Your quilt top should be pressed well from the topside during piecing. This eliminates little folds that can form from the back. Borders that are not measured and attached properly will have a profound affect on the quilting. Too short will result in a baggy quilt center that may have puckers or pleats in the quilt center. Too long and they will flare and ripple resulting in puckers and pleats in the border.
Trim all threads from the backside of the quilt. The threads from piecing or raveling can sometimes shadow through on lighter fabric areas. We will do our best to check for these, but once the quilt is quilted these are almost impossible to remove.
Your quilt top should be clean, pressed and squared up with no uneven edges. Please DO NOT baste or pin quilt layers together. In order to put the quilt on the machine the pieces need to be separate.
Your quilt backing must be at least 4" larger than the quilt top on all sides. It may be a single piece (we carry fabrics 108" to 120" wide) or can be one that you have pieced together. Press your seams open and backstitch each seam when piecing your back together. Make sure your quilt back is square. Please do not bring a sheet.
We recommend a better quality quilt batting. It must be 3" larger than the quilt top on all sides. Lesser quality batting's have uneven density, are too fragile, shred in handling, may beard or have too high a loft and may spoil your quilt. Batting in bags are VERY distorted and can cause bumps, creases or an uneven finished quilt. We offer rolls of top quality 100% Cotton, 80/20 and 100% wool.
We have many thread colors to choose from. If we do not have the right color, we will be happy to order it for you. Because threads used by long arm machines are specially designed for high-speed quilting, we cannot use thread that you provide.
If we are binding your quilt, please provide us with 1 yard of fabric. All unused fabric will be returned to you.
There is no minimum size, however I do have a minimum price of $45.00 for the amount of time it takes to set everything up. The maximum size I can fit on my machine is a California King.
The turn around time for our Quality workmanship is a 4-6 week schedule.
I provide a FREE consultation to discuss all of your quilting options. You can view a variety of samples, as well as, look through the patterns I have available.
I have thousands of quilting patterns, as part of your consultation we will go over the general ideas of what you would like as far as simple or intricate designs (simple patterns take far less time than a dense or intricate pattern). Once that is decided upon you can select from my book of patterns and choose what you would like.