How to Prepare a Quilt Top for Quilting

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Get the Best Possible Finish with These Helpful Tips!

Once your quilt top is pieced you’re probably anxious to get on with the quilting. Before that happens you need to go over the top and prepare it for layering and quilting. Many quilters want to rush this step, but it pays to take your time and do a thorough job for the nicest possible finished quilt.

All People Quilt has put together a great article that will walk you through the steps. You’ll find tips for preparing a quilt for machine quilting, whether that’s straight line or free motion, and for sending it off to a longarm quilter (many of the tips apply to hand quilting too).

How to Prepare a Top for Quilting

Twisted seams can create a lumpy finished quilt.

The article starts with how to prepare the layers, including several helpful do’s and don’ts.

It goes on to offer tips for working with a longarm quilter and for the unique preparation that will require.

Also covered are design considerations, stitching tips and tension testing and fixes for those who will be doing the quilting themselves.

How to Prepare a Top for Quilting

Clip loose threads and dog-ears so they don’t create shadows behind light fabrics.

Whether you’re new to quilting or have several finished quilts under your belt you’re sure to find some good ideas here for preparing quilt tops for quilting. After all, your beautifully pieced top deserves the best possible quilting and careful prep can make a world of difference.

Click here for the “Our Best Tips for Machine-Quilting” article.



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