You will need to provide your quilt top and backing fabric. I will provide the batting and thread as described below.
Do NOT baste or pin the layers together. This will be done as part of my initial set up onto the quilting machine.
Your backing fabric should be cut 6-8 inches longer AND wider than the quilt top. For example our 90×106” quilt top should be accompanied by a backing that is 96” x 112”. It is okay if the backing is a few inches larger than this, but it should not be any smaller. I will return any excess fabric to you with your completed quilt.
If you prewashed the fabrics in your quilt top, then you should prewash the backing fabric. Please press out the wrinkles and fold neatly.
If your backing requires a seam, please remove the selvage edges, sew together using a ½” seam allowance, and press open. If possible, the seam should run vertically along the length of the quilt.
Trim any loose threads from the quilt top and backing. Dark threads showing through lighter colored fabrics will detract from the look of the quilt.
Press seams nice and flat so that your quilt has a smooth appearance. This is especially important if you’d like stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
If you will be adding embellishments to your quilt, such as buttons or charms, please add them after the quilting has been completed. I cannot guarantee that the embellishments will not be damaged in the quilting process, and in extreme cases, the embellishments could interfere when advancing the quilt on my machine.
It is very helpful to know the intended use of the quilt. Quilts that will be washed repeatedly will need a different approach than would a quilt that is meant to hang on a wall.
If you have ideas for quilting motifs, I would like to know. After all, this is your quilt, and you should get what you want.
I am an artist, and I will apply all of my skills to fulfill your quilt’s destiny. I know first hand, how much time and effort you have already invested in the quilt top, and it deserves wonderfully appropriate quilting.
I intend to meet the date that I have quoted for completion of your quilt.