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Quilt Preparation

Please make sure to follow these instructions to ensure the best quality and a low cost.

Thoroughly press your quilt top making sure the seams are flattened directionally as you wish.

Trim all stray threads because trailing threads can get caught between the layers and show on through your quilt. Please do not serge the edge.

If there is a direction to your quilt top or backing, safety pin a note to the top stating that it is the top.

Backing Preparation:
Measure your quilt top and make sure the backing is 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than the quilt top. This will provide an additional 4 inches of backing on all 4 sides.

Make sure the backing is pressed and squared up.

Please do not use sheets for backing fabric as they cause problems for our machine.

Note that according to your personal preference, you may, or may not, want to select a backing fabric that varies in color dramatically from the top. During longarm quilting, top and bottom thread is chosen to match your quilt top. If your top fabric is light and your backing fabric is dark, you will see contrasting thread on the back of your quilt. Some people like this look, some do not; so just be aware of this. We will do what you want.

Ruth Ann Quilts offers the options of using Heirloom Premium 80/20 cotton blend (this is a favorite among professional quilter) or Heirloom Organic unbleached cotton batting.      

Ruth Ann Quilts offers many solid, variegated, cotton and polyester threads.

You may also choose to send a decorative thread with the quilt top and backing.

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