Quilting Traditions

Custom Computerized Machine Quilting to Enhance the Beauty of Your Quilt!

Quilt Preparation

To ensure the best possible quilting results, please follow the guidelines listed below.


  • The quilt top should be free from all embellishments, such as buttons, pins, charms, etc.
  • All loose threads should be trimmed so they don't get caught in the machine or show through light fabrics.
  • Indicate the top and bottom of quilt if there is a difference.
  • Carefully press the top and backing.
  • Square up your quilt top and your backing. Make sure the edges are straight.
  • If you have a pieced border or bias edges on the outside of your quilt it is best to staystitch to provide more stability.
  • Do not baste or pin your quilt together.
  • Batting and backing should be a minimum of 4 inches larger than the quilt top on all sides. For example, if the quilt top is 50” x 50”, your batting and backing should be a minimum of 58” x 58”.
  • Please do not supply sheets for backing. The higher thread count in many sheets can cause skipped stitches on your quilt.
  • If the backing requires seaming, remove selvedges first. Stitch with a short stitch length (2.0 – 2.5mm) and use a ½” seam allowance. Press seams open. Do not serge seams.
  • When choosing the fabric for your backing think of the color thread that will be used in quilting the top. If you want the quilting on the backing to be subtle then choose a color or print that will blend with the color of the top thread. However, if you want the quilting to stand out on the back then choose a fabric that will contrast with the thread color.
  • Custom quilting can have many stops and starts and a busy backing fabric tends to hide these beginnings and endings.
  • If you have selected a pantograph (all over pattern) and have a preference, please specify whether you want the pattern to go vertically or horizontally on the quilt.
  • Fullness and puckers pieced into the quilt top cannot necessarily be quilted out. We will do our best to reduce the appearance of extra fullness and puckers, but quilt tops with these problems, may still have the problems after quilting is complete.
  • If we are applying your binding, please include fabric and specify the desired finished width. Binding is applied using the French-fold method and machine or hand stitched to the back.
  • If you plan to attach the binding yourself, the quilt will be trimmed even with edges after quilting is complete unless requested otherwise. (Any usable scraps are retained and used towards charity quilts unless instructed otherwise).
  • If you are shipping your quilt to us, please send it in a box large enough to hold the finished quilt (allow extra room for the batting if we are providing the batting).