Hello, fellow quilters! A few words about what I do and my prices.
I am a free-motion quilter. That means that I generally do not do pantographs (sorry!).
When I made the transition to work independently doing something that I love, I had a long talk with myself about what I need to keep me happy. The last thing I want is to burn out on something that gives me so much joy - and I have to admit, I just don’t enjoy panto quilting. There are plenty of people who can offer their services in that, and I’m happy to recommend someone if you need help. For all its imperfections, the internet allows people to connect to services that are tailored to their needs more than ever before - I am glad to be a part of that equation.
I focus on all-over quilting patterns and semi-custom quilting. You can see examples of my work on Instagram or my flickr page. I love doing this kind of work! Nothing makes me happier than working with a customer to create a look that enhances the piecing. Yes, it costs a bit more. It takes more time, and I have to put a lot of thought into it before I begin. I want you to be as happy as I am with the finished product. I want you to love your quilt, because that is what quilting is all about in my world.
I want to keep the pricing simple. No thread charges, no loading charges, no add-ons. Just straight-up, bottom line pricing.
|Type of quilting||Charge per square inch|
|light to medium density quilting|
|dense all-over pattern|
|(combination of swirls, shells, orange peel, etc)||$0.25|
|(combinations to highlight piecing, significant ruler work, etc)||$0.25 - $0.3|
I also offer one type of batting if you would rather not have to provide your own. I use Pellon Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton. It is the same type that I use for all of my own quilts, and I am happy with how it quilts. If you’d rather use a different brand or type, please just make sure that it is 6” larger on each side than your quilt top (this goes for the backing as well).
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions - I look forward to hearing from you!
Last, there are some things that you can do to make the quilting go smoother, and your quilt to look a bit more polished. Wavy borders can be a problem that I usually work around, but if you cut a border to the exact same length as what you will attach it to and then pin, pin, pin, there won’t be a lot of extra fullness. If you send me a top and I see an issue with it, I will be in touch so we can collaborate on the best way to deal with waviness.
Cut your outside edges even, especially the top and bottom. If you don’t, then I will, because I just can’t load it on the frame until this is done. It’s not a big deal, but it’s something that most of us don’t think about when we are used to quilting on a domestic machine.
Iron your seams flat, and make sure your seam allowance is fairly consistent. I know these seem like no-brainers, but you’d be surprised how many folks don’t realize that seams being flat is crucial for the quilting! Sadly, I’ve also had a few quilts that the seam allowance was so close to the edge of the fabric that I could tell the piecing would fray quickly. I try to watch for that and give those areas a little extra quilting love to hold things together, but nobody wants all her hard work to start coming apart after minimal use!