Quilt Preparation

These are guidelines to help insure that your quilt will be as beautiful as possible.

A fee may be added for any quilt preparation that has to be done by me.  Your quilt will be quilted in the condition it is received.  It will be as free of pleats, fullness and tucks as the piecing allows.

Quilt Top:

  • Do not pin baste your quilt.
  • Square your top.
  • Press well, secure any loose seams.
  • Indicate if your top and /or backing have a direction and mark the top with a paper pinned to the fabric.
  • Trim any loose threads on your quilt.  They can show under light fabrics and can get caught on the machine.
  • Your top should be free of embellishments, such as buttons, beads, charms, pins, etc.
  • It is a good idea to do a stay stitch around the edge of your top, especially if it is pieced to the edge.
  • Borders should be flat.  If not, this may cause tucks, pleats, or fullness.
  • If you will be shipping your quilt top and backing, fold them neatly and they will ship beautifully.


  • Allow an extra 4-6 inches on ALL sides of the quilt.
  • Trim selvage from seams and press open.
  • Press well.
  • Square your backing.

Batting: ·       

  • Allow an extra 4-6 inches on ALL sides of the quilt.
  • You may purchase your batting from me.

Helpful Hints: ·       

  • 100% cotton is recommended for your backing.
  • Trim the selvage off your fabrics, as they are a different color and texture.