- Every attempt will be made to keep your quilt safe and completed quickly.
- My quilting studio and home are smoke and pet free. Please remove all pet hair. I don’t accept quilts smelling like tobacco smoke.
- I use a Gammill hand-guided longarm machine. Each quilt top is quilted in a unique design. No computer generated designs or pantographs are used.
- Payment is expected upon delivery of quilt. Shipping costs are extra.
- The State Board of Equalization has determined that my labor is taxable.
- If you’re not completely satisfied, please discuss your concerns with me.
- Piece the top using a short stitch length. Quilts are loaded onto long arm machines under some tension. Seams sewn with a long stitch length tend to pull apart. If there are many seams which extend to the outer edge or outer edges are bias, stay-stitch top to secure seams.
- Before adding borders to your pieced top, carefully measure through the center of the quilt top and cut borders accurately to length along the stronger lengthwise grain of the fabric (parallel to selvages). Borders which are wavy will quilt with puckers and folds. Accurate measuring will yield more pleasing results. For more information, see “How to Add Borders”, a tab on the home page of my website.
- Top and backing need to be pressed. The folds created when transporting will be pressed before I begin quilting. If extensive pressing is required for a very wrinkled top or backing, extra money will be charged.
- If the quilt top and/or quilt back has an up and down direction, please pin notes indicating which edge is up.
- Remove all threads peeking through the seams.
- Check piecing on top to ensure that all seams are complete.
- Every attempt will be made to remove dark threads between white/sheer fabric on the top and the batting. This is difficult with loosely woven fabric.
- Backing fabric needs to be at least 10” longer and 10” wider than quilt top. (There are exceptions to this, but I would need to see the quilt top.) This may seem excessive, but is necessary so that my clamps don’t bump the extension table causing “hiccups” in the quilting. After you trim the quilt, you’ll have some very usable fabric strips leftover. For more information, see “How to Piece a Back”, a tab on the home page of my website.
- Seam backing fabric with a generous seam allowance and remove selvages from seams. It’s okay to leave selvages on outer edges of backing. Avoid seams that will align near finished edge of top. I can seam backing for you.
- Backing needs to be squared with opposite sides parallel. If extra backing is provided, I will square the backing for you.
- Please don’t rip or tear fabric; this distorts the edges.
- Bed sheets are not recommended for quilt backs.
Batting: I prefer to use my own batting; I know this batting yields consistent results. I prefer to not use pre-packaged batting; this batting has strong creases and is difficult to load onto the machine.
Thread: I use high quality thread manufactured by Superior Threads made from 100% cotton & 100% polyester. If you are partial to a particular fiber content, please let me know on your Order Form.
I’m looking forward to doing business with you!