Quilt Top Preparation

  • Sharon Hughes Machine Quilting Studio 4_ Summer SolticePress all seams well and the top lays flat.
  • The top should be free of any and all embellishments such as buttons and beads.  (They can be added once it is quilted and returned to you.)
  • Clip all loose threads tails top and back side.
  • A row of stay stitching, applied ¼ inch or less from the edge of the quilt top will prevent stretching and seam pulling apart during the machine quilting process.
  • Mark the top with a safety pin and paper indicating so if there is a preference to the orientation of the top.  Also mark the backing as well and the right side of the backing fabric if there is no seam.  (such as for the wide backing fabrics)
  • Pieced backs should be pieced with a ½” seam pressed open and selvages trimmed off.  Please keep the piecing on the backs to a minimum and on grain.  If the backing is pieced off-grained or biased, there is a potential for the back seam to wave and not lay flat.  Therefore stitching in unwanted folds.
  • Backing should be squared.  This means 90 degree angles.  This is extremely important.
  • Backing should be at least 4 inches larger on ALL sides than the quilt top.
  • Batting should be at least 4 inches larger on ALL sides than the quilt top.
  • Press both backing and quilt top
  • Please do not baste or pin the three layers together.  I load them separately on the quilting frame.
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