Quilt Preparation

Quilt Preparation

Preparation of your quilt is important before you send it to me. Here is what you will need to do in order to get the best results possible.

  • Ensure all thread ends are trimmed and quilt top is pressed. Stray dark threads will show through a light top.  Removal of such once received may incur extra charges.
  • Pieced borders should be stabilized by stitching about 1/8″ in from the outer edge.
  • Backing supplied by you should be at least 4″-6″ bigger than the top all round and should be squared and pressed. All selvedges should be removed if backing is pieced, and ideally the piecing should run horizontally and the seam should be pressed open.
  • Wadding supplied by you should be at least 4″-6″ bigger than the top all round. (ie a 50 x 60 top = 58 x 68 to 62 x 72 wadding and backing.)  This ensures that I have plenty of space to work in when the quilt is mounted on the frame.
  • Do Not baste your quilt. Removal of any basting prior to quilting will incur extra charges.
  • If your quilt is directional, please pin a note at the top with a safety pin.
  • Please ensure your quilt is insured if you are sending it to me by post. Should you want it insured when returned to you by post, please notify me of such and this cost will be added to the final service total.
  • Seams should be pressed in the desired direction, particularly important if stitch in the ditch is required.  Any seams that are parting and need re-stitching may incur extra charges. (Seams pressed open that require stitch in the ditch may result in the piecing threads being cut as I will be sewing along those and not fabric.  Please ensure seams are pressed to the side if ditch work is required.)
  • Please not that some design selections require the quilt to be marked in a variety of forms.  I do try to use chalk wherever I can but this is not always possible.  It is recommended that all quilts when completed are washed in cold water in order to ensure complete removal of any marking system that is not chalk based.  Should you wish to know which has been used when you receive you quilt back, please feel free to ask.


To help you have the best finish it is important that borders are measured and fitted correctly as excess fabric cannot always be ‘quilted in’. To ensure your borders are correct take three measurements across your top (not at the edges) and create and average. Cut and fit the first two side borders.  Do the same again with the first borders fitted.