Preparing Your Quilt

Please bring top, backing, & batting separately. Don’t pin or baste together.

Quilt Top

1. Be sure all quilt edges are cut straight across on all sides.
2. Clip and remove all loose threads on top of quilt. (Lint rollers work well.)
3. Press top, so seams lie flat. (Lessens the chance of pleats or tucks.)
4. Seams should be about ¼” and well-secured. I can’t be responsible for damage that could occur if seams
open during quilting.
5. Label the top of the quilt (if there is one) with a safety pinned note.
6. Lots of seams on the outside border? Please stay-stitch 1/8” from all edges.

Quilt Back

1. The fewer the seams the better!
2. Be sure it is 8” wider and 8” longer than quilt top. (ie, 60 x 60 quilt top needs the back to be at
least 68 x 68)
3. On straight-grain, not bias. Sheets are not recommended.
4. Must be "squared off" with straight, even edges.
5. Press well to remove creases and ensure that seams lie flat.
6. Leave selvedge on outer edges for stability.
7. We recommend removing selvedge from center back seam only. It is a denser weave and may shrink or
pucker after washing.


1. Batting should be the same size as the backing, not significantly larger or smaller.
2. You may purchase batting from me. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Current Products Offered:
*Heirloom 80/20:  96" wide= 25 cents/running "
*Heirloom 80/20:  108" wide= 30 cents/running "

3. You may provide your own high quality batting. Please call me first to be sure it is suitable. Not Fairfield or
Mountain Mist, please.

Border "First Aid" --Preventing problems is the key!

  • Don't stitch the border on without measuring and pinning thoroughly first.
  • Don't simply sew from one end to the other, then cut off the excess fabric. This often causes full, wavy
    borders, pleats, puckers or puffy/raised areas.

Here's what to do...

1. Measure your quilt lengthwise in two places-- at the top and the bottom.
2. Add those measurements and divide by two to get the average. Cut your border strips that length. Pin both
ends even to the quilt top. Pin again in the center. Continue pinning in the center of each section, easing
gently as necessary.

3. Stitch, using a walking foot if possible.
4. Repeat the procedure with the width. This will give you a "squared" quilt


Helpful Tips to Avoid Extra Charges


SIZE: LARGE ENOUGH: 8” wider & 8” longer than quilt top.
SIZE: NOT OVERSIZED: Not more than 12” wider/longer than the quilt top.
“SQUARED”: Top bottom and sides are cut straight across.
BACK SEAM: Pressed open; seam selvedge removed.
FEW SEAMS: The fewer the better! Pleating can occur. Be sure to have all seams the same direction—across OR vertical.
PRESSED: To remove creases and wrinkles.

SIZE: LARGE ENOUGH: 8” wider & 8” longer than quilt top.
SIZE: NOT OVERSIZED: No larger than backing.
“SQUARED”: Top bottom and sides are cut straight across


“SQUARED”: Top bottom and sides are cut straight across.
PRESSED: Seams are pressed carefully to reduce bulk.
STAY-STITCH: IF outer border has many seams, stay stitch 1/8” from the edges of the entire quilt top to stabilize.

WAVY BORDERS increase chance of pleats. I’ll be happy to show you a trick I learned to prevent this.
“SQUARED”: Top bottom and sides are cut straight across.