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Quilt Prep

How to Prepare Your Quilt

 

Here is a list of things you can do for a nicer finished product...

  • Press seams flat.
  • Remove all stray threads. Yes, they do show through the front!
  • Make sure the backing is squared up. That means the top and bottom        should be parallel to each other. See diagram below.

 

 

 

  • Save trimming your borders (especially curved ones) for after the quilting process. It's easier to load a straight edge.
  • Remove all interior selvages, including those on the backing. Selvages on the outside edges don't matter since they will be removed prior to binding.
  • Make sure the backing and batting are 4" larger all the way around.
  • Backing seams should run side to side, if possible. Vertical seams are manageable but may create an uneven pull.
  • Pre-wash the backing if you pre-washed the quilt top fabrics. Backing and quilt top laundering history should match. Wash them both, or don't. It's that simple.
  • Batiks should be pre-washed 2-3 times prior to quilting. The weave is very dense and can cause thread breakage during the quilting process. However, the "wide backing" batiks are manufactured with a looser weave so the pre-wash on these isn't necessary for quilting purposes.
  • All 3 layers need to be separate at delivery.

 

 

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