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Order Preparation - 
 
Proper preparation of your quilt top and quilt back is essential to a good result, so please read the following carefully. Any preparations that you choose to have me do  (e.g. seaming backing, pressing seams, etc.) will be billed at $20/hr. 
 
Once your order is received at GeorgiaQuilter I will e-mail to confirm the pattern choice, thread, batting, pricing and completion date. 
No stitch will be taken prior to this process.
 
General

  • The three layers of your quilt will be loaded on the machine independent of one another.  Please do not pin or baste them together.

  • The batting and backing should measure at least six (preferred 8”) inches longer and six (preferred 8”) inches wider than your quilt top. For example, if your quilt top measures 60" x 80", the batting and backing should measure at least 68" x 88".

Quilt Top

  • Press seams well.  Be sure the top lies flat.  Ripples and "puffy" places will not quilt flat.

  • The top should be free of embellishments such as buttons and beads.

  • Clip all loose threads from the back, that may show through lite fabric, as well as all threads on top.

  • A row of stay stitching, applied ¼ inch or less from the edge of the quilt top, will prevent stretching and seam pulling during the machine quilting process.

  • If your quilt has a definite "head", please apply a pin or piece of masking tape to the quilt top and backing to identify it.

 Batting

  • If you send batting, please check the package to be sure it is suitable for machine quilting.  I do not stock a large batting inventory, but offer some of my favorites if you would like to purchase batting from me.  See price list for batting cost.

Backing

  •  Sides should be straight, and the backing squared.  Press backing and all seams.  Backing should measure 8" wider and 8" longer than the quilt top.  Bed sheets are not suitable.  Backs that require squaring or pressing will incur an additional charge. 

 Binding

  • Please cut 2-1/4 or 2-1/2 inch straight grain binding strips.  The number of strips is calculated by measuring width + length + width + length + 8".   Divide that number by the width of fabric to determine your number of strips.  Always calculate up if your measurement is a fraction.  Example:  54" + 75" + 54" + 75" + 8" = 266" divided by 42" (width of fabric) = 6.333 strips you would provide 7 strips. Stitch all needed strips together and press in half, wrong sides facing, to complete you binding. Corners will be mitered when applied.   

 

  • Binding cost is calculated by the

              linear inch (width + length + width +

              length ).  See GQ pricing page for cost.