Preparing Your Quilt Top for Longarm Quilting

 


Backing

  • Backing must be at least 4"  larger on each side than the quilt top.  For example, a 60" x 70" top would have a backing that is at least 68" x 78".  (The additional backing fabric is needed to attach the backing to canvas leaders on the longarm frame.)
  • If seaming your backing, you can help ensure your seam is strong by shortening your stitch length and using a 1" seam width.  For best results, remove all selvedges  because they may shrink at a different rate and cause puckering.  

Piecing

  • Press your entire quilt top and ensure all seams lay as flat as possible to avoid tucks and wrinkles in the quilting.
  •  Clip all loose/long thread tails on the front and back of the quilt top.  (Dark threads may shadow under lighter fabrics.)
  • Make sure all seams are secure.    

Batting

  • For your convenience, we stock the following types of batting:
    1. Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton blend batting (unbleached, bleached and black) $0.25 per square inch.
    2. Hobbs Heirloom Washable Wool (available by request)

  • You may purchase our batting by the inch so that you pay for only what you need.  
  • If you are mailing your quilt top, purchasing our batting will save you time, money and postage costs.
  • If you prefer, you may provide your own batting by sending it along with your quilt top(s) and backing fabric.  If you choose to supply the batting, make sure it is at least 4" larger on all sides than your quilt top.

Threads

  • We use Superior Threads Bottom Line 60 wt.  thread, which is available in 55 colors.
  • We also use Glide Thread, a 40 wt. trilobal polyester, which is available in over 250 colors.  
  • What is the difference between Bottom Line and Glide?  Bottom Line is a strong, fine thread that blends into the fabric.  Glide is thicker and has a sheen, making the thread more noticeable.  
  • If you have a preference of thread color, please let us know!  
  • If you do not state a color preference, we generally choose a color that matches or blends in with the top of your quilt for both your top and bobbin thread.  

Quilting Designs

  • Under the "Designs" tab there are links to websites showing hundreds of computerized designs to choose from.
  • If you prefer hand-guided and/or custom quilting, we are happy to discuss your options!  We schedule consultations for each and every quilt top we work on to ensure we deliver exactly what you want.  If you are unable to meet in person, we are happy to discuss your quilting choices by phone and/or email to ensure accuracy in the design, price, and return date.
  • If you see a computerized design somewhere on the Internet that is not yet in our catalog, let us know and we can obtain it for you.  We are constantly adding new designs for you to choose from!  
  • Custom quilting options are limitless.  If it can be drawn, we can quilt it!
  • Personalize it - we can add words and/or numbers to the quilting to reflect baby names, wedding dates, etc.  A budget-conscious alternative  is a custom quilt label. This can be placed anywhere on your quilt and can reflect the name of the quilter, recipient of the quilt, date, special occasion, or a special message saying anything you want!