CaVernJo

Longarm Quilting Services by Carole Graham

Services and Pricing

Prices are based on the size of your quilt and the complexity of the pattern.  The basic quilting charge is by the square inch (sq in).  To figure the square inches of your quilt top, measure and multiply the width by the length to get the total sq in of your quilt, then multiply the sq in by the price for the type of quilting you want.  There is a $7.00 Setup charge and a $3.00 per Bobbin fee for most all quilts (except something very small like a table runner, where these fees might be waived).  If your quilt top is less than 2000 square inches, there is a $35.00 Minimum quilting fee.

Examples:  For a 60” by 72” quilt with a simple Edge to Edge pattern over your entire quilt in one thread color, the price would be 60 X 72 = 4320 sq in.  4320 X .02 (two cents per sq in) = $86.40, plus $7.00 Setup and $3.00 per Bobbin.  The number of Bobbins used depends on the complexity and tightness of the pattern and the number of colors.  If three bobbins were used for this example, the total price would be $86.40 basic quilting + $7.00 setup + $9.00 bobbin = $102.40.   For a small 36” by 48” lap quilt, figure 36 X 48 = 1728 sq in.  1728 X .02 = $34.56 so the $35.00 minimum would apply.  If one bobbin was used for this example, the total price would be $35.00 basic quilting + $7.00 setup + $3.00 bobbin = $45.00. 

Types of Quilting Service*

*Quilting Service Prices at right do not include Setup or Bobbin Fees

Simple Edge to Edge ($.02 per square inch) – This is one simple pattern over your entire quilt with one thread color.

Semi-Custom ($.03 - $.045 per square inch) – This is a combination of a simple overall design along with some custom borders, corners, or sashing with one thread color.  Price varies with complexity.

Custom ($.05 per square inch and up) – Custom Quilting prices vary and are determined on a case by case basis.  Anything other than Edge to Edge patterns are considered Custom (e.g., block by block, multiple borders, multiple thread colors, heavy stitching, point to point designs, echoing, avoiding appliques, special fabrics, T-shirt quilts, etc.)  We do not accept heirloom or antique quilts.

Other Service Pricing Information

You Provide quilt tops, backs, & batting.

You choose the quilting pattern from my Catalog.

Hanging Sleeves can be created and sewn on the back of your quilt for $30.00.

General work flow priority is first come, first serve.  Please negotiate any special deadlines up front.

I Provide thread, needles, and quilting.

No general repairs, but if a problem is discovered during quilting (crooked seams, loose appliques, unfinished backs), the charge is $20 a repair/$10 a seam.

4th Qtr Hiatus:  I usually do not accept new work for completion during October – December so I can prepare for holiday craft shows.

Preparing Your Quilt for Longarm Machine Quilting

Press all seams accordingly as you are piecing.

Make sure all seams are secure.

Clip all loose or long thread tails on the front and back of the top.  Dark threads may shadow under lighter fabrics.

Puckers, tucks, and fullness cannot be quilted out.  I will do the best I can if these issues are encountered, but if repairs are needed there will be an additional charge.

Remove all pins.

If your quilt top or back is directional, mark the top (which way is up) with a safety pin.

Press the top from the front side, taking care not to stretch or distort the fabric.

 

If your quilt top or back is directional, mark the top (which way is up) with a safety pin.

Press the top from the front side, taking care not to stretch or distort the fabric.

Your quilt should be as square as possible.  I will center and square the top to the machine and back fabric.  Understand that I try to keep all quilt tops as square as possible.

Cut fabric on the length of fabric in one piece to ensure the best results for your borders, removing selvages prior to cutting borders. (A selvage is an edge produced on fabric during manufacture to prevent it from unraveling on the bolt.)

Please do not layer, pin or stitch the top, batting, and backing together as they are loaded on the machine individually.

Backing & Batting

Backing needs to be 4” to 6” larger on each side than the quilt top.  For example, a 60” X 60” quilt top would have a backing that is at least 68” X 68”. The additional backing is needed to be pinned to the canvas leaders on the long arm quilting machine frame.

If seaming your backing (more than one piece), it helps stay stronger is you shorten your stitch length and use a 1” seam width.  Press the seam open.

Square your backing and remove the selvages as best you can.

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Square your backing and remove the selvages as best you can.

Customers should provide their own batting. If batting is not provided, we will use Warm and Natural products at a charge of $15/yd.

Make sure the batting is at least 4” larger than the top on all sides, similar to the backing to work properly on the frame.

Threads

I supply a variety of thread colors from Superior Thread, including variegated.

If you would like me to match thread color to a specific fabric, please pin it with a note.

You may choose a color for the bobbin. I usually match the back of the quilt or the top thread.

If a darker bobbin thread is chosen, you will see very small “pokies” on the top of the quilt; it is not due to incorrect tension.  They usually disappear after the quilt is washed and dried.

Quilting Patterns

Meandering is a free-motion quilting of a free form pattern, AKA “stippling.”

Pantograph is a pattern that is repeated across the quilt, AKA “Edge to Edge” pattern.

 

 

Custom Block and Side designs may be chosen for showing off certain pieces at an additional fee.