Longarming Services

Pink Doxies Quilt Studio

Let me turn your quilt tops into beautiful quilts!
Julie Stocker   Blog & Website: www.pinkdoxies.com
Phone (330) 243-8407    Email:julie@pinkdoxies.com

  •  Currently providing computerized Edge-to-Edge (E2E) quilting with Handi Quilter ProStitcher in a wide variety of patterns
  • Quality work with attention to detail. References and samples available.     
  • Reasonable, competitive pricing depending on pattern size and repeats ($0.0175/sq in--$0.025/sq in). $25 minimum per project
  • I will contact you when I receive your quilt to develop a quilting plan based on preferences, scale, batting and thread choice. We will confirm all design details and pricing before I quilt.
  • Large variety of quality battings in cotton, cotton blends, and poly available in stock below retail or you may provide your own. (Mountain Mist brand not accepted.) Specialty layering available also. Batting must be cut to size if provided by customer. See details below about size needed.
  • Large variety of threads colors and weights from Superior, Glide, etc. Thread charges per bobbin ($1.25 for 40# and higher for finer weights)
  • Estimated turn around is 2-4 weeks with pick-up and delivery to store received from. I accept only a limited number of quilts at a time to keep your turn around speedy. This time may vary slightly in case of illness, etc.

                      

                      What to Expect with Edge-to-Edge?


E2E quilting is a uniform, repeated pattern running from one quilt edge to the next. It is not an automatic process, and requires a great deal of education, training, and attention by the quilter. Patterns may be simple, intricate, juvenile, whimsical, nature-inspired, feathered, or geometric. Quilting can be loose or dense based on how you intend to use the quilt. You will have an excellent idea of how the quilting will enhance the quilt before it's quilted.

Quilt Top, Backing and Batting Requirements


Quilt top: Clean & pressed. Check back for loose threads that may show through.
Backing must be 10” wider and longer than quilt top after squaring. I check all backings for squareness before I load each quilt. Most stores will appropriately rip your backing from the bolt. This ensures you have a piece of fabric on the straight of grain. It may not be square, though, and will need to be trimmed to square. Buy yardage with this in mind. Ask me any questions you may have about this.
Pieced backing is fine. Assure that selvage edge is removed as shrinkage varies.
Batting must be 8” wider and longer than the quilt top after squaring. Customer must square if providing batting.
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I authorize Julie Stocker of Pink Doxies LLC to quilt my quilt. I trust she will do her best work under all considerations and conditions of my quilt, and do not hold her responsible for unforeseen circumstances. She will communicate with me about my design, thread, and batting choices. I will receive a price, and give her a verbal confirmation before she begins quilting. I will pay all fees at pick up.

If am unhappy with an aspect of the quilting, I will contact her within 10 days to discuss it.

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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. 

4. Your quilt will generally 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. All cotton or cotton blends are preferable. No Mountain Mist batting accepted. I normally stock a variety of batting 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 minimally 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. 

9. I generally use Superior Threads, and have a large assortment of colors. If you prefer a thread with some reflective value, I recommend Glide. If you have a specific color in mind, please let me know. Bobbin thread and top thread will 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




Updated 8/12/19

2 comments:

Deborah Heddleson said...

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

Valerie Reynolds said...

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