1. How should I prepare the quilt top?
Preparing your quilt top is easy! Clip all loose threads from the back. Press seams flat (open or to one side). Reinforce stitching around the perimeter of the quilt top so seams do not open up as the quilt is handled.2. How should I prepare the backing fabric?
3. How large does the batting and backing need to be?
- The backing fabric is the foundation of your quilt. Choose quality fabric! We have over 40 different backing fabrics!
- Seams should run horizontal or vertical. It's popular for quilters to piece designer backings however this may cause puckering so please allow us to discuss this when you are planning your quilt.
- Press your backing fabric. For very stubborn creases such as fold lines, mist with water and press with a hot iron.
- Remove the selvage edges on the interior part of the backing. It is fine to leave the selvages on the outside edge because it's a straight edge and that makes loading your quilt easier. You will love having a straight edge to attach your zippers.
- Shorten your stitch length and press seams open.
Your batting and backing should be at least 4-6 inches larger on all sides. Fold your backing in quarters, lay on a flat surface, next layer the batting and finally your top. If you have a least 4 inches (6 is even better) showing around the quilt top, you are good to go! Do not pin these layers together, it is to check sizes only!4. What are my batting choices?
We carry Quilter's Dream Batting in Cotton, Poly, Wool and others. We also carry Warm Co. products. 5. May I bring my own thread?
You are welcome to bring your thread if you have a favorite color and wish that color be used on your quilt. Audition thread to see what looks best. We have the finest thread available (Superior and Fil-Tec) and it is designed for our application. 6. How much will it cost for me to quilt my quilt?
It really depends on the type and density that you choose for the quilt. If you choose a dense design it will take longer but that may be what the quilt needs. If you are unsure how to proceed, call and schedule a consultation. We are happy to help!7. What other costs should I be aware of?
We provide top thread and you provide the bobbin at a fee of $1.25 per bobbin. A baby quilt usually takes 1 bobbin and a king could take as many as 5 or more. Again the density of the quilting determines the thread cost.
Design boards and pantographs incur a fee per use. If you return several times to finish a quilt and use a design board or pantograph, you are charged a $5.00 rental fee. If you quilt 3 quilts on the same day and use the same board, it's only $5.00
Wear comfortable shoes, hydrate and take breaks. Only you know your limits, be smart! We use zippers so no one has to extend themselves too far!
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