PREPARING YOUR QUILT FOR LONGARM QUILTING....
Many quilters don't realize that this is such an important step to the quiltmaking process. Just like a beloved houseplant, it's past treatment will determine the success of the current and future treatment of your project. You've put in lots on hours on your quilt, and you want the best possible outcome from this last stage, the longarm quilting.
Longarm quilting cannot undo uneven seams, wonky borders, shredded edging, missing stitches or too-short backings. A good longarmer CAN, however, make the best of what you have by minimizing mistakes and maximizing the beauty of your work.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER IN THIS PROCESS:
Press your quilt top and backing flat. If your backing is pieced, be sure to press that seam open.
Be sure your backing is a minimum of 8" longer and wider than your top. This is to facilitate proper loading on the frame. PLEASE DOUBLE-CHECK THIS ONE, as it can make all the difference in the proper squaring of your quilt!
Your batting needs to be the same size as the backing. This is because the quilting shrinks up the batting by the very act of repeated stitching through it. (Remember, I have batting in my studio if you prefer to let me size this for you.)
Trim away any excess threads on front and back. We don't want them inadvertently becoming part of your quilting design!
And last, if there is a preferred top/bottom to your quilt, please mark the upper left corner with a safety pin, and be sure to let me know.