Longarming Services

Longarming Services

Longarming services are now available. I use an Avante by Handiquilter, and can quilt up to a 120" quilt on my 12' frame. Quilts are accepted both at my studio, and through various mail services. *Please do not send any quilt without contacting me first, and discussing your project. I will give you an estimated time of when I can receive and complete your quilt at that time. A calculated estimate of services will be given, and I require a check for half the estimate. Pictures will be available through my blog or email so you can observe progress on your quilt. I will send you a final bill on completion, and expect the remaing payment upon pick up or before mailing back to you. 

I will do my best to please you, but I will not rush the process. I try to time quilts to be accepted and returned within 2-3 weeks. Please let me know if you have a specific deadline for your project. 

Please read through all information, and feel free to contact me with any questions. 

julie@pinkdoxies.com
330 243 8407


Pricing through 12/31/2015


Edge to edge—Pantograph or Freehand  $0.02/sq inch
A single pattern is used on the entire quilt top including borders from left to right and top to bottom. You will choose the design for your quilt, but I am happy to make suggestions.

Semi-Custom—begins at $0.025/sq inch
A single pattern is used in the center of the quilt. A separate, different pattern is applied to the border or borders.

Custom—begins at $0.035/sq inch. Individual patterns designed to enhance specific elements of the quilt including blocks, borders, sashing, and corners. Both freehand and ruler work available.

Binding applied by machine (customer provides binding ready to apply)
$0.15/linear inch on front or back only. $0.30/ linear inch for both sides.

Seam Backing--$10 per seam to stitch

Quilt Preparation--$20/ hour: Preparing your quilt well by squaring and pressing means it is ready to go into the frame, and does not need any other work on my part.

Thread and Needle Charge-$5 for baby quilts and throws. $8 for twin size and larger. I use a new needle with each project, and Superior Thread  and Auriful products.

Batting Charges-Additional charge to be given in your estimate if you request batting purchased through the studio. 




Pink Doxies Quilt Prep

1. Square up the quilt top and backing. Check for waviness in borders in particular. A smooth, flat quilt is optimal. Waves will not 'quilt out' on a longarm. 

2. Trim threads from top and backing.

3. Press top and backing well. Seams in the top can be pressed either open or to the side. Please press bulky seams open. Backing seams should be 1/2" seam allowance, and pressed open. 

Your backing and batting should be 8-10" wider and longer than your overall quilt measurements. For instance, a 60”x70" quilt would require batting and backing to be at least 68”x78". If in doubt, go larger.

4. Your quilt will be loaded into the longarm with the seam of the backing parallel to the bars. This means if your seam is vertical in the backing, I will be loading the quilt in 'sideways'. Longarms operate and function best left to right meaning your quilt will be quilted from the top to the bottom. If it is loaded sideways, it will be from one side across to the other. Therefore, if you want your quilting motif to go left to right, your backing should be pieced with the seam intersecting it horizontally. Either way is fine with me. This is for your preference, and your decision. An overall pattern should not make any difference. A directional pattern will.

5. Label the top of your quilt top with a pin and note if it is directional. The same for the backing, please. If there is no label, I will assume it is non-directional.

6. Stay stitching the perimeter of the quilt 1/4" from the edge is suggested. This secures pieced areas, keeping seam allowances from opening. 

 7. Batting is important! Quilts with white space will look best with a bleached white batting. Natural or unbleached is fine for all others. I prefer to use a batting similar to Warm & Natural in all cotton. I normally stock a variety of battings at very reasonable pricing. Please ask what I have available if you prefer not to send your own.

8. If you will be sending batting, it is not necessary to trim it. You many also purchase it online, and have it shipped to me.

9. Keep in mind several things when choosing your backing. If you have pre-washed your fabrics, you should also pre-wash your backing. The goal is for our materials to shrink equally or not at all after quilting. 

Flannels: If you are using flannel for backing or batting, machine wash and machine dry 2-3 times. Flannel I have experimented with has shrunk 6% the first washing, and almost another 2% the next. Yours may be more or less depending on the kind.

Your batting should have minimal shrinkage unless you are looking for an antique look. Most battings do not need to be pre-shrunk. *Hobbs 80/20 has a pre-wash recommendation on the package, but must never be agitated in a washer. Please read carefully! Also, many quilters do not pre-wash it.  This is your preference entirely.

It is up to you to prepare your batting if you want it pre-shrunk. 

My experience: I have always pre-washed my own fabrics. My personal choice of batting is either a Fairfield 50/50 bamboo/cotton, Warm & Natural all cotton, or Warm and Plush—the warmest of the Warm & Naturals. I have never pre-washed my own battings. After quilting my own quilts, I wash and tumble dry low until slightly damp. I then dry flat or over large racks which support the quilt. I have never experienced excessive shrinkage, but enjoy a little crinkly look. That is only my preference. Consider your own.

9. I generally use Omni thread from Superior Threads. I have a large assortment of colors. If you have a specific color in mind, please let me know. Bobbin thread and top thread do not always have to match. 

10. Shipping: UPS, USPS, and FedEx are all acceptable carriers. Priority boxes from the USPS are ideal. Mark your contents as "Fabric" and never as a quilt. Preserve some extra space in the box so the top and backing do not wrinkle excessively. Do not wrap your quilt in colored tissue paper as it may bleed onto your fabric with only the moisture trapped in the package! I suggest a large ZipLoc to protect the fabric, but make sure the fabric is completely dry before sealing! Pin a tag onto your quilt with your address and information in the case the box is damaged. 


Thank you for choosing me for your quilting needs!

Julie Stocker



10/11/2015

2 comments:

  1. Julie, you do a great job on your long arm quilting!!!

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  2. Curious how your long arm quilting for others is going?? I've only got two customers from my blog....so finally just stay content to quilt for the occasional quilter when they find me and enjoy the process for myself. Maybe I'll work to get more customers when I don't work full time??? Hope all is going well for you. :)V

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It's always enlightening to hear your thoughts or suggestions. I try to respond in a timely manner, but admit life is very full here! I will return comments online if it's of general interest, but offline if a personal response is more appropriate. Give me a shout with anything urgent at julie@pinkdoxies.com, and I'll try to get right back with you. While I believe in free speech, spamming will not be tolerated, and as in all our interactions, speak kindly.

If you want to be certain of a personal reply, leave your email or email me privately. Many people are not even aware when they have become a no-reply blogger. Yes, I know it's frustrating for us all.

Julie