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Preparing Your Quilt Top

This page will guide you through instructions for preparing and shipping your quilt. Proper preparation of your quilt top and quilt back is essential for a proper results, so please read the following instructions carefully!


• The three layers of your quilt will be loaded on the machine independently of one another so they should not be pined or basted together.

• The batting and backing should measure at least eight inches longer and eight inches wider than your quilt top. For example, if your quilt measures 60” x 80”, the batting and backing should measure at least 68” x 88”.

Quilt Top

• Press seams well to be sure the top lies flat, taking care that the borders do not ripple and wave. Ripples and puffy places will not necessarily quilt flat.

• The top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, beads, and crystals.

• Clip all loose threads and be sure the seams have been pressed.

• Country Girl recommends a row of stay stitching, applied ¼ inch or less from the edge of the quilt, which will prevent stretching and will keep seams that extend to the edges from separating.

• If your quilt has a definite ‘head’, apply a piece of masking tape to identify it.


• If you send batting, check the package to be sure it is suitable for machine quilting, however, Country Girl stocks a variety of batting.


• Trim off the edges before seaming your backing. Sides should be straight and the backing squared. Your backing should have straight edges, with opposite edges parallel. Corners should be right angles.

• Be aware that it is not possible to centre the top over the backing in both directions. A backing with a centre monogram, or with a border, is likely to be ‘off’ in the final product.

• Thread used on the back side will be the same as the top thread (top and bottom threads that contrast too much result in the appearance of specks of the opposing colour).

Ship your quilt top, backing, batting (if you’re supplying) to: 55043 Range Road 215, Cardston County, AB, Canada. Your cheque should be mailed to to Country Girl Quilting & Design: P.O. Box 535, Raymond, AB. T0K 2S0.

Thank you for considering Country Girl Quilting & Design for your longarm quilting services, we will make sure that you’re not disappointed!