Is your quilt top mostly dark colors or have a lot of white?
Does the recipient live in a cold or warm climate?
Do you expect the quilt to get a lot of use, or is it a display piece?
Are you looking for a lot of poof, or loft?
Did you pre-wash your top and backing?
Will your quilting be more open or dense?
Are you looking for warmth or weight?
Is the recipient prone to allergies?
Think about whether you want your thread to blend or contrast with your quilt top.
Blended thread can really highlight the quilting pattern when combined with a high loft batting, whereas contrast thread can be distracting from the quilt top.
Conversely, blended thread can become so blended that the quilting is lost in your top, and contrast thread can really compliment the quilt top by adding another color element.
If your top has many different colors, consider a neutral color that takes on an almost chameleon color.
Variegated threads are also a great option.
The thread color for your top and bottom should match to reduce 'pokeys', (when the bobbin thread shows through on your quilt top).
Cutting your fabric on bias will produce a stronger binding, though it's not necessary.
It is recommended to make a bias binding for quilts with scalloped or otherwise curved edges.
Be sure to thoroughly read through and follow the instructions provided to you when registering for the show.
Remember to give credit to your longarm quilter when entering your finished quilt in a show, and, if it was a computerized pattern, give credit to the pattern and/or designer. If your quilt was finished here at Heartbeat, we can find this information for you.