Preparing your Quilt

Preparing your Quilt for Machine Quilting

  1. Do not baste your quilt.
  2. Identify the head of the quilt top and head of the back, if necessary.
  3. The quilt backing and batt should be a minimum of 4 inches wider all the way around.
  4. Measure the centre of the quilt top vertically. Then measure the outside edges vertically. If there is more than a 1 ½ inch difference, it is possible that your top may have tucks when quilted. Do the same measurements horizontally. The most common reason for measurement differences are stretched bias edges and mitered corners that leave fabric on one or both sides of the miter. Too much easement when piecing blocks can result in small tents or puckers, which will cause tucks when the quilt is quilted.
  5. The quilt top should be free of any buttons, charms, pins, etc.
  6. Check quilt top for seam breaks. Old quilts and hand stitched quilts are prone to seam breaks. These can cause tearing of the quilt top when quilting and sometimes the back. Please repair any seam breaks before sending your quilt.
  7. The quilt top and backing should be clipped of loose threads, both front and back, because they can cause snags and uneven stitching. On lighter fabrics, loose threads on the back side of the top will show through.
  8. Top and backing should be pressed with seams pressed open or to one side.
  9. You are probably aware that some quilting patterns carry a copyright. If you want me to use one of these patterns, please purchase the pattern and send it with your quilt. I return them with your completed quilt.

Download the checklist for your convenience here: Preparing your Quilt for Machine Quilting Check List