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Quilt Preparation for Long Arm Quilting

IRONING - Make sure both your quilt and the backing are ironed. The quilt top should lay flat and seams should be pressed neatly on the back with no twists. The direction of the seams is important if you are going to ditch stitch the quilt.

THREADS - Clip as many threads as possible. Dark threads can show through light fabrics.

BORDERS - Make sure your borders lie flat. To achieve this measure across the middle of the quilt, cut the border pieces to this size and add to the sides (more detailed instructions here) If the borders are ‘wavy’ the fullness needs to be taken in during the quilting process and though we try to avoid it small tucks can result.

BACKING - Use a similar weight and quality to the top. Remember the colour thread used on the top will be seen on the backing. Backing needs to be a minimum of 4” bigger than the quilt all the way around the quilt - minimum 8" bigger in total. Using widebacks (about 108” wide) saves you having to join the backing. If you do wish to join fabric for the back, make sure seams are ‘square’ and that it sits flat, remove selvedges and use 1/2” seams. We have a wide selection of widebacks at the shop - $25-$35 per metre.

WADDING - Use the wadding of your choice to suit how the quilt will be used. It needs to be a minimum of 4” bigger than the quilt all the way around the quilt - minimum 8" bigger in total.