​​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.  Pressing your quilt top and backing one final time before  bringing it for quilting will definitely be well worth your extra effort.  A well pressed quilt will have a huge impact on how your quilt looks after quilting.
  • Remove all loose threads.  When loose or fraying threads are not removed they will 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.  No exceptions - this is also a safety issue.
  • Provide batting measuring at least 8 inches wider and 8 inches longer than the quilt top.
  • Provide a clean quilt top and backing fabric.  They must be 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 will 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.