The Quilt Top:
- Make sure all seams are firmly sewn. Make sure you have no holes- the longarm needle may catch and tear your quilt.
- Make sure all pins are removed.
- Save embellishments for AFTER quilting. They may damage the longarm.
- If you are using a Heat N Bond type product for applique, please understand that I will only be able to quilt through 2 layers of it, so plan accordingly. I am not willing to damage my machine.
- Make sure the backing is 8″ wider and longer than the quilt top. This gives me 4″ on each side for wiggle room- which is important. But. . . bigger is not always better. I don’t need to wrangle a king size backing for a throw quilt.
- If you have pieced your backing, please follow all the guidelines for the top.
- PLEASE UNDERSTAND- I will do my best to line up the backing and the top according to your instructions, but there are no guarantees that the alignment will be perfect. In fact, I can almost guarantee it will NOT be perfect.
- I only carry 80/20 blend in my studio. If you want to use a different product, you will need to provide it.
- Make sure the batting is 8″ wider and longer than the top.
- Do NOT baste the layers. I will do that directly on the longarm.
Choosing a Quilting Design
This may be the most difficult part for you! Here are some ideas:
- Choose a coordinating theme- volleyballs are a great choice for a t-shirt quilt for a volleyball player. There are designs available for every sport and activity.
- If you have linear, straight line piecing a curvy quilting looks great. Straight line and geometric patterns are fun on curvy pieced tops.
- If your quilt top is busy, a simpler pattern will enhance it. Quilts with a lot of open space can handle “busier” quilting patterns.
I am happy to buy a quilting pattern to use on your quilt if I don’t already own what you like. Make sure you are choosing an Edge to Edge (E2E) or Border to Border (B2B) design and that you let me know how to find the design when filling out the “Longarm Request” form. Some of my favorite sites for designs are:
- Anne Bright Designs
- Wasatch Quilting
- Urban Elementz
Drop Off and Pick Up
Please fill out a “Longarm Request” by using the electronic form or the printable form BEFORE you drop off the quilt. Make sure your quilt is in a bag or tote with your name on it. Contact me by text at 801-310-9210 to set up a time for drop off. As soon as your quilt is finished, I will text you and we can arrange a time for pick up.
My minimum charge is $50.00 per quilt.
I charge $.0175 per square inch for most Edge to Edge designs. Heavily quilted designs will be $.02 per square inch. I charge $1.00 for each bobbin of thread used on the quilt. Most quilts use between 3-9 bobbins.
To estimate the cost of Edge to Edge computerized quilting:
Width of Quilt Top x Length of Quilt Top= Area
Area x Price per Square Inch= Cost + Bobbin charge= Approximate Cost of Quilt (Plus batting if necessary)
Here are the estimates for a heavily quilted and a regularly quilted 70″ x 70″ top with batting provided:
70 x 70= 4900 x .02= 98 + 8= $106 (plus tax)
70 x 70= 4900 x .0175= 85.75 + 5= $90.75 (plus tax)
The cost of batting purchased from me would be 78/36= 2.2 yards needed x $9.99 per yard= $21.98
Fixing Holes $5.00 per seam
Ric Rac Fee- $5 per linear foot (Ric Rac must be basted before quilting. This is a lot of extra work.
- Ironing $25 per hour
- Fixing Holes $5.00 per seam
- Adding leaders to “Too Small” Backings ($10 per side)