Preparing Your Quilt For Machine Quilting
These are the things you need to do before you give me your quilt
-Square up back. If you fold it in half lengthwise it should match side to side and top and bottom without creasing.
-Remove selvage edges. This prevents puckering at the seams, as selvages are wound more tightly than the rest of the fabric.
-Back and batting should be 8 inches larger (4 inches wider and 4 inches longer on each side). Please double check. This allows me to position the clamps that hold the back in place without interfering with the area to be quilted.
-Iron all seams flat. If pressed flat they will not bend and twist when quilted. Press seams to prevent bulk, do this by alternating rows pressing to the right on one row and to the left on the next. Spin seams if you have intersections with build up of multiple layers.
-Clip all loose threads that can hang up the hopping foot. HOP HOP
-Check for open seams, these also hang up the hopping foot.
-No pins please. They will kill my machine and throw the timing into another dimension.
-Mark top center direction of quilting design, if design has a definite top.
-Mark top center of back, if needed, especially if it needs to match the top center of front.
-Make sure batting is 6-8 inches larger than the quilt top..
Also remember puckers, tucks and wrinkles can not be quilted out and will remain visible after machine quilting. This includes wavy borders also known as skirting as this will create some necessary gathering to ease in oversized borders. I usually notice this and return them to you to fix before I quilt or I may call to fix them on the machine, if severe.
Quilting Options with new pricing guidelines
Large Meander/Stipple at $19 per square yard
Pantographs-A paper pattern to follow that has the quilting design drawn on it, see separate page or search on line.
at $26 per square yard
Computer Guided at $26 per square yard/ more for heavy quilting designs.
Freehand at $30 per square yard
Stitch-In-the-Ditch, Outline to be priced as part of custom design
Semi-Custom-includes combination of custom, ruler-work and freehand and ranges in price depending on complexity and precision at $50 per square yard and up!
Mid Custom Border, Sash and Block
Heirloom- for those very special quilts that will be show stoppers. Please request this if you are entering quilt in a contest or for prize winning.
Binding- Sewing your pre-made binding to the top of the quilt only. You do the hand work. I do charge extra for this but well worth it on a large quilt. Make binding 2.5 inches wide folded and pressed in half. at $2 a linear foot around the perimeter of the quilt top.
If I have to seam the back the charge is $10 per seam.
I also charge to make the binding! Please have it ready for me.
Choose color thread and quilting design/ pantograph
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See Pantographs and Computer Guided Patterns
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