Solving the quilting dilemma requires some level of a machine quilting service.
Either you have to try your hand at learning this skill or you can hire a reputable person to do the quilting for you.
You will quickly decide what you enjoy the most...piecing, applique, designing – or is quilting the best part of the project for you?
Answering the following questions is paramount before deciding on whether to quilt.
Pantograph or Edge-to-Edge Quilting:
With a pantograph, a design is quilted from one edge of the quilt to the other, and then repeated. A pantograph may also appear only in borders.
Any quilt design not taken Edge-To-Edge is considered custom quilting. Pantograph quilting is generally less expensive than custom quilting.
Custom (or free hand) Quilting:
This is any design not quilted edge-to-edge. The designs are more intricate and emphasize particular elements such as blocks, sections, or borders. Due to more extensive planning and longarm machine set-up, custom quilting is more expensive.
Many quilters will also use a combination of styles; pantograph on the interior, with a custom design on the border or vice versa.
A more dense and detailed version of custom quilting. Free hand quilted designs, small stippling, echo quilting, intricate feathers, grids and cross hatching, and multiple quilting designs on one top are typical of heirloom quilting.
Definitions as posted in "American Quilter" magazine, May 2008 "Choosing a Professional Quilter"
We are only a phone call away. Let us discuss your no-obligation quilting needs. We offer many quilting designs from which to select. If you don't find what you like we can design it for you. We listen and encourage your input.
I offer long arm computer quilting; using an HQ Fusion with the ProStitcher...I am able to handle any size top up to a king-size bedspread. I strive to do quality work and treat each quilt top as if it were my own...lots of TLC (tender loving care)! I also offer piecing of tops for a flat charge. If there is a great deal of detail we can work something out by the hour.
You provide the batting. I recommend Quilters Dream, Dream Blend or Warm and Natural. I stock these brands and will be happy to supply just the right amount. Please see the rate sheet for the various prices. If you have a special preference, we can discuss that too.
If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and see my work shop and samples of my work. You will be impressed.
All prices are negotiable as each quilt top is unique and one of a kind….
It is important to prepare your top by pressing it carefully and removing all loose threads on the front and back. If a machine quilting service has to remove an extensive amount of threads it will most likely result in an extra fee.
The quilt backing should be seamed with a half inch seam, and be at least 6 inches larger than your top in both width and length.
If the backing is seamed please remove the salvages, press the seam open, and run the seam horizontal. One can understand that all these steps is for the "one who pieces" rather than the one who "quilts".
If you prefer to provide your own batting be sure it is 4-6 inches larger than the top in both directions.
You might want to get a clearance from the quilter with what type of batting you prefer as there are pros and cons for each of them.
I prefer not to use a low grade batting but most of the others can be worked with. Remember that the top thread color and bobbin thread color is the same.
I quilt with King Tut Thread or top quality thread…I have a variety of variegated threads on hand.
Note: You loose approximately 3-5 % "take-in" when sewing out any quilt pattern.
Alice, your quilts, to say the least, are a big hit; A HUGE HIT. My mother-in-law, Jeff's mom, was just floored, astounded, and delighted. I took all three quilts for my 67-year-old mother and almost 91-year-old grandmother to look at, both of whom have quilted before, and they were blown away.
They are particularly picky people, too. My grandmother kept saying, "I have never seen anything like this! She knows her stuff!” She even wanted me to take pictures of them to show the family at Easter. They are gorgeous and just so wonderful. That said, I think I am going to ask you to make ONE MORE QUILT for me. Thank you so much again. Website looks wonderful.
I am going to post the pictures on my FB this week along with your website info so people can contact you if they want a quilt too. I know I won't be the only one that will want one!
Thanks Again, Kim
I bought the pattern from you for the Alec's Civil War quilt and it is coming along great. But I have 1 question, did you quilt through the screen printed soldier pictures or just quilted around them. Thank You,
I saw on the yahoo group that you are going to post the pattern. Thanks!!! I really like your patterns. I have already printed out a couple of them.
This is like being in a candy shop for me. I love quilting, hand quilting that is, and I have looked every were for paterns and designs. Please send me a catalog or a way to order templates etc...Ruby
I am a beginning quilter and find your site great!
Thanks for a great website. Looking forward to the other Sunbonnet and Sam patterns. My youngest grandson is named Sam so that is my next quilt!
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