How do I prepare my quilt top for longarm quilting?
Clip all loose threads on the front and back, so dark threads will not show through light colored fabrics.
Make sure all seams are secure.
Thoroughly press. Ensure that seams lay flat.
Indicate which side is the top.
DO NOT add any embellishments prior to quilting.
What about the back?
The backing must be 8” larger than both the width and length of the top.
Remove the selvages from any seams on the backing, but not from the outside edges.
Accurately square the back.
Thoroughly press. Iron the seams on the back open.
Indicate which edge is the top.
Do not use a sheet for the backing.
Quiltographic has an assortment of 108" wide backing fabric for sale for your convenience.
Do I have to baste the three layers together?
Do not baste, pin, spray or tack any layers. If you have spray basted, I will be unable to quilt your quilt.
what size should i make the batting?
The batting must be 8” larger than both the width and length of the top.
What type of batting should I use?
Different battings are used for different purposes. Ask yourself some questions. Is it a wall or bed quilt? Do you want a high or low loft? Is it a competition quilt? These questions inform your choice of batting. Be thoughtful about your batting choice.
CAN I BUY BATTING FROM QUILTOGRAPHIC?
Yes, I carry Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (80% cotton/20% polyester), Quilter's Dream Select (100% cotton) and Hobbs Tuscany Wool and can order other types, upon request.
may I pick the design or thread type and color?
Yes! The more information you give to your quilter, the happier you will be with the result. Consider theme, designs and patterns for the quilting. Do you like or dislike a particular thread color? Clearly communicate your likes and dislikes.
What is edge-to-edge quilting?
Edge-to-edge quilting is a continuous line design worked from one edge of the quilt to the other, and repeated from the top to bottom of the quilt. The design of the piecing is not used as a guide in the placement of the quilting pattern.