Preparation

Correct Quilt Preparation will save me time and you money. By following the preparation steps below, you can avoid time delays and add-on charges.

Press your quilt top and backing thoroughly. Every quilt is always lightly pressed before quilting to remove any creases caused by folding.  But if excessive pressing needs to be done, there will be an additional $10 charge.
Place a safety pin at the top of both the quilt and backing fabric.
If you pre-wash your fabrics, pre-wash all of them.
Clip all loose threads from the back and front of the quilt top. Excess threads left on the back of your quilt are not a big concern unless your quilt has light colored open areas.  Medium to dark colored threads left under a light colored fabric will resemble varicose veins... and that's not very pretty.
Square up backing fabric.
Size your backing and batting a minimum of 4” larger than your quilt top on all four sides.
Do not baste, pin, or tack your quilt together. Simply fold each piece.
Remove all selvages when seaming your backing.
Be aware that fullness and puckers, which have been pieced in, cannot be quilted out.

Border Tips:

Avoid handling your quilt by the borders once they have been attached. This can stretch them and cause them to become loose and wavy.
Cut your straight borders from the length of the grain (parallel to the selvage) - If possible. This direction will make them lay much flatter than those cut cross-grained.
Before you bring in your quilt to be quilted, lay it on a flat surface and make sure your borders lie flat.  

Measure the outer edges of your quilt, as compared to the measurement taken about 10" down from the outer edge.  If the outer edge is more than an inch or two bigger than the inner measurement, you have created a wavy border.   Quilts with wavy borders or other areas that will not lie flat require extra work that WILL result in extra charges. Minimal fullness can be eased in without problems, but too much fullness will result in pleats or tucks if additional work is not done to fix the problem areas before quilting.  There is a minimum charge of $0.40/sq ft to deal with wavy borders and fix each serious problem area that will not lie flat.

Add-on Charges:
If your quilt requires additional preparation upon its arrival, the following charges will apply. You will be notified via phone or email before work is done.

Pressing: $10.00
Piecing backing: $15.00 per seam

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