Preparing Your Quilt

  1. Make sure the backing is a minimum of 4" longer and 4" wider than the top.
    Example: 60" x 60" quilt top. Backing would measure 64" X 64".

  2. Both the top and back should be 'squared-up' and pressed well.
    The edges of the quilt back should be straight and square as these are attached to the quilting frame.

  3. Clip loose threads and remove lint, debris and pet hair.

  4. Identify the front and back and label the top of both.

  5. After ironing your top and back, fold them and hang on a hanger with as few folds as possible.


  7. Batting should be the same size as the backing (4" larger on all sides than the top).
    Batting should be one piece. Pieced batting does not always quilt smoothly and the finished results may not be as pleasing.

Many types of batting can be used. Various manufacturers are available including Hobbs, Dream Cotton, and Warm and Natural. Generally cotton batting lays flatter than polyester. If you want a more 'puffy' look, choose polyester, wool, or a combination.
Note: If you select Quilters Dream batting choose either 'select', 'deluxe' or 'supreme'. The Quilters Dream 'request' is a bit too thin for frame use and can result in unequal batting distribution which causes think spots in the quilt.

Some terms you may want to know:

Squared-up: The quilt measurements are equal to either a square or rectangle shape. Example: For a square, the quilt measurements from the top to the bottom and through the middle should all be the same, and, the measurements from side to side and through the middle should all the be same. If the measurements differ (the top to bottom is larger than through the middle), you will have a 'wavy' border.

Puckers or pockets: Excess fabric in the quilt top generally does not disappear when the top is quilted. Excess fabric can result in pleats or puckers in the top.

Flat: Straight seams which are ironed open and not to one side will result in a flatter quilt. If the back is pieced, the seam should be ~ 1 inch side. Smaller seams tend to roll and can create a ridge when the top is quilted. The rule: A flatter and smoother top will result in a smoother quilt.

Relax the batting: If you are using packaged batting, it should be removed from the package and allowed to relax and regain its fluff before it is quilted. (I do this for you before I begin).

Antique look: If you select cotton or cotton blend batting and do not want your finished project to have the wrinkled look after washing, you should preshrink the batting. Most manufacturers provide instructions for washing directly on the packaging.