Preparing your top for quilting

Quilt Top – Please press your quilt top before you bring it to our meeting.

Batting – Please bring your own batting.  There are some brands that work better for longarm machines than others; I recommend Quilter’s Dream or Hobbs batting.  Please ask me about specific products.  Your batting will need to be 4” wider on all four sides than your top, so if your top is 80” by 80”, your batting needs to be 88” by 88”.

Thread – Thread is included in the quilting estimate.  I prefer to use Fil-Tec’s Glide or Superior’s Omni for edge-to-edge designs; both are 40-weight polyester threads that are very well-tested.

Backing – I recommend either wide back fabric (in most cases, this means no piecing for you!) or pieced quilting cotton for backing your quilt.  If you need to piece your backing, please remove the selvages first, then sew the pieces together with a 5/8” seam allowance and press the seams open.  Your backing will also need to be 4” wider on all four sides than your top, so if your top is 80” by 80”, your batting needs to be 88” by 88”.

“Reversible quilts” or heavily-pieced backing – I will do my absolute best to center your quilt on a pieced backing (that is, a backing with blocks, inserts, labels, etc.) but cannot guarantee that it will be perfect.  We will discuss exactly what you envision in terms of placement at our meeting.