Lin's Longarm Quilting

Preparing Your Quilt

Tips for Best Results

Please bring top, backing, & batting separately.
Don’t pin or baste together
.

Quilt Top

1. Be sure all quilt edges are cut straight across on all sides.
2. Clip and remove all loose threads on top of quilt. (Lint rollers work well.)
3. Press top, so seams lie flat. (Lessens the chance of pleats or tucks.)
4. Seams should be about ¼” and well-secured. We can’t be responsible for 
    damage that could occur if seams open during quilting.
5. Label the top of the quilt (if there is one) with a safety pinned note.
6. Lots of seams on the outside border? Please stay-stitch ¼” from all edges.

Quilt Back

1. The fewer the seams the better!
2. Be sure it is 6-12” wider and 6-12” longer than quilt top. (ie, 60 x 60 quilt top
           needs the back to be at least 66 x 66) 
3. On straight-grain, not bias. Sheets are not recommended.
4. Must be "squared off" with straight, even edges.
5. Press well to remove creases and ensure that seams lie flat.
6. Leave selvedge on outer edges for stability.
7. We r
ecommend removing selvedge from center back seam only. It is a denser weave and may shrink or pucker after washing.


                                                                         
Batting

1. Batting should be the same size as the backing, not significantly larger or
     smaller.
2. You may purchase batting from us. Prices are subject to change without
     notice.

    Hobbs Products:
      *Heirloom 80/20:  96" wide= 25 cents/running "    *120" = 30 cents/running "
      *Polydown (a wool alternative): 108" wide - 25 cents/running "
      *Hobbs washable wool: 108" wide - 40 cents/running "
3. You may provide your own high quality batting. Please call us first to be sure it is suitable. Not Fairfield or Mountain Mist, please.

Border "First Aid" --Preventing probems is the key!
*Don't stitch the border on without measuring and pinning thoroughly first,
*
Don't simply sew from one end to the other, then cut off the excess fabric.
    
This often causes full, wavy borders, pleats, puckers or puffy/raised areas.

Here's what to do...
1. Measure your quilt lengthwise in three places-- at the top, the bottom and through the middle.

2. Add those measurements and divide by three to get the average. Cut your border strips that length. Pin both ends even to the quilt top. Pin again in the center. Continue pinning in the center of each section, easing gently as necessary.

3. Stitch, using a walking foot if possible..

4. Repeat the procedure with the width. This will give you a "squared" quilt.


"Quilting with a friend will keep you in stitches."

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