Quilting

We don’t feel like any two quilts should be alike, similar maybe, but there are NO RULES!!!

Things to consider when quilting:

  • Doesn’t have to be perfectly flat.
  • Doesn’t have to be perfectly square.
  • Use labels to show which way is up.
  • Clip stray threads, even on back of top.
  • Dark threads show through on light fabric.
  • Back stitch all seams – they will come apart.
  • The back or backing needs to be five inches bigger on each of the four sides of the quilt top.
  • Label the back as to which side is to be the outside (‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side).
  • If you put fabric together for the back, have the seam run side to side.
  • If the seam runs top to bottom there will be a different pull on the right side of the seam than the left side, and that may cause a fold over, not good.
  • Has characteristics that are rejected by other quilters.
  • Your project is your project – no one should feel their funky top doesn’t look GREAT!

No matter what your project maybe, what matters the most is that you enjoy it. When you see your own finished project, I know it will make you smile … ours does.

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Quilt size reference guide.

Quilt dimensions are figured in inches. Width comes first, then the length. One square yard is 36 inches by 36 inches and equals 1,296 square inches. So a king size of 108 inches by 108 inches is 11,664 square inches, and when divided by 1,296 square inches (a square yard), the result equals nine yards.

Many different items are quilted and it is not an exact science. The following is a list of some common quilts dimensions.

  • Miniature — 36” x 36” or less.
  • Baby — 36” x 36” or 52” x 52”.
  • Crib — 30” x 46” or 36” x 50”.
  • Toddler — 42” x 60” or 46” x 70”.
  • Cot — 58” x 90” or 72” x 108”.
  • Military Cot Quilt — 45” x 45” or 45” x 70”. These cot quilts are for Operation First Response. They are made available to wounded soldiers.
  • Bunk — 66” x 89” or 74” x 103”.
  • Trucker Sleeper Bunk — 60” x 94” or custom size +/- 86” x 104”.
  • Wheelchair Lap Quilt — 38” x 47”.
  • Lap — 52” x 68” or 52” x 78”.
  • Twin — 64” x 72” or 86” x 96”.
  • Full — 70” x 88” or 88” x 100”.
  • Queen — 88″ – 99″ x 94″ – 108″.
  • Queen Water Bed — 76″ x 104″.
  • King — 94″-108″ x 94″-108″.
  • California King — 100″-108″ x 114″-120″.
  • King Waterbed — 88″ x 94″.
  • Card table — 44″ x 44″.
  • Dinning table — 42″-54″ x 88″-114″.
  • Round table 70″-100″.
  • Napkins — Dinner – 16″ square, Lunch 14″ square, Cocktail 12″ square.
  • Pillows — Any size is possible.
  • Throws — 50″ x 60″+/-
  • Wall Hanging — Any size is possible smaller than 120” x 120”.
  • We can also quilt comforters and fleece blankets up to 120″.

Tee shirt Quilts-it is must that the Tee shirt fabric has the proper stabilizer on it. The tee shirt fabric is stretchy and will fold over itself if it is not properly stabilized.

Remember when planning a quilt, how much overhang you want around the edge of the bed and length enough for a pillow tuck. Some want a 13″ drop and 18″ pillow tuck.

Most quilts have three layers. Top in must cases is sewn pieces of fabric into a pattern. Middle is the stuffing most folks call batting. The back is the bottom fabric. Let’s look at each one.

Top

Traditionally is sewn pieces of fabric which can be of many colors or one color with variations of color tones. The pieces can be squares, big ones little ones or rectangles long or short, tall or skinny. They can be triangles or circles, What ever it is always back stitch each seam so they wont separate. Some people sew around the edges to help hold the seams together, if you back stitch you won’t need to do that because I will have to rip out the thread that was sewn around the edge. If I don’t remove that sewing around the edge the quilt top will not lay flat on my machine. The widest quilt top I get on my machine, Avante’, is 120 inches.

There is a new process where they can print on fabric. Any picture can be printed on polyester fabric in three sizes and the pricing is not much more expense than buying fabric and cutting pieces then sewing those pieces together to make a quilt top. You can check out HONEST FABRIC for this process. If you have a up and down to a top pin a piece of paper to that edge and write on it “TOP EDGE.’ I do not measure for billing until the quilt is done. I have seen quilts shrink as much as three inches side to side and top to bottom.

Middle

Stuffing/Batting comes it many types. Cotton-poly-wool, and each one has variation. I like and use mostly 80/20 poly/ cotton 6 oz, this product has a 3/8 inch loft. I can double that and have 1/2 inch loft. The only thing I have on hand is 80/20 poly at 108 inch wide, I get it by the roll and cut what I need. The cost is $.0015 per square inch. so a quilt size of 80″X 80,” I would need 4 inches bigger all the way around the quilt top, top-bottom-left-right sides would be 88″X 88″=7744 square inches X .$.0015=$11.62 your cost for batting for your quilt. It you want something different you will have to supply it. I have quilted for folks who have sent a thin light weight batting that there was no loft to the finished product and they were not happy. You have spent a lot of time and money on your quilt, think about how you want your quilt to look like, puffy or not.

Back

There are hundreds of fabric that can be made into a back. Two main things about backs. They HAVE TO BE 5 inches bigger all the way around, top, bottom, left, and right sides. So a quilt top that is 80 inches wide and 80 inches long should have a back no smaller than 90 inches wide and 90 inches long. I will not quilt one that is SMALLER.

The other is if you sew fabric together to make a back the seam needs to go from left side to right side. If you make your seam go from top side to bottom side the seam runs up and down and there is a different pull on the left side than the right side of the seam and sometimes the material is so loose on one side of the seam that the fabric will fold over as it is being sewn and that looks really BAD. Your choice. We charge $20.00 an hour to build a back or fix it. Some people have used a flat bed sheet as a back just make sure it is a big enough sheet.

Thread

Signature 100% cotton tex 40 weight machine quilting is the only thread I use. There are solids and variegated colors, If I don’t have your color I can get it.

Pantograph

I do edge to edge pantographing. I get pantographs from Quilts Complete and Karlee Porter. Check them out and choose one and tell us, then we will get it and put it in our library and no cost to you. I charge $.01 a square inch for regular pantographing and $.02 for Graffiti.

Miscellaneous

Build a back, fix open seams on quilt tops, trimming or needs that come up on a quilt we charge $20.00 an hour.

Binding a Quilt if you furnish fabric then it is $.10 a running inch.

Labels can be Embroidered on either front or back. The cost is $1.00 per 1,000 stitches.

Pricing Example

Top @ $.01 square inch.
Graffiti Quilting @ $.02 square inch.
Batting @ $.0015 square inch.
Binding @ $.10 an inch.
Label @ $1.00 per 1,000 stitches.

Top 80 x 80 = 6400 square inches.
Batting 88 x 88 = 7744 square inches.
Binding 80+80+80+80 = 320 inches.
Label “Mom 2019” = 5000 stitches.

Total

$64.00
$11.62
$32.00
$5.00

$112.62

Top 80 x 80 = 6400 square inches with Graffiti Quilting.
Batting 88 x 88 = 7744 square inches.
Binding 80+80+80+80 = 320 inches.
Label “Mom 2019” = 5000 stitches.

Total


$128.00
$11.62
$32.00
$5.00

$176.62

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