Preparing a quilt for longarm quilting is different than for quilting on a
domestic machine. These are some things that I have found helpful to
know. The backing should be at least 4 inches larger than the top on all sides
and it should be "squared up"--by that I mean there should be a straight edge on
all four sides and not have a wonky parallelogram thing going on--this sometimes
happens with the wide backings when it is torn off the bolt. Be sure to get at
least 1/4 yard more if tearing off the bolt to be able to square it up.
To create a nice smooth back with a pieced backing use a 1/2 inch seam allowance
and press the seam open remembering to cut off the selvage edge out of the seam
as that might wash different than the rest of the fabric.
No pins or basting tacks are needed for the process. Please have the quilt
top and back as two separate pieces.
To ensure that no seams come apart on the outer edge of the quilt top, it
is nice to have a row of stay stitching about 3/8 inch from the edge, this is
especially helpful if there is no border.
Having a work order
sheet filled out will help both of us know what is
decided for your quilt top.
Last of all--if you have any questions please ask, as communication is
vitally important that we see the same thing for your quilt to be able to turn
it into the work of art that it deserves.