​​Preparing Your Quilt

for Longarm Quilting

For the best quilting results it's important for the quilt maker to prepare the quilt for longarm quilting in the following way:

  • Provide the quilt top and quilt backing fabric free of all pins, buttons, crystals, embellishments, and similar non-fabric items.  Quilt tops with 3-D design elements will require Custom Quilting.
  • Press all seams well and make sure all seams lay flat.  A well pressed quilt will have a huge impact on the long arm quilting results.  Press your quilt top and backing one final time then fold it nicely or hang it to bring it to be quilted.  This additional step will definitely be well worth your extra effort.
  • Remove all loose threads.  When loose or fraying threads are not removed they may show through the quilt top after quilting.
  • Provide the quilt backing measuring at least 8 inches wider and 8 inches longer than the quilt top.  This will provide 4 inches on all sides and is required to load the quilt onto the longarm quilting table for the quilting process to be accomplished.  It is a safety issue as well.
  • Provide batting measuring at least 8 inches wider and 8 inches longer than the quilt top when you prefer to provide your own batting rather than purchasing it from me.
  • Provide a quilt backing that has been 'squared' or purchase a wide backing from the selection I have available.  I will demonstrate how to square your backing if you need help with this and I'll be happy to explain what this means if you are unsure.  For a small fee I will seam backing fabric provided by the customer.
  • Indicate the top edge of the quilt top and backing when matching the orientation is important to you.  Do this by pinning with a safety pin a small piece of paper with "TOP" written on it to the top edge of the quilt top and another piece to the top edge of the quilt backing.
  • Provide the quilt top and backing clean and free of allergens such as pet hair, mildew, smoke odor, and strong fragrance odors.
  • Quilt tops and backing made of high quality 100% cotton fabric are preferred.  Other types of fabrics may prevent an acceptable quality of quilting.
  • It is the customer's responsibility to be certain fabrics are colorfast and will not bleed onto other fabrics.  All customers must agree that Magnolia Longarm Quilting and owners will not be held responsible for quilt fabric that is not colorfast or for any resulting color transfer to other fabrics that may occur during the quilting process.