BASTING takes the form of parallel stitching lines approximately four inches apart, with ½ inch long stitches for easy removal. If you enjoy traditional hand quilting, we can save you the pinning time by basting your top, batting, and backing together to stabilize it for $12 per hour.
EDGE to EDGE quilting is the most basic and least costly choice for quilting your top. You choose from a number of available continuous line designs, sometimes referred to as pantographs, which are sewn across the entire length or width of the quilt in evenly spaced rows to create a quilt sandwich. This service is $10 to $15 per square yard.
CUSTOM QUILTING may include outlining, stippling, meandering, borders, sashes, and block designs, and is $12 to $25 per square yard.
BINDING finishes the raw edges of your quilt by machine sewing a strip of material to the quilt top, wrapping it around the edge, and hand whipping or machine stitching it to the back. Catherine will bind your quilt for 16¢ per inch.
WHEN USING YOUR OWN FABRIC, measure backing and batting to make sure that they are a total of six inches wider and longer than your top – three inches each on the top, bottom, and sides. Quiltprint is located in Iowa. Contact us with shipping information before sending your quilt.
PREPARING A TOP FOR LONG ARM MACHINE QUILTING
- Do not baste or pin layers together. Remove all pins.
- Batts and backs must be a total of 6 inches larger all around than the top.
- Wash, press seams, trim selvages, and square off ends of backs.
- To avoid outer stitches popping open, stitch around entire piece 1/8th inch in from edges.
- Press often and well, tops and backs.
- To prevent flaring of borders, measure inner part of top and cut border strips to match. Do this for each addition.
- Think about the back early in construction for suitable fabric, color of thread for quilting, quilting pattern, whether quilting should show or not, etc.
- Trim away as many threads as possible.
- Clearly mark your quilt with name, address, phone number, and all pertinent information.
- Give as much lead time as possible.
- If using sheets for backing, consult us for advice on what is acceptable before you buy them.
- Contact Catherine before sending your quilt. Be sure to enclose your quilt top in a plastic bag with a completed order form and place this in a box for mailing. (The post office provides boxes when you are using Priority Mail.)