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Q. Where are you located?

A. Tops and Bobbins is online only.
In addition to our website, you can find us on Facebook @

Q. When are you open?
Tops and Bobbins is online only.

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 batting if you would like us to supply the batting for your quilt.

Q. How do I get a quote for Longarm quilting?
Just give us a call, or send us an e-mail.
Our phone number is (760) 881-4025 and our e-mail address is

How do I prepare my quilt top for Longarm quilting?
A. To ensure your finished quilt looks its best it is important to remember a few things:

  • The top, backing, and batting of your quilt should not be basted together. Each layer will be loaded onto the quilting frame separately.
  • Make sure your backing and batting are 6-8 inches longer and wider than your quilt top.
  • Press your quilt top and backing and make sure seams are lying flat.
  • Trim all loose threads from your seam allowances.
  • If your quilt top (or backing) is directional, please indicate which side is the top of your quilt.
  • PLEASE make sure any borders are applied correctly! Wavy or crooked borders can detract from the beauty of a carefully pieced quilt top. Extra fullness will not "quilt out" and there may be tucks in the quilting. To help prevent problems, measure the length and width of your quilt top before cutting and sewing on your borders.

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:

*Please remove selvedges from your fabric before piecing.
Cut two pieces of 44” wide yardage 64” long (56” for your quilt top + 8”). Pin the pieces together ensuring that any patterns in the print are going in the same direction. Sew the pieces together using a ½” seam. Backstitch at the beginning, end, and a few times down the line of stitching to ensure a strong seam. Press your seam open or 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.


Company Info
        • Phone:
        • (760) 881-4025
        • Visit us on FACEBOOK
          • Mailing Address:                   
          • PO Box 1349
            Washington UT 84780