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Quilt Preparation
Quilt Prep and Shipping

This information is provided so you will not have any additional prep charges.

For most quilts that are square or rectangle you only need to make sure that the squared Backing (or lining) and the Batting is 3-4" larger than the quilt top.

If you have a question about the backing size for a specific quilt please call to discuss.
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If your backing (lining) and batting material is 4 inches larger than your quilt top on all 4 sides you don't need to do anything more.If you have a baby quilt, pillow shams or a small item then 2-3 inches will work however we always prefer 4 inches so there is no distortion when the backing is clamped on the sides.If your quilt backing is smaller than these measurements you will need to add muslin strips to the outside of the backing only to make it 4 inches larger on all 4 sides.

 2. Press all new seams (from steps 1) toward the outside of the quilt.
 3. Trim threads so they donít show through any light fabrics.
 4. Press the quilt top so the patterns lay as flat as possible. Check to see if you have any dark fabric showing under light fabric edges (if so trim 1/16 off the dark fabric).
 5. Press the backing fabric. (Backing fabric that has seams must not contain selvage edges.) If you need to put seams in the backing fabric they will look best if you plan to have a half-inch seam and press the seam open.  This technique almost makes the seam disappear.  Where seams join a very light and very dark fabric check to see if you have any dark fabric showing under light fabric edges (if so trim 1/16 off the dark fabric). Press the quilt top so they donít show through any light fabrics if possible.  Press all new seams (from steps 1) toward the outside of the quilt.  Press the quilt top so that all seams lay as flat as possible this will enhance the look of the quilt.
 6. If there is a direction to your quilt (top or bottom) please safety pin a piece of paper indicating the top of the quilt and/or the top of the backing fabric.
 7. If you have a pieced back or a certain pattern or panel on the back and want it to be centered on the quilt top please make sure that information gets included with the order.
 8. Do not put any other pins in the quilt top or backing fabric.
 9. Think about what color thread and what type pattern you might like on the quilt. Do you like the look of dense quilting or more Open quilting? As a general rule we use the same color thread on the top and in the bobbin. The exception being variegated threads.
 10. Place quilt top and backing fabric in a plastic bag before shipping.
 11. The quilt will be returned using the customerís preferred shipping service and all shipping charges and insurance will be paid by the customer.
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