your quilt top

Here are steps that you can take to ensure that Felicity and I don’t run into problems working with your quilt top, aka floppy.

  • Press your top and backing. Be sure to trim or remove loose threads from both sides of fabric.  If you piece the back, trim the selvedge from your fabric before sewing the seam.  Iron this seam open.
    • Selvedges dry differently than trimmed fabric causing your work of art to ripple after washing.
  • Make sure that all seams are secure along the edges of your floppy.  If they’re not, stay stitch the seam within the ¼” seam allowance of the outer edge.
  • Your batting + backing must be at least 3″ larger than your quilt top on all sides.
    • Example: If your top is 50″ x 50″ your batting + backing will each be 56″ x 56″
    • I know that sounds like a lot of fabric to add, but once you trim your quilted quilt you get to keep the scraps for your stash
  • Pin tags to your floppy + backing indicating the tops of each
  • For best results, the quilt top must lay flat.  Check this by measuring your floppy across the top, bottom and center – they should all be the same.
    • Please spend time correcting this on your top.  This is the number one cause of puckers in a finished quilt, which makes us all very unhappy!
  • Unfortunately, if I have to spend time correcting these problems before quilting your floppy, I will charge $25/hour.