Edge-to-Edge or Overall
One quilting design covers the entire quilt top, without regard to the piecing or applique elements. This is suitable for quilts which will be used and washed frequently; scrap quilts; busy fabrics where quilting elements will not show; pieced designs where there are no defined areas such as blocks, sashing & borders; charity quilts, etc.
Some people think of overall quilting as simple 'mattress pad' designs - in actuality there are many beautiful overall designs that can enhance almost any top. I try to find a pattern that will suit the design of the piecing or fabric (if the fabric has roses I may use a rose pattern) or be meaningful to the recipient (if the quilt is for a sports fan I can use a design with baseballs, footballs, etc.)
Overall pricing runs from $ 0.01 to $ 0.018 psi, with the most popular patterns in the $ 0.015 psi range. There is a minimum charge of $35. Turn around time is normally between 3 to 6 weeks.
Various areas of the quilt, such as blocks, sashings, borders, and backgrounds, receive different designs. More than one color of thread may be used. Pricing for simple custom (NO ruler work, stitch-in-the-ditch, or dense fills) runs between $ 0.025 and $ 0.035 psi. More complex custom, including marked designs, SID or other ruler work, or dense fills, can run as high as $ 0.06 psi. There is a minimum charge of $60 for custom quilting. Turn around time for custom generally runs 3 to 6 months.
Preparing Your Quilt Top
Press your quilt top well, ensuring that seams are neatly pressed to one side. SID is difficult if not impossible if seams twist every which way. Trim threads, especially if there are dark threads that may shadow through light fabrics. Be sure seams at the outer edges of the quilt are secured. If there are bias edges on the outside of the quilt, stay stitch 1/8" in from the edge to stabilize. Wavy borders and fullness may not quilt out. I may need to return the top to you to fix before I can quilt it. If you are not sure how to properly measure and add a border, please visit my Tips & Hints page and download the "How to Apply Borders" handout.
Preparing Your Backing
If you are supplying a pieced backing, be sure to remove selvages from the seam, and press the seam open or flat to one side. The backing needs to be 4 inches bigger all the way around (if your top is 60" x 80", the backing should be 68" x 88"). Check to be sure your backing is square. Sheets do not make good backings as the high thread count can cause poor tension. I offer a selection of wide backs (108" to 116") that save you from having to piece!
You may supply your own batting or I have a variety of kinds to choose from. Batting also needs to be 4 inches bigger than the quilt top in all directions. Certain battings are not suitable for use on a longarm machine, and I reserve the right to refuse a batting that I feel will not perform well.
Many types and colors of threads are available, some of which are more suited to certain projects than others. I charge for the actual amount of thread used. Specialty threads, such as variegated or metallics, are more expensive. Two different colors are included in the base thread price, each extra color change is an additional $ 2.00.
Additional work such as pressing, trimming threads, seaming or squaring up the backing, fixing wavy borders, etc. are done at the rate of $ 15.00 per hour.