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Quilt Assembly

Quilt Assembly is the process to prepare your quilt top for basting and quilting. Quilt Assembly is layering the quilt backing, batting and quilt top into a quilt sandwich and basting with one of the basting methods available. The method of quilting may influence the way you assemble you prepare your "quilt sandwich". For all methods of Quilt Assembly, having a quilt top that's free of loose threads, well pressed, flat and square is important. Quilt backing should also be pressed, and extend 3-4 inches beyond the quilt in all directions, but different methods will require more or less backing. As with quilt backing, batting will also extend beyond the quilt top by the amount required for the finishing techniques. If you are having your quilt professionally finished by a long arm quilter, they will instruct you on how to prepare your quilt and backing. Some long arm quilters will layer and baste quilts for hand quilting.

Benefits of Quilt Assembly

  • Proper Quilt Assembly makes quilting by hand or machine easier.
  • Nesting seams and pressing seams flat will help to eliminate bumps where the seams join.

Tools and Supplies for Quilt Assembly


You'll need the following for Quilt Assembly:

  • Quilt Top
  • Batting
  • Backing
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Quilt Assembly

Proper QUILT ASSEMBLY is key to having a successful quilt finish.



Quilt Assembly Resources