Preparing Your Quilt

Before you send your quilt, we would like to offer a few pointers to help you prepare your quilts so that we are best able to quilt successfully.

When you are ready to send your quilt, please print out and complete the form below and send it with your quilt.

ShQ Order Form and Packing Slip

Preparing the Quilt Top

  • Quilt top should be pressed with all seams ironed flat. Clip all stray threads to avoid anything showing through on the top after it is quilted.
  • If your quilt top or backing is directional, place a safety pin at the center top of both for reference. This could be important information when mounting on the quilt frame.
  • The top should be free of any embellishments such as buttons or beads for Edge to Edge (allover) quilting.
  • Keep top, batting and backing separate, as these layers are loaded on the machine separately.

Preparing the Quilt Backing

  • The backing and batting should be 12 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the quilt top. For example, if your quilt is 50″ x 50″, you backing should measure 62″ x 62″.
  • Remove all selvages and use a ½” seam when piecing the backing. Backing must be square to ensure your quilt isn’t distorted after quilting.
  • Pressing the backing seam open is preferred and ensures no extra lumps.
  • Bed sheets are not suitable backings and can cause skipped stitches.

Helpful Border Hints

  • Please measure your borders first and cut strips to the measurements before sewing. Do not sew long strips and then cut off the ends. Too much fullness in the borders will result in wavy borders. Excess fabric may create pleats that cannot be “quilted out”.
  • There are several ways to measure your borders, but most importantly your quilt should be flat on the floor or a large table. ” Use a metal tape measure (roll up tapes don’t always lay flat so your measurement is not accurate) and be sure the quilt lays flat on the floor so you can smooth out the quilt and make an exact measurement for each border.
  • Measure you top in three places: top, middle and bottom. If your measurements are not the same, you can take the average of these measurements. Pin the borders on starting at the middle, working toward the ends, so that when sewing the fabric will ease in equally. For a smaller quilt, a second option is to lay your border fabric on the edge of the quilt, smoothing both the top and border together. In essence, your border fabric is acting like your measuring tape. Pin without stretching.
  • When cutting the length for the border, draw a line using a small ruler and chalk marker, then take this away from the quilt and cut on a table to ensure a straight cut.