Seashell Quilts - APQS Kelowna : Quilt Preparation

Quilt Preparation

Preparing Your Quilt Top for Machine Quilting


  1. Trim any loose threads as best as you can, dark threads may show through to the quilt front.
  2. Please save any embellishments such as buttons or beads for after the quilting is done.
  3. If your quilt top or backing are directional please mark the top edge with a safety pin & note.
  4. Secure all seams, especially those on pieced borders.
  5. Quilting does not correct piecing problems. If there is extra fullness in the quilt top I may need to add a pleat or tuck. I will do my best.
  6. To avoid wavy borders and pleats, you must make your quilt fit your borders.  Measure through the middle of the quilt and cut your borders to that length.  You may need to ease the quilt to fit the borders.

Preparing the Backing

  1. The backing and batting should measure 8" longer and wider than your quilt top. For example if your quilt measures 60"x 80" your backing and batting should be at least 68"x 88". You will get the extra fabric back. It's necessary to properly attach the quilt to my machine.
  2. If the backing fabric isn’t big enough, please use a 5/8″ seam to piece the backing.  Press the seam open.
  3. Remove any selvages that are in seams, salvages on the edge are fine.
  4. A busy fabric backing can hide stops and starts when doing custom quilting

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