The better your quilt top is prepared for our Quilting Service, the better the finished result will be, so it’s worth spending a bit of time checking the following.

Preparing the quilt top

  • Make sure the quilt top is nice and flat. Any extra fullness in the borders or in the body of the quilt cannot be quilted out so small tucks have to be made to take up the surplus fabric – see our resource page on sewing tips for a perfectly flat quilt top for help.
  • Trim all loose threads. This is particularly important when you have a light coloured top as dark threads left on the underside can show through lighter fabrics.
  • Press the quilt top and fold carefully. Make sure the seam allowances are lying flat and pressed in the direction you want them to go. This is especially important if you are planning to have some seams quilted in-the-ditch.

Preparing the backing and wadding

Check the size of the quilt backing and wadding make sure that they are both at least 4” bigger than the top on all sides.

For wide width fabric backing, trim all sides of the backing fabric straight, making sure the corners are square (even if the quilt top has shaped edges).

If your backing is pieced from standard width fabrics you will need to:

  • Allow extra fabric if you need to match patterns
  • Check whether the design is directional before deciding where to place the seams
  • Remove the selvages and allow a ½” seam allowance
  • Secure the ends of the seams, eg, backstitch for a few stitches
  • Press the seams open
  • Trim the sides to straighten and square the corners

Please note that there will be an extra charge for any added work that we do such as joining backings, pattern matching, removing tacking, etc.

Sometimes it is nice to use left over pieces of fabric from the quilt top to make a pieced backing for your quilt – these pieces could be assorted sizes, left over blocks, etc. If you decide to make a backing in this way, you will need to:

  • Press seams open
  • Avoid bulky seams if you are incorporating pieced blocks
  • Trim the sides to straighten and square the corners
  • Make sure the ends of the seams are secure (if there are a lot of seams coming to the edge of the backing, it is a good idea to stay-stitch all round the quilt)

Things to avoid

Please do not:

  • Baste or pin layers together as we load each layer separately onto rollers
  • Use polyester fabric or sheets for backing
  • Embellish with beads or buttons before quilting – they may cause needles to break and this can result in tears in the fabric. (You can of course add beads and buttons after the quilt has been quilted.)