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Pricing

General pricing:


Over all, edge to edge pantograph is $0.0165 per square inch.


Tight pantos can range up to $0.018 per square inch to cover the cost of the extra thread.


To get idea of the cost just take length x width in inches and then multiply that by 0.0165


Customization is priced per project and will start with the price of $0.05 per square inch and upward.


There will be a minimum charge of $40.00

Preparation of the quilt!


Quilt top, batting and backing should be separated-not basted together.


Quilt top pressed, clean and free of any threads. Please do not place any pins in the quilt except 


     one safety pin to identify the top of the quilt.


Backing and Batting needs to be squared up and at least 3 - 4  inches larger than the quilt top on 


all sides.


Backing should be seamed and squared up as much as possible. If backing is not as requested, an additional charge will be applied to make it so. 


If backing is seamed, please realize that the all over design will run parallel to the seam.  Also, where backing is seamed, please be sure all pieces are the same size.      


Place your quilt top, back and batting in in a plastic bag before placing it in the box. Place all info 


    to include contact information in the package.



Ship your quilt to us via USPS, UPS or FedEx with shipping confirmation.


 We cannot be responsible for packages lost or damaged en route to us during shipping. Please 


    insure and track your package. Once it arrives we will treat it as one of our own!!!


Our Job!


 We will send you an email to confirm that your quilt has arrived


We confirm your pattern and thread color choice, Variegated Thread is an EXTRA CHARGE  


    ($5.00)


We will quilt your top as if it was our own!!!


 My Studio/Home is a smoke/pet/food free environment




Quilt Disclaimer 



 By sending us your quilt you are putting your faith and judgment in me that I am 


going to provide you the best service possible. If there are issues with the quilt I 


will contact you before the quilting process begins. If there are issues during 


the process I will do my very best to correct the issue and to make it right. 


Please make sure that your quilt top is squared up before sending it and it lies 


flat so we don’t have to deal with ruffled or wonky fabric towards the end of 


the quilting process. By sending your quilt, you agree that you have read and 


understand that we will do the very best we can to provide you with a quality 


quilt.

Longarm Quilting Services



+ I will return you quilt untrimmed (unless you request trimming). If we trim it we will return 


   all extra back fabric over 2" wide.


+ Try to make the back a minimum of 4" larger than the top on all sides. Larger quilts like 


   queen and king should leave more if possible.


+ When your quilt is mounted on the quilting machine it is attached to leaders on 2 


   parallel rollers. If the edges of your quilt aren't also parallel, one side is going to be 


   tight and the other loose - not good. Since you don't know which 2 sides we're going to 


   use to mount your quilt (and for some other reasons also) you must make all the edges 


   of your back straight and all the corners right angles. Trim off any of that extra fabric 


   where one piece of your back fabric is a little longer than the other. When we have to 


   do this for you, we often end up with a back that's too small (see above)so this is another 


   reason to leave plenty of extra back fabric. This extra work will include additional charges.


+ Some of you send double wide fabric which we like because there probably won't be 


   any seams. However, since this fabric is folded twice before it's wound on the bolts it 


   tends to have large folds to accommodate the uneven way the fabric winds up on the 


   roll. When you buy fabric from these bolts the salesperson sometimes just cuts the 


   folded fabric without unfolding it. This usually results in a very irregular edge; two of 


   them in fact since the existing end was probably cut the same way. This irregularity 


   can be so great that you'll loose 6" of fabric at each end when the piece is squared up.


+ To avoid ending up with a back that is too small after squaring buy a lot extra or insist that 


   the sales person rip the existing end to make it square and also rip the edge where your piece 


   is separated from the bolt. That way you'll know the edges are square to the selvage edges of 


   the piece.


+ Double wide fabrics and batiks (above) tend to have a lot of wrinkles that are set 


   quite firmly into the fabric. It's best to iron these fabrics so that these wrinkles won't 


   get quilted in permanently. We will look at your back for these wrinkles and iron 


   them if necessary but that costs you extra.



The Batting


+  The batting is laid on top of the back and must have the same amount of extra 


    material at the edges as recommended for the back.


+  Try to iron your seams open and reduce the material build up at the points as best 


    you can. When all the fabric around the points is quilted down these junctions where 


    all the pieces come together can look like mountains. It's also hard to get the quilting 


    machine to go over the bumps.


+ If your outer border is made from many pieces, lock the seams or 


   stitch around the entire quilt about 1/4" from the edge to lock everything. Your quilt gets a 


   lot of handling by us and these borders with lots of seams tend to come apart.


