Long Arm Quilting and Services

Services include options to fit all budgets from edge to edge digitized pantographs to free hand/free motion custom quilting. 

 

Quilting Options

 

  • Pantograph - One (1) digitized edge to edge pattern that is quilted over the entire quilt regardless of piecing. 

  • Custom - Multiple designs customized to your quilt.  Design examples are stitch-in-the-ditch (SID), ruler work, fill work, and cross hatch.

 

Pantograph Quilting Patterns

 

There are so many pattern options available ranging from traditional to modern to novelty and from loose to dense.   The sites below have tons of pattern options or you may let me choose. 

 

Thread/Needle

All threads used are high quality.  I primarily use Superior Thread products with the standard thread for edge to edge quilting being Omni or So Fine.  I also carry specialty threads such as metallic, silk and variegated.  Also in my stash is Glide by Fil-Tec and InvisaFil by WonderFil to name a couple.  I favor finer threads ranging between 60 and 100 weight when custom quilting.  I use a new needle for each project; sometimes two (2) depending on the fabric and size of the quilt.

 

Batting

 

Hobbs 80/20 batting on a roll is available.  No Mountain Mist please.

 

Quilt Preparation

 

Prepare your quilt top for quilting will save you money and me time.  Consider quilt prep part of the piecing process.  A lot of time, money and love went into this top, a few more simple steps will go a long way.

 

  • Press your quilt top and backing.  The better the press the flatter it will lay.  Remove salvages on pieced backs.

 

  • Clip and remove all threads from both sides of the top and backing.  Threads are visible under light fabrics even after quilting.  I will not clip seam threads on the back side of the quilt unless specifically requested.

 

  • Square up your backing fabric. 

 

  • Directional tops and backing should be noted by attaching a safety pin to the top center edge of the quilt top and a safety pin to the backing top center edge.

 

  • The backing and batting need to be a minimum 4 inches larger than your quilt top on all four (4) sides for pantograph quilting.  And, I prefer, a minimum 5 inches larger than your quilt top on all four (4) sides for custom quilting.

 

  • Consider backing design when you chose your backing fabric as I match my bobbin thread to the top thread.  And, in most cases, the thread used to quilt your quilt will blend with your quilt top as much as possible.

 

  • Puckers and/or fullness in your quilt cannot be quilted out and will affect the end appearance.  Fullness can be caused by several things but the main reason is borders being attached incorrectly.  There are several YouTube videos out there on attaching borders.

  • Seams can pull apart when loading your quilt.  To alleviate this from happening, either, back stitch edge seams or stay stitch less than a ¼ inch from the edge of your quilt on all sides.

 

  • Embellishments like beads and buttons for example should be attached to the quilt after quilting.

 

 

Binding

 

Binding cut at either 2 ¼ or 2 ½ inches wide (your choice), folded and pressed in half.  The binding is machine sewn to the quilt front (straight edge only) and blind stitched to the back.

Binding cut either 2 ¼ or 2 ½ inches wide (your choice), folded and pressed in half.  The binding is machine sewn to the quilt front (straight edge only) for you to whip stitch to the back.

 

Binding cut, folded and pressed by you is machine sewn to the quilt front (straight edge only) for you to whip stitch to the back.

 

I love before and after quilting pictures.  It is so fun to see the transformation of a quilt through its’ quilting.  So, check out the blog as I will be blogging about some of them.  Don't want your quilt featured on social media?  No problem, let me know at in-take.  If you have any questions about my services, the process, etc., please feel free to contact me.