Preparing your quilt for a long arm quilter
Keep your quilt top and backing separate. Do not baste together. Each piece is rolled separately onto the quilting machine.
Backing- Please make your backing 6-8 inches wider than your top. Backing should be squared up and edges straight. Do not leave selvages in the pieced seams of your backing. Selvages are a tighter weave than the rest of the fabric and will cause puckers in the back around the seam. The backing plays a very important role when loading your quilt on a longarm frame. A flat and square backing creates a nice foundation for the quilting and the result is a nice flat quilt that will hang beautifully.
Top- Top must be square and lay flat, trim loose threads, stay stitch 1/8” around your edges if they are pieced so that the seams are not pulled apart when it is rolled onto the long arm machine.
Borders- It is very important to have your borders properly squared. When they are not squared and all wonky it becomes very challenging to load the quilt on the long arm machine and you could end up with tucks sewn into your quilt.
- Determine the length of the quilt border by measuring your quilt body in 3 places (not right along the edges- go 2 to 3 inches in from the edge). Average the 3 measurements to get the border length.
- Cut two borders that length and pin them to opposite sides of the quilt. Match the ends and centers, then gently ease in any fullness.
- Pin, sew and press.
- Repeat for the top and bottom borders measuring the width in three places and averaging to get your border length.