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Quilt top is pressed and all threads clipped. Loose dark threads left on the back of the quilt top can detract from the quilt if they are caught between layers.  Please be sure all seams are secure.

If your quilt is directional, mark the top of your quilt top and back with a safety pin.  Quilts are loaded on the frame based on the backing seam – this seam is pinned to run horizontally (or parallel to the rollers) to avoid loose floppy areas and possible puckering. 

Backing fabric needs to be at least 5" larger on ALL sides of the quilt. For example, if you have a 60" x 60" quilt top, you will need to supply backing sized to a minimum of 70" x 70".

Please make sure backing is square. If you are seaming the backing, use ˝" seam and press seam open.  Do not use the selvedges in the seam—if you must, clip into the selvedge every 12” to release the pressure and prevent excess puckering when the quilt is washed and dried. Selvedges on the outer edge of backing is fine - do not remove. 

Press and fold each piece neatly and separately if mailing.  Do not baste, tack, pin or fuse your top/back/batting together.  If any pressing is required or threads need to be clipped from the quilt top, additional prep fees will be applied.  Keep in mind that the thread color used to stitch the top will also be in the bobbin so select a backing color that will be appropriate for the thread color selected.

Do not add any 3-dimensional items to the quilt if you plan on an allover quilt design.  Flanges, lace, buttons, ric rac do not allow allover quilting.

 

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