Foreign Objects


+  Pins play havoc with our machine. Don't put any straight pins or safety pins in your 


   quilt except to pin a note marking the top or bottom or similar indicator.


+  Don't use batting with an adhesive on it or any spray adhesive. These prevent the 


    various layers from adjusting as the quilting proceeds from the top to bottom of the 


    quilt.


+  A few times a year we get a quilt that someone has started to hand quilt. These 


   stitches have to come out. You can do it for free, or you can pay us to do it.


+  Don't baste the layers together. The pieces have to be attached to our machine 


    separately.


+  Some novelty quilts have objects attached to the top; charms, patches, seeds, 


    insignia, etc. If possible try to affix these after the quilting is done. We know this may 


    not be possible but your quilt will get a lot of handling while we have it and we can't 


    guarantee that all these objects will stay attached. We'll do our best but accept that 


    you might have to re-attach a few.


+  Don't put any tape on the quilt. If you want to mark the top or bottom use a plain 


    piece of paper and pin it to the fabric in the desired position. The adhesive often 


    comes off on the fabric and is difficult to remove. We will remove the tape and let 


    you remove the adhesive when you get the quilt back.


Borders:


+  Most of you make a long strip for the border, sew it on and trim off the excess to match the 


   length of the piece to which you've attached it. Instead, measure carefully the length of the 


   piece to which you will attach your border. Cut the border to this exact length. Pin the 


   border to the top so that both ends come out correctly. Sew it on. This forces you to keep 


   correcting for any stretch or shrinkage as you go along. Add a few reference marks along the way to make 

   matching up easier.


+  Another method is this:  Measure a number of different blocks from the center of your quilt.  After 

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   you have determined the correct size of the blocks, assuming they are all the same size, mark down the 


   length of your border the same length as each block.  When adding the border you just match up the 


   mark with each block.  This helps to avoid any stretching of triangles or patches that have been cut on 


   the bias.


+  Cut your borders from the length of the yardage if possible, it will stretch less than if cut 


   from the width.


+  If you're supplying the batting and you know you have this problem with extra fabric in the 


   borders, go for the puffiest batting you're willing to use. The extra loft helps to "consume" 


   some of the extra material. 


Black & White


~Dirt~


+  Quilts with black and white themes seem to be popular these days. They pose a few 


    problems however.


+  Most of you select a natural batting, either all cotton or a blend, for all your quilts. 


    This is a mistake for quilts with large white sections, on the top especially. These 


    natural battings usually have one side with a number of dark specks from the seed 


    pods. These will show through the white material especially if it's thin. Also, the tan 


    color of the batting will dull the white fabric slightly defeating the highly contrasting 


    theme you intended.


+  Blends generally have fewer or no specks and are somewhat closer to white. They 


    may work for you but take a scrap piece of batting and place it under your white 


    sections and see if you like it.


+  Instead of using natural batting try white (bleached) cotton or a very white polyester 


    instead. This will enhance the whiteness of your white fabric.


+  Quilts with white backs or tops require us to clean up. You hate to clean and so do 


    we. But we must because white fabric seems to attract tiny fabric scraps and threads 


    from the far corners of the studio to the spaces between your batting and top or 


    back. Once quilted they are essentially impossible to remove and remain, like neon 


    signs, advertising our failure to clean up.


+  Many of you leave lots of attached threads and fabric threads on the back of your 


    quilt. Again, if the top is white and thin these may show through. Decide if this is a 


    problem for you and clean the back of your top if necessary.


+  If you supply the batting please make sure it's clean if your quilt is white. Otherwise, we'll 


    have to pick all those threads off and that's no fun.


~Dark Back Fabric~


+  If you've chosen a solid black or very dark color back for your quilt you will probably 


    see some "bearding" on the back of the quilt; more with cotton, less with poly. This is 


    where a few fibers from the batting poke through the fabric and appear as little 


    "beards" at the needle hole. The amount of bearding varies with the fabric, the type 


    of batting and the way the batting is constructed (resins or scrim).


+  Most manufacturers make a black poly batting that would be a better choice for black backs. 


    We stock this batting. It won't be appropriate though, if the top has a lot of white because it 


    will make the white sections look dull. In these cases you could supply a separate piece of 


    white fabric (fairly thick) to insert on top of the black batting and under the quilt top to keep 


    the white sections of your top looking white. An extra layer of thin white (usually poly) 


    batting can also be used. This, of course, increases the cost somewhat.


 +  I reserve the right to send your top & backing back to you untouched if not properly prepared. In 


    certain cases with your permission, I may choose to do what is essential for an added fee. I 


    minimize my charges for your sake, so it is only fair that I charge you for this extra work.