Preparing Your Quilt

for Machine Quilting



Tops need to be squared, pressed and free of excess threads. Beware of wavy borders! Quilts with wavy borders or other areas that will not lie flat will require additional work. If there’s lots of excess fabric, it won’t simply “quilt out”. Some fullness may be eased in without problems, but too much fullness will result in pleats or tucks.


Your backing needs to be at least 8 inches longer and wider than your top(That’s 4 inches wider on all 4 sides.)  The extra fabric is needed for loading the quilt on the quilting machine.  There are clamps that are attached to the backing to keep it taut and smoothed out. If there are less than 4 inches of backing on any sides, then muslin strips will have to be attached to your backing and there may be extra charges for this. The backing should also be squared, pressed and have the selvedges removed. 


Like the backing, your batting should be at least 8 inches longer and wider than your quilt top. You should choose a good quality batting. We are willing to try anything that comes off of a roll.


If you’re not sure about anything, please give us a call. We’re always happy to talk quilting!