It is important that you prepare your quilt top and backing  properly before sending it to Moose Country Quilting.  

  • Do not baste your quilt.  All layers must be separate.
     

  • It is strongly recommended that you stitch 1/4 inch in from the edge around the perimeter of the quilt top.  This keeps the seams from "popping" and prevents stretching when the top is attached to the machine. 
     

  • Identify the head of the quilt top and backing with a marked piece of paper attached with a safety pin if the quilt and/or backing is directional.
     

  • If you supply your own quilt backing, it should be a minimum of 6 inches wider and longer than the quilt top. Your choice of backing is very important.  Keep in mind that the thread choice for the quilt top will be the same for the bottom thread.  Patterned fabrics instead of solid colors work the best.
     

  • Make sure all three pieces (quilt top, backing, and batting) are squared up and selvages removed from the seam.  You may leave the selvages on if they are on the outside edge of the backing.  Click here for tips on making sure your top is squared up.
     

  • If you supply your own batting, it should be at least 4" larger on all sides, and it should be square with straight edges.
     

  • Batting Suggestions:

  • Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (in stock)

  • Warm and Natural

  • Warm and White

  • Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting

  • Quilter's Dream Select Poly

  • Quilter's Dream Select Cotton

  • Any batting bought at a quilt store

     **Please note that I will NOT quilt on Mountain Mist batting!

  • The quilt top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, charms, pins, etc.
     

  • Loose threads on the quilt top and backing should be clipped.  These can cause snags and uneven stitching.  On lighter fabrics, loose threads will show through.
     

  • The quilt top should be pressed with seams going in one direction.  The backing should be ironed with seam allowances pressed open, using a inch seam.  The selvages in the seam allowances should be trimmed off. 
     

  • Fabrics that are not 100% cotton fabric purchased at a fabric store are not recommended.  This includes bed sheets, polyester blends and knits.  They are often the cause of tension problems and unbalanced stitching.  If you want a seamless backing, there are many lovely fabrics available in wide widths.
     

  • I furnish the thread and will choose a color to compliment your quilt, or you may state your preference.  I use 100% cotton Signature thread, and have over 80 colors in stock.  I also carry variegated threads.  Please note that I use the same color thread for both the top and back.  I will not quilt with metallic threads.
     

  • If you ship your quilt to me, please notify me via e-mail and wait for confirmation from me before shipping your quilt.  Please place all materials in a plastic bag inside the box to protect it during shipping and also pin the order form on your quilt.  When I receive your quilt top and materials, I will notify you immediately by phone or e-mail.  
     

  • Quilts are quilted in the order in which they are received. I will do everything I can do to work with you if you are in a rush.
      

  • If you are in a rush for your quilt to get finished, please let me know and I will try to accommodate you. There may be an extra rush charge.
     

  • You will be charged extra if the quilt top and/or backing needs to be pressed or pins need to be removed.  If threads need to be trimmed, an extra fee will be charged as well.

I will make every effort to do my best work on your quilt, but please be aware that the quality of the quilting reflects the quality of the piecework.