Q: How do I prepare my quilt for longarm quilting?
Preparing Quilt Top
Do not baste the quilt top, batting, and backing together. All three layers must be separated so that they can be attached individually to the frame.
Q: What happens to the extra backing fabric and batting (8”) once the quilt is quilted?
Q: Should I embellish my quilt before I provide you my quilt?
Embellishments here refers to beadwork, buttons, or other objects that can add 3 dimension to the quilt and that are inflexible to bending or flowing with the quilt’s fabric. Keep in mind that your quilt will be mounted to the quilting frame using straight pins, or perhaps even leader grips. Once loaded to the quilt frame it will be rolled and wrapped around several rollers as it is being quilted. Any embellishments on the quilt have the potential of damaging the work you have done by tearing your quilt, piercing through to other layers, or breaking the quilting needle. Therefore, any embellishments are best saved for when the quilt has been quilted.
Q: Should I remove any selvage?
Always remove selvage. Selvage is the finished edge of fabric. It is tightly woven, does not fray, and runs along the entire length of the fabric bolt. Because selvage is tightly woven, it does not have the same stretch as does the rest of the fabric and can pucker. Selvage also contains tiny holes that have been created during the manufacturing process and will always show through the front side of your quilt blocks if used. Also, because the selvage is seldom straight, it is always best to cut a straight edge by cutting it away.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Below are some questions customers have asked me when preparing their quilts to be dropped off for finishing.