Machine Quilting Service Your quilts will be finished on an Innova quilting machine with Grand Format Embroidery. This gives us the opportunity to guarantee accuracy in every stitch! The Grand Format Embroidery field is 14 feet wide, so the only limit you have for adding embroidery and applique is your imagination! We also provide hand-guided techniques for custom work including micro-stippling, and other freehand designs.

Quilt Top and Backing Preparation

Your quilt top should be pressed flat, and all of the seams should be flat. There will be a bit of wrinkling during shipment, but the top will be lightly pressed again before quilting to ensure that it will look it's very best.

All loose and stray threads should be clipped. Stray threads may show through on light colored fabrics.

Keep top, batting and lining separate - there is no need for you to baste or pin your layers together. Each piece will be loaded on to the machine separately.

The backing and batting should be a minimum of 12 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the quilt top. For example, if your quilt top is 60 inches square, then your backing and batting should be 72 inches square.

If your quilt has one side that you consider to be the top, please indicate that with a marked piece of paper and attach with a safety pin. Also, if you have a definite direction for your backing, please mark that with the same method. If your backing looks the same on both sides, such as a sateen fabric, please mark which side you prefer to be on the outside.

Please remove all selvages from the backing fabric - these will shrink, and cause problems later. It is helpful if you have enough fabric to use a 1/2 inch seam allowance if you need to piece the backing. Also, it's a good idea to have your seams running lengthwise, instead of widthwise, if it is possible for you to do so.

We ask that you do not use bed sheets for backing. Sheets have a higher thread count, and this can cause skipped stitches and tension problems.

Helpful Border Hints

Please click here to read the article about wavy borders, and what causes them. If you take a few precautions while adding borders to your quilt top, you will ensure a nicer finished product that will lay flat and not have puckered or wavy borders.

Quilting Service:

All prices are calculated per square inch. Take the length of your quilt, and multiply it by the width. For example, if your quilt measures 89 inches by 74 inches, your quilt is 6,586 square inches. For the different pricing categories, see the categories below.

For a quote on your quilting service, please contact Robin@CandyAppleQuilts.com or call 440-371-6409.