A. Tops and Bobbins is located at
15550 Main Street, Ste B-6, Hesperia CA 92345
We are on the North side of Main between 9th and 11th Streets in the Plaza on Main shopping center by Cancun Restaurant, Subway, Samarai Sushi, and Corral Family Restaurant.
Call us at (760) 881-4025 for more directions if you need help finding us.
In addition to our website TopsandBobbins.com, you can find us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/TopsandBobbins
Q. When are you open?
A. Tops and Bobbins is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.
We are closed Sunday & Monday.
Q. What is a Bobbin Bundle?
A. A Bobbin Bundle is a beautifully wrapped bundle of 8 coordinating fat quarters that includes a complimentary pre-wound bobbin of MasterPiece thread by Superior Threads.
Q. Do you offer longarm quilting services?
A.Yes, we have two computerized quilting machine with thousands of patterns to choose from and a quick turnaround time. We also offer an assortment of batting from Quilter's Dream if you would like us to supply the batting for your quilt.
Q. How do I get a quote for Longarm quilting?
A. Just give us a call, send us an e-mail, or come to the Shoppe!
Our phone number is (760) 881-4025 and our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How do I prepare my quilt top for Longarm quilting?
1. Measure across each side of your top and down the center.
2. Add these three numbers together.
3. Divide this number by 3. This is the length of your side borders.
4. Cut to length, pin (easing in any fullness), and sew.
5. Repeat process for the width. Your top will turn out so much better when you follow a few simple steps :)
The sides of my quilt top measure 65” on the right, 65 ½” on the left and 66” down the center. I add these numbers together and come up with 196 ½”. When I divide this number by 3, I get 65 ½”. This is the length I need to cut my side borders.
After pinning, sewing, and pressing my side borders I need to repeat the process to determine the size needed for my top and bottom borders. Including the side borders I just applied, my top measures 56” across the top, 55 ½” across the bottom and 56” across the center. I add these numbers together and get 167 ½”. When I divide this number by 3, I get 55.8333”. This is a little confusing but I can see by comparing my numbers that the length I need to cut my top and bottom borders is rounding up to 56”. Cut it, pin it, sew it and press it. Congratulations! Your top is finished and ready for your longarmer!
Q. How do I make a pieced backing?
A. So you finished your quilt top and it looks great but your finished quilt top measures 56” x 72” and your backing fabric is only 44” wide. No worries, here’s what to do:
Cut two pieces of 44” wide yardage 64” long (56” for your quilt top + 8”). Pin the pieces together along opposite selvedges (so any patterns in the print are going in the same direction). Sew the pieces together using a 1½” seam. Backstitch at the beginning, end, and a few times down the line of stitching to ensure a strong seam. Now trim your seam down to about 1/2" (removing the selvedges along the seam). The selvedges along the outside edges of your backing can remain. Carefully cut off the selvedges with scissors or line up your seam at ½” on your favorite ruler and mat and use your rotary cutter. Press your seam to one side. Your finished backing should now measure 64” by approximately 85”, perfectly sized for your top :)
For larger quilts, add more pieces or purchase 108” fabric for your backing.