Other Frequently Asked Questions
Machine Quilting Terms? TOP
Edge to Edge: Also known as a Pantograph pattern. Edge to edge is a continuous line design that is quilted from one edge to the other, repeating in successive rows to cover the entire quilt, including borders. This is a subtle, economical and effective means of quilting.
Stippling/Meandering: An overall random pattern, which can vary in size depending on the quilt and customers preference. This can be used over the entire quilt or to enhance specific areas.
Custom Quilting: Anything, which cannot be considered edge to edge. The design is determined in consultation with the customer and may include all of the above techniques or custom designed patterns. Example: Block motifs, feathered borders, MacTavishing, sashing and background fillers. This option may require that the quilt be turned on the machine.
How do I prepare my Quilt Top for machine quilting? TOP
To get the best possible results for your quilt top, please:
• Check all seams for gaps or holes.
• Trim all loose threads
• Make sure the Quilt top is square
• Ensure the borders lay flat and are not wavy
• Press top so that it lays nice and flat
• Indicate top of quilt if necessary (directional fabrics)
• Battings and backings should be a minimum of 4 inches larger that the top on all 4 sides
• Backings should be pressed and squared. Removing the selvages prior to piecing prevents puckering of your backing.
• Do not pin or baste your layers together. Layers are mounted individually on the machine
Do I need to provide the Batting for my Quilt? TOP
You can provide your own batting for use with your quilt. If so, please ensure you follow the guidelines above when preparing your quilt for machine quilting. Batting must be larger than the quilt top to accommodate any shrinkage with the quilting process.
We stock several types of batting for your quilting needs.
Hobbs 80/20- Heirloom® Premium and Heirloom® Bleached Cottons
Heirloom® premium cotton blend is 80% unbleached cotton & 20% polyester, is lightly needle punched and lightly resin bonded. Heirloom® bleached is 100% bleached needle punched cotton. Both can be quilted by hand or machine up to 4” apart. Products are washable with shrinkage of 3-5%.
Hobbs 80/20 - 96" wide
Hobbs 80/20 - 120" wide
Hobbs 80/20 Black - 96" wide
Hobbs 80/20 White (Bleached) - 108" wide
Arctic CottonArctic Cotton is 80% unbleached cotton & 20% polyester, is lightly needle punched and lightly resin bonded.
Available in Black and Cream
Dream Cotton Quilter's Select -100% Pure Cotton Batting. We start with the finest USA natural and environmentally friendly cotton and specially processed Dream Cotton so that you can quilt up to 8" apart. No pre-washing necessary!
Dream Cotton Quilter's Select - 92" wide
Dream Cotton Quilter's Reserve -100% Pure Cotton Batting. We start with the finest USA natural and environmentally friendly cotton and specially processed Dream Cotton so that you can quilt up to 8" apart. No pre-washing necessary!
Dream Cotton Quilter's Reserve - 92" wide
Do I need to provide the Backing for my Quilt? TOP
You can provide your own backing for use with your quilt. If so, please ensure you follow the guidelines above when preparing your quilt for machine quilting. Backing must be larger than the quilt top to accommodate any shrinkage with the quilting process.
For your convenience, I we also stock a variety of wide-backs from which we can select the most appropriate colour and material to complement your quilt.
What do you charge for Quilting? TOP
The price charged for Longarm Machine Quilting services is dependent upon quilt size, thread type, quilting style and complexity of the pattern.
The different quilting styles offered include:
• Pantograph edge to edge
• Edge to Edge with separate borders
• Custom - Simple (no stitch in ditch, no background fills)
• Custom blocks/borders plus ditch work
• Heirloom Quilting
We charge $3.25 per square foot for basic edge to edge quilting. You can prepare a simple estimate for your quilt by multiplying the width of your quilt (in inches) by the height (in inches) and dividing the result by 144 to determine the square footage.
As a comparison:
0.0250 per inch equates to $3.60 per square foot.
