How Does My Pricing Work?
Price Per Inch
My price for quilting is 2 cents per square inch for most patterns. King sized quilts are 2.5 cents per square inch for most patterns.
For example: A quilt top is 60 inches x 80 inches. 60 x 80 = 4800 x .02 = $96
If you would like a complete estimate of the cost of longarming your project, simply contact me with the measurements of your quilt, and I'd be happy to accommodate your request.
There is a minimum charge of $40 for smaller items. This takes into consideration the time it takes me to load items onto the machine, arrange patterns and stitch them out.
Please prepare your quilt top for the longarming process. Check to ensure all your seams are secure, an incomplete seam or hole can result in the foot of the longarm machine catching, and possible damage may occur to the quilt top. Check to ensure your quilt top lays flat, if it does not, determine where the issue is and adjust your piecing. One major source of fullness in quilt tops is improper technique in preparing and attaching borders. If you need assistance in this area, please contact me for a helpful handout. If I receive a quilt top that does not lay flat once loaded on my frame, you can expect that I will use, stream, water and/or starch to aid in working in the fullness. Mark your top left corner as the indicator of how you want your quilt top loaded. Trim all excess threads from the front and back of your quilt top. Press your quilt top and fold on the bias to bring for drop off.
I will automatically trim your quilt for you unless otherwise told not to - this prepares the quilt for binding. Please note, I trim close to the quilt edge, I recommend you attach your binding by machine as soon as possible, even if you don't have time to hand stitch to complete, if this is your binding method - the more the quilt is handled pre-binding the more risk the edge to edge stitching, at the edges of your quilt, will begin to unravel. Binding prevents this from happening.
All prices are in Canadian dollars and subject to provincial tax. Please subscribe to my email list so I can keep you up to date on upcoming promotions. I offer a 15% discount with my "Refer A Friend" program - if a new customer identifies that they were referred by you, you automatically get 15% off your next quilting service.
I use Glide thread exclusively. There is no additional charge for thread. If there is a particular colour of thread that you have your heart set on, and I don’t currently carry it, I would consider cost sharing with you. I have a good selection of neutral threads, which I prefer. I also have a small variety of coloured thread.
We will work together to choose a thread that will best compliment your quilt top.
For all your projects I use Warm & Natural batting, and all are 80% cotton and 20% polyester. They are good quality battings that provide great results with my equipment. I cut from large rolls of wide batting and you will receive back all remnants. I do have access to other battings, so if there is something specific that you are looking for, just let me know. There are many materials and weights to choose from and pricing varies for each. The price of batting for your project is based on the dimensions of your quilt top with the additional amount required for loading properly.
To ensure that I can get your quilts back to you as quickly as possible, please take care to press and prepare your backing fabric, as this can be a time consuming step in the process.
I do require your backing fabric to be 8 inches longer and wider than your quilt top ( an extra 4 inches all the way around). For example, if your quilt top is 40 x 60 then your backing needs to be 48 x 68 to load on my frame appropriately. If you require your backing to be pieced to create a backing large enough to accommodate your project and loading, there will be a charge of $5-$20 depending on size and the time required.
If you are considering using plush backings like Minky or Fireside just connect with me first. I have had great luck with these types of backings, but there is a risk that the fibres can pull through to the front of the quilt - with a bit of preplanning we can avoid this problem.
If you have a backing that feels unusually stiff, it may be a digitally printed fabric, or chemically treated. If you are using a fabric like this for your backing, the longarm process can leave large needle holes on the back of your quilt. The fibers typically relax with use and laundering, leaving a beautiful hole free result, but not all respond well so keep this in mind when purchasing backing. In the case of some very stiff backings, the appearance of the bobbin/tension can be altered as the thread won't want to sink in nicely to the backing fabric. Sometimes washing these fabrics can rectify this.
If you do not live locally, you can mail the backing with your quilt top, purchase backing from me, or order backing online and have it delivered to my address.
If you are interesting in having me help you with your binding, please provide enough prepared binding for your quilt that is 2.5 inches wide. If you don't know how much binding to make, just ask, I can figure that out for you.
I'm offering two options for my customers. If you have ever tried to attach binding to a large quilt with your domestic machine after it has been quilted, you know, it can be a challenge to manage. Having your binding already attached to your quilt will save you time, frustration and allow you to sit at your leisure and hand sew the binding to your backing.
The second option is to receive your quilt back from me completely finished ... maybe I should have started with this option! For those of you who do not enjoy that final step in the quilting process, of binding your quilt, or maybe you have run out of time, and you have to get your quilt wrapped up and ready for gifting, having me machine stitch your binding for you may be an option.
Pricing is determined by the linear inch:
$0.10 per linear inch based on the quilt's dimensions to attach the binding to the front of your quilt only.
If your quilt top measures W 60in x L 80in ( (60 + 80) x 2) = 280 linear inches x .10 = $28.00
$0.20 per linear inch based on the quilt's dimensions to fully complete the binding by machine.
The same quilt top measurements, but the binding is fully completed, it will cost $56.00
Contact me to arrange a Longarming Service Gift Certificate for that special quilter in your life. You can choose any denomination. I'll provide you with a receipt, and a beautiful printed gift certificate in a matching envelope, already for giving.
I will send you an invoice and photographs when I have completed your quilt. As soon as I receive your prompt payment, we can arrange a time for you to pick up your completed quilt. If you are a "mail in" client, your completed quilt will be mailed back to you promptly, once payment has been received. Return shipping will be added to your invoice.