Preparing a quilt for longarm quilting is different than for quilting on a domestic machine. These are some things that I have found helpful to know. The backing should be at least 4-6 inches larger than the top on ALL sides and it should be "squared up"--by that I mean there should be a straight edge on all four sides and not have a wonky parallelogram thing going on or jagged edges.
To create a nice smooth back with a pieced backing use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and press the seam open remembering to cut off the selvage edge out of the seam as that might wash different than the rest of the fabric.
No pins or basting tacks are needed for the process. Please have the quilt top and back as two separate pieces.
To ensure that no seams come apart on the outer edge of the quilt top, it is nice to have a row of stay stitching about 3/8 inch from the edge, this is especially helpful if there is no border.
Having a work order sheet filled out will help both of us know what is decided for your quilt top. Find download link at bottom of page.
Last of all--if you have any questions please ask, as communication is vitally important that we see the same thing for your quilt to be able to turn it into the work of art that it deserves.
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My APQS Millenium quilting machine is completely hand guided by me, there is no computer involved. Free handing designs is my specialty and I am game to trying most anything or to learn something new if it will compliment your quilt.
I have over 25 years of award winning quilting experience along with an extensive library of design books. So together we should be able to come up with something to make your quilt top a treasure to you for years to come.
Prices for quilting are calculated according to the square inches of your quilt. To figure the total cost for quilting--take the width of the quilt times the length and multiply that total by your per inch price. Superior thread is included in the per inch price.
Allover Quilting - starting at $0.0125/sq inch
Sometimes these are called "edge to edge" designs because they don't follow the block or border designs for the quilt. They just cover the entire quilt in a design that compliments the quilt. The minimum charge for this service is $35.00
Custom Quilting - starting at $0.0225/sq inch
This might include stitch in the ditch (if required), separate border and block treatments and generally a more specific type quilting. The minimum charge for this service is $50.00.
Several blends of Quilter's Dream batting in stock to choose from or bring your own.
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