Tips for preparing your quilt for excellent results

The back view of one of my completed quilts

The back view of one of my completed quilts

Backing: 

My goal is to have the back of your quilt reflect the quality of the stitches on the top. Preparation is the key to having the longarm stitching process go well for your quilt top.

Please be sure to have the backing 6 inches longer and wider than your top. This allows me to line up your quilt on the frame so that it rolls up evenly and remains square. Also all salvage edges need to be trimmed off. I have learned from experience that these edges cause uneven stretching and quirks in the quilt top. If your quilt top is 60” x 80” then your backing and batting need to be 66” x 86”.

Helpful hints:

If your backing needs to be pieced together for added width or length, shorten your stitch length when sewing these seams. Use a ½” seam allowance and press these seams open to that they will lay flat and not create bulk.  Also trim all threads to avoid them from showing through when the quilt is assembled.

Approximate measurements for quilt Backing:

Twin          63″ x 87″         5 ¼  yards of backing fabric
Double      78″ x 87”          5 ¼ yards of backing fabric
Queen       84” x 92”          7 ¼ yards of backing fabric
King          92” x 100”        8 yards of backing fabric

Quilt Top:

Squaring a top:

Here is a great YouTube tutorial on squaring up a quilt top:

It is very  important for your top to be square. This assists my longarm quilting accuracy and you will have a straight edge as a guideline when you go to trim your quilt and add your binding.

Additional Tips:

  • Mark the top of your quilt with a piece of paper pinned to the top.  This will guide me in positioning the quilting designs.
  • Trim any loose threads.  Threads left untrimmed can peak through the quilt top.
  • When you press your quilt top, just be sure to press and not stretch as you move your iron. You want to keep your blocks in the orientation that you sewed them in.