1. Batting and backing must be at least 6” wider and longer than your quilt top. This is very critical. I can not guarantee the outcome of your quilt if I do not have enough batting and backing to work with.
Square up your quilt top. This is very important. To achieve this, measure your quilt top along one edge, and then across the center parallel to that edge. They should be the same measurements.
If there is more than one inch difference, the quilting could cause puckering, uneven edges, and pointed corners. If your quilt is not square, remove the borders, cut them to the same length as the center measurement, and re-attach borders back onto your quilt.
2. Backing: Do not use sheets as backing as they do not work well. Remove all selvage edges, (be sure edges are straight all the way around for proper loading on machine) wash, seam backing if necessary, iron seams open, and iron rest of material.
3. Top of Quilt: Trim off threads that come through the seams to the front of the quilt or that will show through the quilt top after quilting. Trim off any excess seams or points. .
4. DO NOT Pin backing, batting and top together.
5. DO NOT add any embellishments until AFTER quilt is quilted.