Preparing your Quilt
Before sending your quilt off for quilting there are a few things you can do to ensure the best possible finish without any additional charges from me. I also post tips or tutorials on Facebook to help you become an amazing quilter, so please follow me there for regular updates.
Markings - Please mark with a safety pin top center on the quilt top and quilt back so that I can ensure all fabrics are going the direction intended by you.
Trim threads - This is especially important if you have a lot of white or light colored fabrics as fraying fabrics or thread ends can show through. Trim away any long fraying fabric yarns as well as any extra thread ends from the seams. Fraying edges can be helped by the use of fray check or another small amount of fabric adhesive brushed along the edge. Also take a minute to remove any lint that might have clung to the quilt as you worked. I try to watch for these as I quilt, but cannot guarantee to catch every loose thread. Excessive numbers of stray dark threads could result in additional charges added to the cost of quilting. Read about Frayed Edges and Stray Threads and how to remove them.
Reinforce seams - If you know that you have a few scant seams, seam allowance cheats, or seams that extend to the outside edge of the quilt -- take a moment and reinforce these seams by sewing just inside of the original seam line on the seam allowance. This will help prevent any seams from popping as the quilt is stretched on the frame.
Press - In quilting we try to always press our seams flat. I have no particular care as to whether they all go one direction, or are pressed open, as long as they are as flat as they can be. Wrinkles or puckers cannot be quilted out, I will only perform a quick press to remove any wrinkles from traveling. If your quilt needs additional pressing a charge will be applied to your account.
Square your quilt - Squaring a quilt is very important to some, and less important to others, either way if your quilt top is not square before quilting begins it will very likely not be square when quilting ends.
Prepare Batting - If you choose to send your own batting: we like four extra inches of batting on all sides of the quilt. In total this is an additional eight inches in length and eight inches in width. Square the batting and fold neatly for shipping.
Prepare Backing - Just like batting, we like four extra inches on all sides of the quilt. In total this is an additional eight inches in length and eight inches in width. If your backing will have a seam, try to place the seam horizontally across the width of the quilt as skew is more preventable this way. Square the backing and press before folding neatly.
Binding Fabric - If we will be preparing your binding please do a quick calculation to determine how much fabric to send. Since we do a continuous cross grain bias, we like to begin with 2.5" wide strips. To calculate the length of binding needed, add the length of all four sides together plus 10 inches, this is the total length of binding needed. If you are able to work with the full width of fabric, divide the total length of binding by 40 inches, this will be the number of strips you need. Finally multiple the number of strips by the strip width of 2.5" to determine the amount of yardage to completely bind the quilt. Press the fabric before folding neatly.
Postage - We recommend sending your quilt via US Postal Service and suggest use of a flat rate box. These boxes are shipped Priority Mail, include tracking and insurance in the price of the box. Quilts can be mailed to 2913 Holcomb Ave. Des Moines, IA 50310