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”to 4”larger than the quilt top on all sides (6-8” taller and 6-8” wider). 
  • Backing must be squared 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.
  • 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, especially if you have bias edges around the 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 thread by Fil-Tec, Superior Threads & Madeira.
  • You may choose to use any color for the bobbin, we usually match the threads—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 inchs 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—1.75¢ - 3¢ per square inch
  • Large, loose edge to edge quilting: 1.75¢ per square inch
  • Medium sized loose edge to edge quilting: 1.85¢ 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 

**Custom and free motion quilting services are limited to quits 93” wide or less. Edge to edge quilts are limited to 120” wide or less.**

HOLIDAY DEADLINE IS OCT 1! Quilts that are brought in after that date may not be finished before the holidays and are subject to a 20% rush fee. 

Other Charges


We carry the following high-quality battings

  • Dream Blend for Machines (Cotton/Poly Blend) – 93″ wide ($13.99/yard) or 120″ Wide ($17.99/yard)
  • Dream Wool – 93″ wide ($13.99/yard) or 120″ Wide ($17.99/yard)

Piecing backing fabric – $10.00 per seem

Variegated/Specialty thread charge – $2 per bobbin 

We repair all sewing machines, quilting machines, embroidery machines and sergers.When was the last time you had your sewing machine in for preventive maintenance?Sewing machines, sergers, and embroidery machines should all be cleaned, oiled, adjusted, and tension balanced on a regular basis for trouble free use.Most problems and expensive repairs are prevented by this service. This service, called “COA” (Clean Oil & Adjust), needs to be performed by a factory trained repair person and is recommended at least once a year for active use and once every two years for occasional use.Free estimates are available. Service takes about 10 business days unless parts are needed.We back all of our repairs with a 30 day guarantee on labor.We repair and service all sewing machines, quilting machines, embroidery machines and sergers including the following manufacturers:

  • Baby Lock
  • Handi Quilter
  • Bernina
  • Brother Sewing Machines
  • Elna USA
  • Husqvarna Viking
  • Janome – New Home
  • Kenmore
  • Montgomery Ward
  • Necchi
  • Pfaff
  • Riccar America
  • Simplicity
  • Singer
  • White

Items to bring in with machine for service.

  • Foot control/ power cord
  • Bobbin case
  • Bobbin
  • Regular zig/zag foot

Embroidery Machines bring a hoop, embroidery foot, and design for sew off if none built in.If problem occurs during embroidery please bring: Embroidery module and Embroidery foot.Items to leave at home.

  • Instruction books
  • Accessories and extra feet
  • Soft covers


Regular maintenance: $75 – COA (Clean, oil and adjust) —Free if your machine is covered under a Baby Lock Love of Sewing or Gold Standard Program!

Serger maintenance: $85 HQ Longarm maintenance: $199

Additional Repair Services:  $30/hour+ Parts

Longarm Rental

Tired of wrestling with big quilts on your home machine? Finish your own quilts easily and quickly by renting time on a longarm at Quilt Elements! 

HQ Sweet Sixteen Sit-Down Longarm – $15/hour. Please have your quilt basted before arriving, or ask about our basting service. 

 1 hour minimum rental time

Free Motion Stand-Up Longarm 

HQ Simply Sixteen – $20/hour – Please have your quilt basted before arriving, or ask about our basting service. 

HQ Amara 20” Longarm – $25/hour

HQ Forte 24” Longarm – $25/hour

2 hour minimum rental time

HQ Pro-Stitcher Computerized  Longarm

HQ Amara 20” Longarm – $35/hour

HQ Forte 24” Longarm – $35/hour

2 hour minimum rental time

Please schedule your rental 48 hours prior to your desired time. Rental time is only during normal business hours. Schedule is on a first come, first served basis. Changes or cancellations made less than 24 hours before rental time will be subject to a $20 fee. 

In lieu of a longarm certification class, your first 2 hours of rental on stand-up machines will be a 1 on 1 training session, using a sample quilt sandwich, so you can learn to load a quilt, practice skills, and take care of the machine. The sweet sixteen requires no training.  All rentals include Glide or Premo-Soft thread, use of machine and accessories, including needles, pins, bobbins, leader grips, ruler base, shop owned rulers, etc. You may use any of the patterns on our Pro-Stitchers, if renting time a Pro-Stitcher machine.

What isn’t included: Backing & Batting (We sell a variety of wide backings, as well as Quilter’s Dream batting). If you have a specific pattern for the Pro-Stitcher that we don’t have, you may purchase it and bring it in on a personal flash drive. Variegated and metallic thread is available for a $2/bobbin fee. 

Use of a brand of thread not sold by Quilt Elements must be approved. The rental fee will not be reduced if you do not use our thread. Quilt Elements reserves the right to reject any fabric, batting or backing on our machines. Bedsheets (with the exception of flannel) are not acceptable for backings due to their high thread counts. This prevents damage, costly repairs and/or part replacement, and makes your quilting experience as successful as possible. By using quality thread, needles and other materials, we can keep our rental machines in top shape for you to use! 

How much time should I schedule?  This will change depending on what you are quilting on your quilt but generally: 

Baby/Lap – 2-3 hours

Twin or full – 3-4 hours

Queen – 3 1/2 – 5 hours

King – 4 hours+ 

What if I don’t finish in one session?  If there isn’t another renter waiting to use the machine, extend your time. If there is a renter  waiting, or it is closing time, use leader grips to attach the quilt to the frame, so we can snap the quilt of the frame, and snap it back on for your next session. No zippers, no pins! 

Book your appointment by calling 715.292.6524 or emailing [email protected].