PREPARING YOUR QUILTAccuracy
Accuracy while creating your quilt top is the single most important issue to ensure the best results for machine quilting. The elements of the quilt (top, batting and backing) are secured to three rails which are exactly parallel to one another in addition to side clamps to stabilize the backing. For this reason, the top and backing must be square to ensure a satisfactory outcome.
Using fine, strong thread for piecing ensures accurate seam allowances, as well as pressing.Borders
- Borders that are not properly measured and applied may appear wavy (slightly too long), or pinched (slightly too short). In either case, quilting will not fix it. For accurate borders, measure your quilt in three places along the length - add these three measurements and divide by 3 to get the average. This is the length you should cut your side borders. Mark the center of the quilt side, and the center of the border - line up at the center point and pin every few inches along the whole length of the border, easing as necessary so the ends line up. Repeat the process for the top and bottom borders (now you are including the side borders in your measurements).
- If your Quilt does not have an outside border, we highly recommend that you "stay stitch" slightly less than ¼” around the edge of your entire quilt to ensure the seams do not pull apart. This stitching will be hidden once your binding is attached to the Quilt.
- Remove all pins, buttons, charms, sequins, couching, and any other embellishments from your Quilt Top. The sewing foot on the longarm quilting machine only has the clearance of a dime. That's not much room between the fabric and the sewing foot.
- Identify what you consider to be the top of your Quilt and the top of the backing fabric with a safety pin and a note attached.
- Trim all loose threads on the top and the underside of your Quilt top. Loose threads can get caught in the quilting process and the results would not be very pretty.
- The backing fabric must be 8" longer and 8" wider than the quilt top. In order for the machine head to reach the absolute edge of your Quilt top, I need the additional clearance of 4 inches on all sides of the Quilt top.
- The backing needs to be square. If purchasing a wide back fabric, I recommend tearing it at the size you need as cutting can leave one edge being at least 4 inches off square from the other edge. If the backing is not square the quilt may not lay nice after being quilted.
- Backing fabric should be 100% cotton, seamed if necessary, squared, and pressed with seam allowances pressed open.
If your backing is a very dark fabric, please consider a black or gray batting. Longarm machines require the use of very large needles, and even with the sharpest needle in the world, some batting may poke through to the back. To avoid white dots here and there showing through on your backing fabric, a dark batt may be just the answer.
NOTE: Torn versus cut edges - tearing the fabric for borders and backing can create a couple of problems - it can damage and distort the edge, and create raveling threads. However, with wide backing fabrics, tearing to square the backing is the method I prefer - please be sure that your cut yardage will allow for squaring by tearing.Finishing Touches:
Press quilt top and backing fabric well and trim all threads.Pricing
- There is a minimum charge of $35.00 regardless of the design choice.
- There is a $20 setup fee, plus Edge to Edge designs at $.015 per square inch.
- To estimate the price of quilting you will measure the width and length of your quilt top. If your quilt is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long you would do the following: 72x84=6048 square inches. Then multiply by .015. So 6048x.015=$90.72 plus $20 set up = $110.72
- All patterns are digital and can be resized from 4 inches to 20 inches. Each pattern is sized to match the specific needs of your quilt.
- Sewing your Backing fabric together is $15.00.
- Adding Leaders to your backing fabric is $10.00 per leader. (because your backing fabric is not 8 inches longer and 8 inches wider than your quilt top).
- If you mail your quilt top and back to me, the USPS return shipping charge will be added to your invoice.
- If you have a firm due date, please let us know. Rush fees may apply.
Normal Turnaround: 4-6 weeks