How to Prepare Your Quilt
for Longarm Quilting
Your quilt top will be quilted in the condition it is received.
SQUARING A TOP starts when borders are added to the quilt top. In order
to help assure a square top, borders must be attached properly.

COMPLETED TOP Make sure all seams that meet the edge are secure. For
example, if you have sewn a border on your top, there will be four or more
seams that come right to the edge of the quilt top.  Pieced borders may have
many seams along the edge of the quilt top. The ends of these seams need to
be back-tacked so they will not open when the top is stretched for quilting.

MARK THE TOP EDGE OF YOUR QUILT, if it has one, with a piece of
paper safety pinned to the top edge so that quilting designs are oriented

TRIM ANY LOOSE THREADS Examine your quilt top from the front and
back and cut off any trailing threads. Trailing threads on the under-side of
your top may shadow through light colored areas of your quilt, creating
varicose threads. We do our best to check for these, but once the quilt is
quilted, these misplaced threads are almost impossible to remove.

PRESS YOUR QUILT TOP being sure not to stretch.

THE BACK needs to measure 8" longer and 8" wider than your front. It
should be trimmed and squared before it arrives. If your backing is not
square it will not roll up properly and there will be sags, bags and puckers
that are unavoidable.

Be sure to check both sides of a pieced back for trailing threads that might
shadow through.

Be sure that all selvages have been removed. If they have not, they will
shrink and draw up the backing seam(s) when the quilt is later washed.

PRESS YOUR BACKING being sure not to stretch.
Computerized Longarm Quilting Services
(585) 377-9389
19 Random Knolls Drive, Penfield, NY 14526-1958
Last updated on
January 2, 2014
Copyright 2006-2014 True Creations
Our turnaround time
is approximately
2 to 3  weeks for
all over/edge to
edge quilting.