Here are some of our most asked questions and their answers, but if you don't find what you are looking for here, feel free to contact us!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your turnaround time?
I schedule my quilting time in advance. Depending on how many orders I already have in place, there may be a delay from the time you put your name on the list until the time I am ready to work on your quilt. However, when you call or email me to discuss your quilting project, I will give you an estimated time when it will be completed.
I would also be more than happy to work with you if you need a quilt for a special occasion. Please understand that it will be necessary to charge extra for a rush order.
How do you figure cost?
My quilting fees are determined by the number of square inches in the quilt. Multiply the quilt length by its width and then multiply that number by the cost of the quilting. Be sure to include any other costs/fees such as specialty thread, pressing, binding, batting, etc. Finally, please include the cost of shipping and insurance if you will not be picking up your quilt.
For a Quilting Cost Estimator as well as my charge per inch for different services, click here.
All payments are due in full upon completion of the quilt. If you do not live in the area, I must receive your check before I ship the quilt back.
What type of batting do you prefer?
Although I can use almost any type of batting in my machine. I prefer Quilters Dream 70/30 and 100% cottons. These batting's are not only excellent quality, they hold together well and quilt beautifully. Plus, they aren't "puffy" which means that there is much less chance of puckers and wrinkles in the finished quilt.
You can certainly provide your own batting or if you prefer, I would be happy to provide batting for you.
Just be sure that the batting (and the backing) are at least 4" bigger than the quilt top on all four sides. See "How to Prepare Quilt".
Do I need to pin or baste my quilt together?
No, I will pin all three layers to different rollers as I "load" the quilt to my machine.
What is machine quilting? Longarm Quilting?
Technically, machine quilting is any quilting done with a sewing machine versus being done by hand.
Sometimes veteran quilters toss around quilting terms, without really explaining them. Here are some of the words that new quilters often need to have explained.
Machine Quilting Definintions
Approximately 4-6" spaced machine quilting stitches horizontal, rows repeat every 6” or so, used for hand quilting.
BINDING BY HAND:
2 1/4" folded fabric machine stitched to front of quilt, folded around to back of quilt and hand stitched to back with mitered corners.
BINDING BY MACHINE:
2 1/4" folded fabric machine stitched to back of quilt and folded to front and machine stitched to quilt front very close to edge of binding material.
Two sets of parallel diagonal lines crossing one another to create a diagonal gridwork, sometimes used around appliqué.
Quilting designed to fit the quilt top itself, can be stitch in the ditch, motifs to fit block areas, echo quilting, crosshatching, outline stitching, etc. Quilting designs are chosen according to the fabrics, design of the quilt and quilt style.
1/4" spaced repeating quilting used around appliqué or pieced work.
Quilting a pantograph pattern over the entire quilt from edge-to-edge.
Heart shaped forms on both sides of a main stem, can be round, heart shaped, freeform, and can be used to fill an area and on borders.
No pattern is used, the quilter moves the machine as in drawing, can be textures such as water, wood, or can be feathers, flower designs, and overall fills, there are many designs to choose from and are chosen to match the fabrics, style and design of the quilt top.
Dense custom quilting, usually containing stippling, motifs, and patterns to fit the quilt top. Very heavy quilting. Show quality finish with no lock offs, all hand tied.
Continuous curving line can be small to large, used as overall pattern or in specific areas of the quilt.
Coordinating design pattern used to fill an area of the quilt such as a block.
Overall continuous repeating lines of patterns in rows over entire quilt, creating a unified look.
Tiny meandering, continuous motion, used around appliqué, areas you wish to have a raised appearance. Usually less than 1/4" spacing between stippling lines.
STITCH IN THE DITCH:
Quilting in the seams of the pieced work of a quilt.
Raised areas in the quilting design, with additional batting behind these areas.