Proper Quilt Preparation

Proper Preparation can save you time and money!

By following the following preparation steps, you can avoid time delays and "add-on charges".

  • Press your quilt top and back.  Fold over lightly.

  • Open your quilt batting and let it release from its packaging for at least 48 hours.  Open and spread on spare bed if using packaged batting. This will allow the batting to expand and will cut down on the problems with creases in the rolled battings.

  • If you pre-wash your fabrics, prewash all of them, including your backing!

  • Clip all loose threads from back and front of quilt.  Loose threads from the back side of your quilt may show through to the front when the quilt is long armed and you may not be able to get those errant threads removed after it is quilted.

  • Square up your fabric, or we will have to charge you to do it.  You can go online and search for "how to square up fabric".
  • Your batting and backing must be a minimum of 4" larger than your quilt top on all four sides.  Additional charges will apply if we have to add strips to accommodate this 4" requirement.
  • DO NOT baste, pin or tack your quilt together. Just lightly fold each piece separately.
  • When seaming your backing, be sure to remove all selvage edges. They will pucker when washed and will distort your quilt.
  • Be aware that fullness and puckers that have been pieced in, CAN NOT be quilted out.
  • Embellishment, such as buttons and ribbons, should be attached after quilting.
  • If your quilt needs to be positioned a certain way on a pieced backing, please place safety pins at the top of the quilt and the top of the backing piece.  We will do our best to center the quilt, but can not guarantee 100% accuracy due to shifting in the quilting process.
  • Please cut large backings and batting down to the required 4" larger than your quilt top on all sides.  If large pieces of fabric and/or batting are brought in for a small quilt top, the quilt top will be centered on the larger pieces.  I can not place the quilt top on one edge so that you will have a larger piece of batting and backing left after the project is done.  If you wish to make the best use of your backing and batting, size them to fit the quilt top.

Border Tips                             

  • Avoid handling your quilt by the borders once they have been attached. This will cause them to stretch and become loose an wavy. 
  • Straight borders that are cut from the length of the grain  (Parallel to the selvage) lie much flatter than those cut on the cross-grain or on the bias.

Additional Charges may apply

If your quilt requires additional preparation upon its arrival, the following charges may apply:

  • Clip loose threads  - $10 /$20
  • Square backing - $10
  • Pressing to remove wrinkles - $10 / $20 depending upon size of quilt top
  • Repairs (open seams) -  Price determined by the amount of repairs
  • Adding strips to meet the 4" minimum  extra needed to make the batting/backing larger than the quilt top - $10 per strip
  • Removal of embellishment  - Price determined by the amount of time.

Quilting costs

Edge-to-edge designs -meander - $ .02 per square inch.  (To determine cost, measure the top and the side measurements and

multiply by $ 0.02.)

Please think about what design you want on your quilt, as well as the color of thread!

Just Keep On Quilting

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These are just a few of the beautiful quilts that I have longarm quilted for my customers. 

I am grateful to be able to be a small part of their beautiful creations!


 62 West Mercury Blvd., Hampton, VA. 23669




is a division of T-Shirt Express and More.