BACKING AND BATTING
I require the backing & batting to be at least 4" extra ON ALL SIDES.
You do not need to baste your quilt layers together - each layer is loaded separately on to my longarm frame.
This means, your backing and batting needs to be 8" wider and 8" longer than your quilt top. It can be larger, just not smaller.
If your quilt top isn't quite square (the quilt police don't work here), I suggest taking a few measurements from top/bottom and side to side. Use the largest number when calculating how much batting and backing you need.
Why do I need the extra? It allows room to secure your backing to the top, bottom and sides of my machine, no matter the direction it gets loaded.
Please, contact me for options if your quilt backing is already cut and doesn't meet this requirement.
There is always a solution!
Selvage edges on your backing fabric are a fantastic built-in straight edge for me to load your quilt. Leaving the selvage edges intact on the top and bottom for me is wonderful, but I do suggest that you trim it off your backing seams.
Why? Selvage edges are not intended as usable fabric, as it is stronger and shrinks differently once washed.
Best to sew a larger seam allowance than usual, so enough is left after you trim the selvage off.
Personally, I am partial to a 1/2" seam on my backing. But you do you!
Press your seam(s) - open or to the side (your preference).
Selvage edges at the top and bottom are a great guide for me when loading your backing, and I am always super happy when they are still intact. They are just not ideal in your seams.
Press your top so that it's flat and ready to load. Pay attention to those seams, especially those bulky ones.
Clip stray threads or unravelling fabrics, as best as you can.
You might not be able to get them all (and that's okay!) but to prevent dark threads from shadowing through your quilt top, please don't skip this important step!
If your quilt top (and/or backing) is/are directional, please mark the top (safety pin, painters tape, paper and pin etc.) so that it gets loaded in the correct direction.
Most important thing for you to know is the quilt police do not work at Arrow Quilting, nor do they stop by for inspection.
I swear the only judgment that happens here is from my kittens, when I fail to bring snacks to our morning huddle.
I truly (truly, truly) enjoy seeing the creativity and love that is put into each and every quilt.