Quilt Preparation

Are you ready to get your project professionally quilted? Before you bring your quilt over, please follow the guidelines below. This will pay off, as you will be happier with the end result.

Do not “sandwich” your quilt!

Quilt top should be pressed and free of loose threads. If your quilt top has a pieced border, I recommend stitching all around the quilt top at 1/8″ to the edge to prevent seams from being undone during the quilting process.

Backing must be at least 4″ larger than your top on each of 4 sides. For example, if your quilt top is 60″ x 80″, your backing must be at least 68″ x 88″. Your backing must be pressed and squared (i.e. all edges must be trimmed equally with 90 degree corners). I can help you with the backing preparation if you should require any assistance. A $25 fee would apply.


If you prefer to piece your backing, please, follow these steps:

  • Remove all selvages
  • Sew the sections together using a 1/2” seam allowance
  • Press all seam allowances to one side, not open. This will strengthen the seam
  • Create a backing that is a total of 8 inches larger than the quilt top.
  • Do not forget to square up the backing.

If your backing is less than 4″ and more than 2″ on each side, but you still want to use it – I can attach my own scrap strips which will allow me to load the quilt on the machine. After the quilting is done, I will remove these strips. This will not leave any visible remnants or signs of the strips ever being attached to the quilt. There is $25 fee for this service. All fabric and batting excess will be returned to you.

Batting must be the same size as backing. If you provide your own batting, open it and let it relax before bring it to me. You may want to place it in a dryer with a damp cloth to eliminate the wrinkles or flattened areas.

High quality Quilters Dream batting is available upon request (cotton 100% Select, 80/20 or wool) at an affordable price. I will be glad to help you choose the right one.