PREPARING YOUR QUILT
$50.00 MINIMUM CHARGE FOR ANY QUILTING SERVICE
MULTIPLY QUILT LENGTH (IN INCHES) X QUILT WIDTH (IN INCHES)
TO FIND YOUR TOTAL SQUARE INCHES
The better you prepare your quilt, the better it will be when finished. Please review this page carefully. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. By making sure a few things are taken care of ahead of time you can keep your cost down, reduce the time it takes to get your quilt finished, and most importantly, make sure your quilt is a beautiful finished product.
1. Backing must extend at least 4" beyond quilt top on all sides. This means it must measure 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than your quilt top. This very important because if the back is not big enough we cannot attach your quilt to the machine.
2. Use a good quality cotton quilting fabric or good quality muslin for backing. Please do not use bed sheets for backing. Backing should be pressed with seams open. Make sure backing is cut square.
1. Check your quilt for extra or stretched fabric. This by far the most common problem we see. This often happens when attaching borders, but can occur anywhere in the quilt top. When placed on a firm smooth surface the quilt top should lay flat. If you see any tenting or bubbles these areas may end up with small folds or overlaps when quilted. If there is too much extra fabric, even if we slow the machine down and manually adjust as we quilt, tucks and overlaps may occur.
2. Another common problem are quilt tops being out of square. If you measure your quilt in all directions there should not be more than a 1/4" difference in any direction. Measurements should be taken at both ends and middle of both length and width and across both diagonals (corner to corner). We can make only minor adjustments to length and width of borders and patterns to compensate for out-of-square quilts. Make sure edges are straight
3. Check seams to make sure they are secure and trim off hanging threads. All loose threads should be removed, If your top has no borders, it is recommended to stay-stitch 1/4" in all the way around the edge. This keeps the seams from "popping" and prevents stretching when attaching it to the canvas on the rollers.
4. Your quilt top should be well pressed.
5. Please be sure to test fabric and prewash any fabrics used in used in your quilt top and backing that may bleed.
6. Please make sure your quilt top is free of pet hair, and smoke and odor free.
6. We cannot quilt over any embellishments. Please wait to add these after quilting. If your quilt top has any overlaps or loose fabric it must be must be temporarily tacked down for quilting. And there will be an extra charge for this service.
7. Mark the top of the quilt so we will know which way the quilting pattern should run. If the backing has a top and bottom, please mark that also. (Safety pin a note to indicate the top).
We supply high quality batting at very competive prices. Due to the requirements of long arm quilting we generally only use batting we provide. Any batting you supply must meet our quality and size requirements for longarm quilting.
We use only thread we supply that is designed for machine quilting. We use primarily Fil-Tec Glide threads and keep many popular colors on hand. You may also specify colors, however, if we do not have them in stock it will increase the turnaround time for your quilt. Thread changes, variegated threads and other brands are available at additional cost.