In The Pink Quilting
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Quilt Preparation

To prepare quilts for longarm quilting:

  • Do not baste or pin your quilt together.
  • Mark the top center of your quilt top and backing with a safety pin.
  • Clip all loose threads.
  • Do not use selvage edge in your backing - it will pucker.
  • Make backing & batting 4" larger on all 4 sides.
  • Quilt will be quilted in the condition it is received.
  • Piece accurately.
  • Choose a neutral thread color for piecing.
  • Remove any stray threads, especially those that might show through light-colored fabrics.
  • Secure seams, especially on pieced outside borders. These may pull apart on the machine frame.
  • Press carefully. Make sure your seam allowances are pressed well and do not flip back and forth.
  • If you have seams on the backing, please press them open.
  • Attach borders properly so they are not wavy.
  • Square up your top and backing.

Tips from Jeannie:
  • Use lots of starch, any brand any price range, it will help your accuracy in piecing and help keep your quilt flat.  Be generous... most quilters are stingy with starch.  
  • Quilting does not correct piecing imperfections. If the quilt top is not square, has fullness through the center or has wavy borders….you could have pleats or tucks quilted in the finished product. 
  • Solid color backings may produce the effect of “pokies” on the finished quilt. I suggest backing that has some design features or color variations. 
  • Please do not use sheets for backing.  The thread count is high in sheets, and it sometimes causes the needle to deflect causing skipped stitches.
  • Add any embellishments after your quilt has been quilted.
  • Bulky seams can cause needle breakage, if quilt is damaged because of bulky seams In The Pink Quilting is not responsible. 
  • If the quilt is being custom quilted, press seams to one side so Stitch-In-The-Ditch can be accurately sewn.

Jeannie Rogers
3924 W. Westcott Dr
Glendale, AZ  85308

Portion of proceeds donated to Susan B Komen breast cancer research.
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