Longarm Quilting


Here at Heavenly Stitches we offer longarm quilting services. We currently run a 2004 Gammill Classic Plus and a 2013 Innova. Both machines are equipped with the IntelliQuilter computerized system. We offer hundreds of all-over quilting patterns and the ability to customize patterns to your specific quilt.

Preparing your quilt for quilting:


We ask that you bring us your quilt as a separate top and back (we carry Quilters Dream batting in the store, but you are welcome to source your own if you prefer). Your backing must be larger than your top. We prefer that it be at least 10 inches bigger that your quilt top, meaning if your top is 60" x 70" we need your backing to be 70" x 80". If you have extra fabric, you don't need to cut it off, we're able to just roll it onto the machine and it's not in the way. We request that the edges of your back are straight to facilitate the loading process.

We also ask that you check to make sure that there is minimal 'fullness' in your borders and your quilt is as square as possible. In extreme cases, when your quilt is not square it can lead to wrinkles, folds, or waves in your quilt top. A quick check to see if your quilt is fairly square is to fold it in quarters and see if the outside edges line up well. Or, you can take a square edge such as a ruler or piece of paper and place it on one of your corners. Alternatively, you can lay your quilt flat on the floor. If there is a wrinkle that you seem to chase around the outside edge and can't get to lay flat then you've got a bit of a fullness problem. We are always willing to help correct problems such as these. Please give us a call at the shop to schedule a time to stop out.

Please press or starch your quilt so that there aren't (m)any wrinkles and the seams lay flat.  When you bring your quilt in we will hang it on a hanger to keep any further wrinkles from forming. If you would like to bring your quilt in on a hanger we will make sure that your hanger was returned to you when you pick up your quilt.

Batting

We carry Quilter's Dream batting on bolts and rolls. We keep Quilters Dream Select Cotton, Wool, 70/30 Cotton/Poly blend, and Select Poly in stock, but we can special order anything you want from Quilters Dream directly. If you would like a full list of the Quilters Dream offerings, please visit them at http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/user-guide.htm. We have found that there are some brands of batting that do not quilt well and lead to subpar results. If you've got questions on this please call the shop.

Pricing

We price our quilts by square inch and charge for thread along with any additional services needed. Our all-over patterns are defined as patterns that start at the top edge and are the same over the entire quilt. All all-over patterns are $0.015 (a penny and a half) per square inch. We do not charge different prices for different all-over patterns. Custom patterns start at $0.03 per square inch and go up from there depending on the complexity of the pattern. We do charge for thread. When estimating your quilt an entire cone costs $33.25. Very few quilts use an entire cone of thread and most fall between $4 and $15 in cost, depending on the complexity of the quilting pattern. A quick way to estimate what your quilting costs would be is quilt length x quilt width x .015 and then add 33.25. This will give you a high estimate, but cover any applicable taxes. An example: A quilt that is 62 x 72 has 4,464 square inches. Multiplied by .015 is 66.96, plus 33.25 equals a cost of approximately $100.21.

Potential/optional additional costs


Occasionally, people ask us to assemble backs, fix borders or apply binding. These are services that we can perform for a fee. Please note that all of these services are optional. 
  • Backing assembly is $10 for a simple assembly (less than 30 minutes) and $25 an hour for complex back assemblies (greater than 30 minutes).
  • Quilt preparation (fixing borders, pressing seams, trimming excessive threads) is $25 an hour with a minimum 1 hour charge.
  • Binding is $.40 per linear inch, plus the cost of fabric. Binding is machine applied.
  • 505 Spray Baste is $25.75. If quilts are not square and flat spray baste helps prevent wrinkles and tucks. It does not entirely eliminate the potential though.
  • The non-cotton backing surcharge is $10. Non-cotton backings such as fleece, minky, or snuggle fabrics are excessively stretchy and warrant careful watching to ensure that there aren't any folds or tucks. They can create difficulty when loading and may take extra care in pattern choice.
We are always more than happy to teach you how to do many of these things for free. Please stop out or call the shop to schedule a day and time to learn!