Long-Arm Quilting Services
Mo has been quilting for her students and customers for 19 years, and is happy to offer this service to you. Quilting time is currently 4-5 weeks and Mo can quilt custom free-hand or use a favorite pantograph. If you have your own long-armer you enjoy, please stay loyal to her. But if you don't....give me a call at 206-909-0723 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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"Thanks again for that work of art you call a quilt."
"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the quilts you quilted for me!!"
"I absolutely love the floral quilting you did on my quilt. I've told all my friends about you." "I am so happy with both of the quilts you quilted for me. I will definitely be back with more tops soon."
Cost: There are typically two methods of pricing for quilting services: either by the square inch, or by the hour. I have chosen to charge $40 per hour, with an average lap-twin sized quilt taking approximately 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hrs. Customers have been happy with the quilting and I can provide you with references for the work. Minimum fee is two hours.
Sizes: Table runners, wall-hangings, and quilts up to 120" wide. Isn't that awesome!
Below are some tips and pointers for helping us to quilt your top the very best we can:
- Please bring a backing fabric that is at least 3" larger on all sides than the size of your top. This is important because the top and bottom edges of your back is pinned to a leader and I need that extra space for the rollers. The sides need to be larger than the quilt top because I use tension clamps on those sides to keep your quilt taut. It's better to clamp onto the extra back than onto the top (trust me). Additionally, as stitches progress across, up, and down through the layers, there's a subtle shift in the backing and batting as it's pulled together with the top...It's so much better to have too much backing and batting than too little.
- If you need to seam your backing to make it large enough, then seams that are placed horizontal are best, but not required. Vertical seams work too, just need a little extra attention through the quilting process. If you can do a 1" seam, pressed open, then you will be happier with the finished look. If your seam involves the selvedges, then be sure to trim them off.
- Trim the top and bottom edges of the backing so they are straight. These two edges are attached directly to the leaders on the frame and are responsible for keeping your back straight and in-line with your top. If you forget to trim, then I will do it for you (but it could cost you extra time).
- If your backing is directional, pin a note on the top. I would be as devastated as you if I loaded it wrong.
- FYI: Minky and fleece backings are great and I love to quilt on them!
- You are welcome to bring your own batting, or you can use my batting: I carry Warm & Natural and Warm & Natural Plush at $11.00 per yard (90" wide).
- I also carry washable wool at $15.00 per yard. It's amazing!
- Cut your batting an extra 3" larger on all sides than your quilt top. If you choose to prep your batting before quilting, then please cut it at least 3 1/2" - 4" larger on all sides to allow for the shrinkage.
- Should you prep your batting? Batting will shrink in your quilt approximately 3% when washed. If you like the "crinkly" look for your quilt, then do not prep your batting. But if you prefer the nice, smooth look, then you may wish to prep the batting before quilting.
- If you would like to use the Studio batting but would like it prepped, I can do that for you for a $15 charge for single batting, or $20 charge for double batting.
- If you would like to prep your batting on your own prior to quilting, then here's how: fill up the tub in the last rinse cycle of your washing machine with cold water and submerge your batting. Be sure to push it down in the water so it gets saturated, and let it soak for at least an hour (you want it as wet as possible). After a good soak, spin the batting dry. DO NOT ALLOW BATTING TO BE AGITATED IN THE WASHING MACHINE. Next, transfer to your dryer and using a warm/high heat, dry the batting. Pull out of the dryer as soon as done and fold nicely to prevent wrinkles and creases.
- If you are looking for an extra warm, extra full quilt, then consider double batting. This is a double layer of Warm & Natural, the Plush, and even the wool batting, and it's wonderful (just double the cost)! Ask to see a quilt in the Studio that has double batting.
Trim your threads on the underside of the quilt top so they don't peek through your lighter fabrics.
If you have numerous seams on the edges of your top, sew a close basting stitch around the outside edges of your top, or only through the seams that may pull apart with any tension.
If your quilt has a top and bottom, or directional design, please pin a note on the edge you would like to be the top.