Our consultation about your quilt can either take place in my home in Grayslake, Illinois, or if you prefer to ship your quilt to my home - we can talk by phone or email. The consultation will take approximately ½ hour.
I would love to hear your design ideas, likes and dislikes, who the quilt will be given to, etc. I will also give you more ideas to think about! After we discuss different options and settle on what you would like to have me do, I take a few minutes to calculate your quote. This estimate will be accurate within $15 for labor, any supplies will be extra. If this amount meets with your approval and budget, we can proceed. If the estimate is too high, we go back to the drawing board to see where we can alter the design ideas to bring the cost to your budget.
Batting and Thread
If you know what batting and thread you want to use, please bring it with you. Although I don’t carry batting, I am happy to purchase it for you if you need me to. The charge for this trip would be approximately $10-$15 depending on the local store I would need to go to. You would reimburse me for the purchase price of the item when your quilt is ready.
I do carry quite a bit of 100% cotton thread in various brands and colors, but if we decide we need something different, the same procedure would apply for thread. If we use my thread, the charge would depend on the amount of thread used to quilt your quilt.
I will work with your deadline date whenever possible. I am usually booked approximately 2-3 months in advance. If you are still working on completing your quilt top, but you have a deadline, please call me and ask to be put on my list. This way, you won’t lose your “spot” and you are guaranteed to have your quilt finished by your due date.
Preparing Your Quilt Top
In order to get the best results, please follow these guidelines:
- Trim any threads off the back side of your quilt top that may show through to the front. (Dark threads laying on light fabric, etc.) Press your quilt top and hang it on a hanger if we’re meeting in person.
- Square off the backing so that it’s as close to a perfect square or rectangle as you can manage. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, I can do it for you for $5-10, depending on the size. Make sure the backing is at least 5” larger than the quilt top on all 4 sides, more than that if I will be squaring it up for you. I will return all extra backing fabric. Press your backing also and hang it on a hanger.
- The batting should be at least 5” larger than the quilt top all the way around. You don’t have to trim it down as long as you know it’s big enough. I will return all extra batting.
I am pleased to offer the following services if you need them. An estimate will be given at our meeting.
- Piecing and pressing the backing.
- More quilting can be added to a previously quilted quilt.
- Quilts can be partially machine quilted, so you can add hand quilting to other areas afterwards.
- I can follow most older stamped quilting designs on older or antique quilt tops, and can modify those designs that are not suited to machine quilting.
- Binding: If you supply the fabric, I can make your binding and attach it on one or both sides by machine. If you make the binding and only want me to attach it, the cost will be less.
I take pride in each quilt that I work on and I depend on word-of-mouth
advertising. Therefore, if you refer me to your quilting friends and
associates, and that referral results in an order for me, I will be happy to
deduct $20.00 from your next machine quilting order.
Labels and Appraisals
- Make sure you always put a label on your quilt, even if it’s just by using permanent marker on the backing, listing your name, date and details, including who quilted it for you!!
- Get your quilts appraised from an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. Contact American Quilter’s Society for a list of appraisers in your area. Appraisals are not expensive and are worth every penny, especially when your quilt is a gift. The recipient will know exactly what a wonderful gift they have received!
If you display your quilt in a:
- Quilt Show
- Quilt Guild Show & Tell
- Magazine or Newspaper, etc.
Please mention the name of your Longarm Quilter.