I had so much fun quilting this Stepping stones quilt for Kathy from the book Quilting Modern by @sewkatiedid Katie Pedersen and @jacquietps Jacquie Gering. I loved that it was quilted like @angelafmq Angela Walters did it for the book too 😍
"Oh, you just throw it on the machine and it quilts it?" Or "How long does it take to quilt a quilt?"
So I decided to write up the steps it takes to finish a quilt on a longarm machine. It is meant to be informative with a dose of humor thrown in for good measure.
Steps it takes to finish a quilt -
Load quilt Measure back to make sure it is at least 8” longer and wider than quilt top. You would be surprised how many are not as big as they should be to ensure a nicely finished quilt top. Determine if backing is directional for proper loading.
Make sure top and bottom edges are straight and square, trim if needed. Lots of attention is paid to how even the quilt top is and the quilt back is just as important.
Mark center of backing at the top and bottom edges. Pin bottom edge of backing onto leader carefully checking to be sure you have the wrong side facing the correct way, roll onto frame making sure back is straight and smooth as it is rolled, hoping you don't find any holes as it is loaded because that would require unloading and repair. Pin top edge of backing onto leader, roll onto frame, finish rolling until back is flat and smooth.
Place batting onto backing making sure it is smooth and flat.
Mark center of quilt top at top and bottom edges. Pin bottom edge of quilt top onto leader. Roll quilt top onto frame, smoothing and keeping straight as it is rolled.
Attach side clamps. Stitch a straight line across batting and backing at top edge, align top edge of quilt top with stitched line. Pin across top and sides, baste to quilt backing.
Set up design Open design chosen, check size of design, resize to correct size.
Set dimensions of quilt top. Fit design into dimensions of quilt top. Adjust rows to fill quilt dimensions.
Save design to continue if quilt takes more than one day to finish or in case of any problems (power outage! etc.) Start Quilting first row/s. Each row can take between 10-60 minutes depending on complexity of design.
Check tension, top and back when each row starts.
Advance rows Remove/adjust side clamps so quilt can be advanced. Mark a spot in center of quilt so design can be advanced along with the quilt as the finished rows are rolled.
Check back of quilt after each advance to make sure it is still flat and smooth, no sagging or wrinkles. Baste sides of top so machine doesn't get caught under edge of quilt top and do damage.
Continue quilting rows, (praying you don't get near the end of the quilt and find a block with the seams facing out! Yikes, now what?) and checking tension on top and back.
Keep an eye on each row in case the bobbin runs out, you don't want the machine to stitch very far with an empty bobbin, trust me. Replace empty bobbins as needed, cleaning out lint in bobbin case each time to avoid clumps being stitched onto back of quilt, they are not attractive. Have bobbins pre filled and ready to go when one runs out.
Time to quilt the last row, remove pins from bottom edge of quilt where pinned to leader. Pin flat to quilt back, baste edges. Adjust last row of design if it needs to be shorter and pray the bobbin doesn't run out six inches before the end of the row. Phew almost finished.
Unload quilt Remove side clamps. Un pin bottom edge of quilt backing. Un roll finished quilt and un pin top edge of quilt backing. Inspect for quality, Front and back Photograph Fold nicely, invoice and contact customer for pick up.
Ballard Works building at 2856 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107,
very near the Ballard Locks.
I will work with you to choose the quilting design and thread to best compliment your quilt. All of our long-arm quilting services are completed on a Handi-Quilter machine.
Edge-to-Edge (Pantograph) – A single pattern is used over the entire quilt top. Many designs are available to enhance or compliment your quilt’s design. The price for edge to edge quilting is 2.5 cents per square inch. The minimum charge for edge to edge quilting is $55.
Custom – Specific placement of patterns in blocks, sashing, borders and setting triangles, echoing of patterns or stitch in the ditch ranges from 3-10 cents per square inch. Depending on complexity of design. The minimum charge for custom quilting is $75.
Non Long-arm Service/Sewing charge
Includes: preparing backing, pressing top and/or backing, securing outer seams if needed $22/hr. Other custom requests $25-35/hr.
Thread is included in the cost of quilting. We use the highest quality quilting threads. We have an array of colors including variegated and solid thread. An additional charge will be added for multiple thread color changes.
Batting can be purchased or you may provide your own as long as it is high quality. We have Warm & Natural 100% cotton, wool and other options.
Backing fabric should be AT LEAST 6-8 inches longer in both length and width than the front of the quilt. We will piece your backing if you choose. $22/hr. minimum charge $11
Our number one concern is for the proper care and safety of your quilt. The following tips help to insure the best result for your quilt.
Your quilt top and backing should be squared up and pressed and seams should lay flat.
Measure your quilt across the top, bottom and at the center. These three measurements should be the same. If they are not, there is the possibility that there will be puckers in your finished quilt.
Inspect all seams to ensure there are no gaps or holes. It is recommended to stay stitch ¼” from edge, around the quilt top to ensure seams do not pull apart.
Trim thread tales from top and remove pins buttons and other embellishments.
Binding is optional and is not included in the price of machine quilting. Binding is priced per linear foot measured all the way around the quilt. There are several options for binding finishes.
Basic binding with machine top-stitching on the front - $2.50 per linear foot.
Basic binding stitched to one side and finished by you - $1.75 per linear foot.
Hand finished binding, stitched onto the back of the quilt - $4.50 per linear foot.
Length of quilt in inches x Width of quilt in inches x .025 (for edge to edge designs) = estimated price (not including batting, tax and extra services) for example:
60” x 70” quilt: 60x70x.025 = $105
90” x 108” quilt: 90x108x.025 = $243
Minimum charges - $55 for edge to edge quilting, $75 for custom quilting.
Thank you for choosing I Sew Love Quilting to help you finish your quilting project. You can be confident we will provide quality workmanship in completing your quilt top professionally. We know how much time, effort and love goes into each quilt. Prices subject to change.
Fullness – Fullness and or puckers within a quilt and its borders cannot be quilted out. We cannot guarantee that puckers and tucks won’t be sewn in. In some cases excessive fullness in borders may result in the quilt corners not being square. The flatter your quilt top is, the better the finished quilt will be.
Mechanical – Please be aware that sewing machines including long-arm machines are mechanical devices. Although we do our utmost to ensure perfect results every time, on very rare occasions mechanical problems can occur which may cause minor damage to a quilt top and/or backing.
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I would love to help you finish your quilt tops, how many quilt tops do you have?
If you are like me, you have many un-quilted tops and many projects in progress too. I love to see all the variety of styles and color combinations of quilts that everyone brings to be quilted. They are lovely.
My address as of January 12, 2016
Ballard Works building at 2856 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107,