Checklist for preparing your quilt top
- Have you run a basting stitch around the perimeter (edges) of your quilt? If your quilt has a simple basting stitch within 1/4" of the raw edge of your quilt top, the seams are less likely to come undone as I load it onto The Six. Seams that begin splitting have the potential to create snags and folds in the fabric as quilting occurs.
- Is your quilt "square"? If you measure the length or width of your quilt in 3 different places, are the lengths all the same (or within 1/4") as the others? If the answer is "no," you may want to try and determine what is causing your top to go off-square. Often, it can be caused by inconsistent seam widths or borders that are improperly measured or attached. If left un-square, you risk having buckles or folded-over ridges in your final product.
- Have you clipped all loose threads? If left untrimmed, threads can get caught between the top and batting or backing and batting and show through (if the fabric is light). Once the quilt top is quilted, there is no way to remove these threads. I will do my best to remove the threads but as my focus is on the quilting and not the threads, I might not get them all. The best way to know for sure your threads are clipped is to do it before you send the top to HHQ.
- Have you ironed seam allowances toward the darker fabric? It is not always possible to do so, but much like the dark threads being caught up under the top, if a dark fabric seam allowance is ironed toward the lighter fabric, it WILL be visible after quilting.
- Is your backing fabric at least 10" wider and longer than your quilt top? This extra few inches of fabric is very important because it allows me to properly mount your quilt to The Six.
- Did your backing require a seam to make it big enough? Please press that seam open to reduce the bulk.
- Have you centered a safety pin along the top edge of your quilt? This is especially important if you have chosen a directional quilt design for quilting.
Checklist for preparing your quilt top & materials for shipping
- Have you packed your quilt and other materials for shipment in a water-proof bag (such as a large zip-top bag) or in a water-proof shipping package? Make sure to tape all the seams of your box/package to make sure they are sealed.
- Have you included enough fabric for any binding services, hanging sleeves, or your pre-made label?