0.0226 per inch equates to $3.25 per square foot
What additional charges can I expect? TOP
The loading and assembly as well as the standard threads used on your quilt are included in the basic quilting fees. Additional extras that could be added to your bill include:
• Basic Binding application – machine sewn on one side of the quilt, to be finished by client
• Binding application – machine sewn on one side plus hand sewn on other side
• Repairs - as required to fix damaged blocks, split seams etc
• Other Labour - as required to square the quilt or take in slack on sides to enable quilting etc
• Specialty Thread charges - in consultation with the client
• Thread Changes - an additional charge to change thread colours
• Piece and Square Backing - an additional charge to piece
• Rush Charge - in consultation with the client
• Shipping and handling - dependant upon shipping mode
When would you charge for thread? TOP
I offer a wide variety of colours in cotton and polyester - these are included in the price of the quilting. I also have a variety of decorative threads (Variegated and Metallic) are also available at an additional charge. These can add punch to your quilt and are particularly effective in all over patterns.
What do you charge for T-Shirt Quilts? TOP
The basic charge for a T-Shirt Quilt is by the T-Shirt block. This is an all-up charge and includes cutting and piecing the individual shirts into blocks, interfacing to stabilize the individual blocks, piecing the quilt, thread, backing fabric and batting, as well as quilting charges.
What additional charges can I expect for a T-Shirt Quilt? TOP
Additional charges include:
• small-block piecing - All T-Shirts must be cut into standard size blocks for assembly into the larger quilt. This is included in the basic quilt charge. However, you may wish several small crests from different shirts be combined into a single block. There is a small per-block fee for this extra piecing.
• shipping, handling and tax, as applicable
How many T-Shirts will I need? TOP
A T-Shirt quilt can be made in any size ranging from a small lap quilt to a King-size quilt. The usable area, free from neck and arm seams, must be 15 inches square. Shirts with less usable area must be pieced togther to make the required block size. When trimmed and assembled, the final size of individual quilt blocks will be 14 inches plus a 1-inch sashing for a total of 15 inches.
A basic requirement for your quilt is that it be square or rectangular in shape. Therefore as a general guide you would need:
3 x 3 = 9 shirt blocks
3 x 4 = 12 shirt blocks
4 x 4 = 16 shirt blocks
4 x 5 = 20 shirt blocks
You will need additional shirts as required to piece single blocks from smaller crests. These shirts should be tagged with instructions to piece together into a larger block.
What are the different Fil-Tec Bobbin sizes? TOP
Fil-Tec Pre-Wound bobbins come in different sizes and bobbin styles for different sewing machines.
Clear Plastic Sided Bobbins
0.815 Max OD, 0.458 Wide
Used in many domestic sewing and embroidery machines
0.815 Max OD, 0.3545 Wide
Used in many domestic sewing and embroidery machines
Magnetic Core Bobbins
0.820 Max OD, 0.356 Wide
Used in many quilting and embroidery machines
Style M / Jumbo
0.990 Max OD, 0.395 Wide
Used in many industrial quilting machines
How much thread is on a Pre-Wound Bobbin TOP
Thread length depends upon the thread guage. The lighter the thread weight, the more thread on a bobbin. In general:
Style 15/A - White - 150 yards; Black/Colours - 135 yards
Style L - White - 120 yards; Black/Colours - 115 yards
Magna Glide Classics
Tex 12, 60 Wt.
Style L - White - 135 Yards; Black / Colors - 130 Yards
Style M - White - 230 Yards; Black / Colors - 222 Yards
Magna Glide Delights
Tex 27, No. 40
Style L - All Colors - 72 Yards
Style M - All Colors - 132 Yards
What are the Standard Quilt Sizes? TOP
Quilting is no longer limited to bedding. Many quilts are true works of art
that are often displayed, rather than used. Quilts can therefore be made
in any size, however, Standard quilt sizes are:
• Twin - 75" x 98"
• Double - 83" x 106"
• Queen - 90" x 106"
• King - 107" x 108"