How To Prepare Your Quilt Top For Quilting

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Preparing Your Top for Quilting

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So you have finished the quilt top, now what! 

Here are some great tips to make quilting your top a breeze!
  • No need to baste your quilt together into a sandwich! Yeah! (never was my favourite part)
  • Try to iron out the wrinkles on both your top and backing as best you can.
  • Whenever possible (unless they are on the edges of the backing) please cut off the selvedges. It just makes for a smoother, less bulky quilt if you do.
  • Try to cut as much of the stray threads on the quilt top as possible, especially if your quilt top is a light colour! Those pesky threads will show through once quilted. Not always the look you want to go for!
  • Place a safety pin in the top left-hand corner of both the top and backing fabric. Makes it easy to pick out how to pin the quilt on the frame.
  • Backing fabric and batting should be at least 3 to 4 inches larger all the way around, than the quilt top. I can get away with less on the sides however since the quilt is pinned on both the top and the bottom to the frame I need extra fabric to work with.
  • If your quilt top doesn’t have borders make sure you staystitch all around the top. Nothing worse than trying to bind a top that has seams that have popped open during quilting.

Note: Hey just a quick note here. I will do my best to quilt in any excess fullness from blocks and borders, however, I am not a miracle worker so may not be able to completely get a quilt top flat. I usually can tell upfront though when I am looking at a quilt and will contact you right away if I find anything that needs to be discussed during the quilting process.



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