Preparing Your Quilt
Please follow these guidelines for preparing your Quilt Top, Backing, or Batting, and your quilt will look better, and you’ll save money!
If you prewashed the fabrics in your quilt top it is highly recommended that you prewash your backing fabric also.
- Batting and backing must be at least 3” – 4” larger than the quilt top on all sides (6-8” taller and 6-8” wider).
- Backing must be square and properly seamed together. We can’t guarantee that backings and tops will be perfectly centered. We will do our best, but recommend that you piece our back asymmetrically, or use a 108” wide back.
- We will not accept sheets as backing fabric. They have a higher thread count and can be very difficult to stitch through.
- Quilt top and backing must be received in as separate layers.
- Square and press your top as you piece it.
- Be sure all pieced seams are completely sewn together, trimmed, and pressed flat.
- Press seams well. Be sure the top lies flat. Ripples and “puffy” places will not necessarily quilt flat. Take care that the borders do not ripple and wave.
- The top should be free of pins and embellishments such as buttons and beads.
- Clip all loose threads. They will show through light fabrics and might damage the quilt if they “catch” during the quilting process.
- Quilt top should be trimmed down to final finished size. We will not cut or trim a quilt top.
- We recommend stay-stitching or back-tacking seams around the edge of your quilt.
- Use one safety pin to mark the top of the quilt if the quilt is directional.
- If you would like us to match thread color to a specific fabric color, please let us know.
- We supply a variety of thread colors, including variegated. We use Glide thread by Fil-tec or Omni by Superior thread.
- You may choose to use any color for the bobbin, we will usually match the thread.
- If a darker bobbin thread is chosen, you will see very small “pokies” on the top of the quilt, it is not due to incorrect tension, it is the locking of the stitches together. They usually disappear after the quilt is washed and dried.
- We do not trim quilts after they are quilted.
Our prices are based on the size of your quilt and complexity of the pattern.
We charge by the square inch. To figure the square inch of your quilt top, measure the width and the length and multiply them together. This will give you the total square inches of your quilt. Then multiple the total square inches by the type of quilting you request. Example: A quilt which measures 80 x 80 = 6400 square inches x .0175 (1.75¢ per square inch) = $112.
We charge by the square inch in several different categories.
Edge to Edge—1.5¢ – 3¢ per square inch
- Large, loose edge to edge quilting: 1.5¢ per square inch
- Medium sized loose edge to edge quilting: 1.75¢ per square inch
- Large, intricate edge to edge quilting: 2¢ per square inch
- Medium, intricate edge to edge quilting: 2.5¢ per square inch
- Small edge to edge quilting: 3¢ per square inch
Semi-Custom—2.5¢ – 5¢ per square inch
- Large, loose edge to edge quilting + separate border: 2.5¢ per square inch
- Medium sized loose edge to edge quilting + separate border: 2.75¢ per square inch
- Large, intricate edge to edge quilting + separate border: 3¢ per square inch
- Medium, intricate edge to edge quilting + separate border 3.5¢ per square inch
- Small edge to edge quilting + separate border: 5¢ per square inch
Custom—5¢ per square inch and up
Choosing A Quilting Design
Our design library will be back soon!
We carry the following high-quality battings
- Dream Blend for Machines (Cotton/Poly Blend) – 93″ wide ($10/yard) or 120″ Wide ($13/yard)
- Dream Wool – 93″ Wide ($13/yard)
- Dream Wool Select – 93″ Wide ($8/yard)
Piecing backing fabric – $10.00 per seem
Variegated/Specialty thread charge – $2 per bobbin