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Traci Richter 817/648-8930
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Preparation Steps for longarm quilting and to help ensure a finished quilt that you will be pleased with. 


Contact Information


With your quilt, please include information on how I can reach you (name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail). Don’t forget to include your choice of quilting design or any special instructions.


Quilt Top


  • Quilt tops and backing should be squared up, clean and pressed.


  • Please make sure that all seams are pressed flat on the back and facing in the desired direction. 


  • Trim threads on top of quilt (I realize some maybe left) and excess seams and/or points from back of quilt.


  • Please remove pet hair, as much as possible.


  • Check seams to make sure secure and repair if needed.


  • Please DO NOT baste layers together, each layer is mounted on the quilting machine separately.


  • Quilt top and backing needs to be flat, with no wavy edges.  Quilting out excess fabric may result in puckers or pleats in your finished top and/or backing. 


  • If borders do not lay flat this may cause tucks, pleats or fullness.  Please see "Adding Borders" under General Information.


  • If your quilt is directional, please place a piece of paper marked “TOP”, attached with safety pin, at the top end of the quilt backing and quilt top. Some quilting designs are one way and I need to know which will be at the head end of the quilt (if there is one).
  • If no borders (pieced edges), please stay-stitch just less than a 1/4" in from the edge around the perimeter of the quilt top. Your quilt top will be gently pulled during the machine quilting so it will lay flat, and this will prevent the seams from coming unstitched. 


    If you have any questions on above, please contact me.  I don't want you to stress over this.  :) 



    Quilt Backing and Batting


  • BATTING AND BACKING MUST BE AT LEAST 6-8 INCHES WIDER AND LONGER THAN THE QUILT TOP (3" ON ALL SIDES).  The extra fabric is required to pin it on my long arm machine to be quilted.   

  • I have high quality Hobbs 80/20 batting in natural and bleached available for purchase, please see pricing page.  You may supply your own, but some battings do not hold together well, so I reserve the right to decide on use and will notify you if problem.

  • Please remove all selvage edges from any seams. Selvages, especially in a backing seam can cause undesirable pulling and lead to puckering along a seam. 


    If you have any questions on above, please contact me.  I don't want you to stress over this.  :) 



      Note:  Your quilt will be worked on as-is. If any fabric preparation or repair work is necessary, an extra charge will be added for this service. (Price to be determined by work needed such as ironing, squaring up, removing pet hair).