Trim all the loose threads from
the seams on the quilt top and backing. They may show under light
fabrics and could cause snags or uneven quilting.
Identify the top and bottom of
the quilt if applicable.
If you have a pieced border,
stay stitch 1/8 around all edges to prevent seams pulling apart
while being quilted.
Press your quilt top and backing
well. Quilt top seams should be pressed to the side, and the
backing should be pressed with the seams open. When preparing
your backing, remove the selvedge edge from all sewn seams.
For best results, square up the
quilt top and backing. All four sides should be straight for your
quilt to be quilted evenly.
Borders that do not lay flat may
cause tucks, pleats or fullness.
When preparing your backing
fabric, allow an extra 4 to 6 inches beyond all sides of the quilt
top. 100% cotton fabric is recommend, and please do not use bed
sheets. Their dense nature can prevent proper needle penetration,
causing skipped stitches.
Do not spray, baste or pin
together the quilt top and backing.
Quilt top should be free of all
embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, couching,
etc. Please wait to add these after quilting.