosing from the hundreds of patterns available. See Edge to Edge Patterns tab. Edge to Edge Quilting Patterns
My goal is to enhance your quilt with my quilting process so I take great care in the process. If I do not like something that I have attempted I will take out the stitches and start over again. This is not something that I have to do often but I sometimes just do not like the effect so I remove it.
I hope that you will let me add beauty and value to your quilt.