QUILT PREPARATION for Starfish Enterprise Longarm Quilting
When you drop off your quilt to have it quilted on the long arm it should be ready to go on the machine. Your pieced top should be well ironed and hung on a hanger and all the loose excess threads should be cut off and removed. They may show through if you do not take the time to do this. Seams need to be ironed flat. It will be quilted in the condition it comes in to me. Borders must be flat or your quilt will end up wavy or puckered.
Your backing needs to be sewn and ironed and needs to be 4 inches larger than your quilt top all the way around. It needs to be squared up properly or it will not go onto the machine correctly and will result in an unpleasant look for your quilt. If you do not know how to square it up, or if I need to square it up for you there is a $10 charge. Please cut selvages from fabric before constructing the backing. A busy backing always works best. Do not use a sheet! Using 108" wide backing eliminates the need to sew your backing together. Please make sure it is well ironed and on a hanger. All creases need to be ironed out or they will remain. I do not iron backing. It goes on the machine the way that I receive it.
I carry a good supply of quality threads, about 100 colors, both cotton and Poly and there is a thread charge. I also carry batting on the roll that is available for purchase so that you do not need to bring your own unless you wish to do so.
For complex borders, the quilt will need to be turned, cost is $15.00. A sleeve for hanging is $25.00, bring extra fabric for that. WA state sales tax will be added.