Quilt Preparation

Yay!  You’ve decided you’d like to have me quilt your quilt.  Here are the things you need to be sure to do before giving me your quilt.

  • Trim all loose threads, frayed seams, and dog ears from your quilt top.  They can show through if you don’t.  Missed threads look like varicose veins on your quilt & nobody likes that!
  • Make sure all of your seams are secure and reinforce if necessary.
  • Make sure your quilt top is square and even.
    • Make sure both sides and middle of your quilt are all the same measurement.
    • Make sure the top, bottom, and middle of your quilt are all the same measurement.
  • Press your quilt top flat and try to avoid any creases after pressing.
  • Make sure your backing is square and a minimum of 4” bigger on each side (8″ minimum in each direction) than your quilt top.  The more spare fabric you leave me along the edges, the smoother I am able to quilt.  8″ per side is what really works the best on my machine and frame to avoid bumping the clamps.  I know that’s a huge amount of excess fabric, but you really do get better results.
  • Press your quilt backing and try to avoid any creases after pressing.
  • Make sure you contact me prior to sending the quilt.

And a few things to think about:

  • If you have pre-washed the fabric used in your quilt top, it is wise to pre-wash your backing fabric.  This will prevent different shrinkages on the top and bottom of your quilt.
  • The more time you spend making sure your quilt is in tip-top shape for quilting, the happier you will be with the outcome.  Spend some time preparing your quilt & you’ll be so thrilled when it comes home and looks amazing!
  • If your quilt top and backing comes to me without batting accompanying it, I will assume that you’d like to purchase batting from me.  To see the types of batting I carry, visit my supplies page.

If you have any questions about how to prepare your project for me or something doesn’t make sense, don’t hesitate to ask!  Email me at: JessToyeQuilts (at) gmail (dot) com

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