Prepare your Quilt Top

How to prepare your quilt top for our longarm machine quilting IMPORTANT! Please take the time to read these guidelines. Your quilt is worth the extra time and effort you put into it at this point of the process. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR QUILT – PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OR EMAIL US. Any preparations that you choose to have us do here (e.g. seaming backing, pressing seams, etc.) will have an additional charge.

Quilt Top

  1. Square up your quilt
    1. An additional charge will be added for us to do it for you
  2. Trim all loose threads on your quilt
    1. They will show under light fabric
    2. They can cause snags and uneven stitching
  3. Please be sure that all your stitches will withstand being pulled
    1. Your quilt will be pulled while quilting
  4. Stay stitch (1/4”) around the edge of your top if it is pieced to the edge or you notice the fabric fraying.
  5. Be sure your borders lay flat
    1. Borders that do not lay flag may cause tucks, pleats, or fullness
  6. Press your quilt top (and backing fabric) well
    1. Seams open or to one side
    2. You will be charged extra if your quilt top (or backing) needs pressing
  7. Do not baste your quilt with pins or any other method
  8. Identify the head or top of your quilt top or top of the backing if applicable with a piece of paper marked with pencil and taped or pinned to fabric
  9. Quilt top must be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, sequins, couching etc.


  • Allow an extra 4 inches beyond all sides of the quilt top.
    • (If your quilt top is 100"x100", your backing and batting needs to be 108"x108")
    • 100% cotton is recommended.
    • Bed sheets are not recommended, as the dense nature can prevent needle penetration, causing skipped stitches and broken needles.
  • Trim selvage edges before seaming and press open.
  • Backing preparation service is available, $10.00 per seam charge, plus an additional $5.00 to square backing fabric once we have prepared it.


  • You may supply your own batting (allow an extra 4-6 inches beyond all sides of the quilt top) or purchase batting from us.


(If you select for us to bind your quilt)
  • Please send 1 to 1 ½ yard of fabric depending on size of your quilt, if you would like me to cut and apply binding. I will cut 2½ inch straight grain binding, apply by machine to the front, turn, and hand stitch on the back. Corners will be mitered. An extra charge applies for this.


  • A $50 deposit is required to begin work on your quilt. You may either include a check or money order (payable to Quilter’s Pantry) in your shipment, or you may use Pay Pal. Please indicate on your order form which payment method you are using.