Custom Quilting and Edge to Edge Quilting
We provide professional computerized machine quilting using an APQS Millennium longarm quilting machine along with an Intelliquilter computerized quilting system. These machines together make it possible to have a consistent pattern from start to finish. We can do simple, computer-generated, edge to edge quilting or custom, block-by-block quilting. If we don’t have a pattern that you like available we can order one you do like. PREPARATION FOR CUSTOM QUILTING:No pinning or basting
Please do not embellish the top
with buttons or crystals before quilting.
Clip and remove all loose threads
from the back of the pieced top. They can get trapped between the top and batting and show through to the front of the finished quilt.Press, press, press
(not iron, which can stretch seams) seams flat on the quilt top. (I will press for a fee but not just as a rule.)Backing
needs to be at least 3 to 5 inches bigger on all sides than your top. For example, if your quilt top measures 50" x 60", you will need to add 6" to both of these numbers for a backing that measures 56" x 66". Slightly larger than this is okay, but please trim your backing down if it is excessively large. Extra length is usually not a problem, but excessive width may need to be cut down before we can longarm your quilt. We can cut down your backing, but it will incur an extra fee. If the back needs to be seamed together, the selvages must be removed from these seams. (Selvages can cause the machine to miss stitches.) You may leave selvages on the outside edges. Also press the entire backing and seams. ( We can also prep the backing for you for a fee.)Borders
should be flat. If not, this may cause tucks and pleats to fix the fullness. There are helpful instructions available to correctly measure and apply your borders to lesson the possibility of waves. It would be terrible to put all the hours into your quilt top to have the borders detract from the finished product. (Click here for a downloadable pdf about Applying Borders.)Batting
is available at the studio for purchase if you have not yet purchased batting. We carry Quilters Dream in two weights of cotton, 80/20, as well as two weights of polyester. We will help you pick out the batting best suited for you and your project. You can provide your own batting but we prefer it to be a cotton blend of good quality, in the appropriate size for your quilt. Please do not bring in king size batting for a throw size quilt. We can cut these down, but it will incur a fee.Thread
is available at the studio for a fee. It is important that the thread be one that will work with the machine so we prefer to use this thread. If we do not have the color you want we can order it.
We are able to make a custom label with a photograph. It is important to us that each quilt is documented on the back with the information of the maker, who it was made for or why it was made and also to name of the quilt or the pattern used in its construction.