How to Prepare Your Quilt
Trim any loose threads
·Dark colored threads on the underside of the quilt top can show through a light
background fabric, and once it is quilted it is impossible to remove
Press Your Quilt Top:
·If using light and dark fabrics try to press seams towards dark fabrics so they don’t
show through the top
·If multiple seams come together in one place, try to press them flat, or “fan them out” so
they don’t create a bump
Squaring Your Quilt Top:
·allthe sides are straight so the quilt will lie flat
·your borders are straight and don’t “bow” out or in
Your Quilt Backing:
·The size of your backing should be at least 6” wider and longer than your quilt top (3”
larger on all sides).
If the quilt top is 70” x 90” then the backing should be at least 76” x 96”
Why the extra fabric??
·You need enough fabric on top and bottom to pin the backing onto the Backing
and Pickup rolls.
·The additional width of the backing fabric provides sufficient space to attach
clamps to the backing and batting.
are used to help keep the center of the batting and backing from sagging during
the quilting process.
If the Backing is pieced
·Cut off the selvage edge!!
·Use ½” seam
·Press the seam(s)
Square Up the Backing Fabric
·When the quilt is put on the machine, the backing fabric is pinned to the rollers at the
top and bottom of the quilt.
·If the backing isn’t square/straight, the quilt will pull unevenly through the rollers
on the machine.
·**Make sure it is straight and at a 90 degree angle