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Long Arm Quilting Services


How fun would it be to have your quilt quilted in Alaska? I have a computerized Gamill longarm quilting machine and hundreds of quilting patterns.  Each quilt is quilted with a new needle with thread ends tied and buried in the body of the quilt. I can quilt cotton, batik, minky, flannel, fleece, t-shirt and plush fabrics.

I can also bind your quilt, add a quilt hanger or create a label. If you prefer to do your own quilting, I offer basting services as well.

I can make or finish your quilt for you. Do you have quilt projects you have put down and never got back to? I am happy to take your project in the state it is in and finish it for you. I can piece and finish your quilt top, or if you buy a pattern, fabric or kit, I can make your quilt from scratch. I can design a quilt for you using my fabrics or your fabrics. I also make T-shirt quilts as well as crown-royal bag quilts or baby clothes memory quilts. My piecing rates are very reasonable and I will work within your budget to provide you with what you want most efficiently. Please visit the quilt making page to learn more!





 

Batting

Batting: You can provide your own batting for your quilt, or you can purchase from me. I use Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting and a pricing chart is given below. I can quilt cotton, poly, or wool battings.

Backing

Typically, you provide the backing for your quilt. Backings should be 6 inches wider and 6 inches longer than the quilt top at a minimum. You do not need to trim the back fabric down to this size, I prefer to have the whole amount of back fabric so there is wiggle room if the quilt is out of square or the backing is uneven across the top and bottom.This also eliminates the waste between you cutting it to mounting size and my trimming after it comes off the machine. I return any remaining backing fabric to you that is over 2 inches wide (or even those scraps if you want).

If you have a seam in the back, please be sure to let me know if you want the seam centered on the back or if it doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t matter, I can sandwich the quilt so you get the remainder of the backing fabric back in larger pieces. By default, I will use the “it doesn’t matter” method. If you need me to seam the back, I am happy to do so for a nominal fee. If you need a quilt back, I will select appropriate fabric from my stash of quilting cotton. My prices for fabric are $1 per square foot ($10 per yard).

Washing Backings

It is highly recommended deep colors such as red, navy, dark purple or blacks be washed prior to quilting if you have light fabrics in your quilt top as these colors may bleed during washing. Minky, plush and flannel fabrics should also be washed prior to quilting as these fabrics shrink differently than cottons. If you need me to, I can wash these for you for a nominal fee. I only wash once, so if you want to be certain colors won’t bleed you would want to wash until they no longer are releasing any dyes before sending to me.

Ironing: I rarely iron clients quilt tops or backs. The condition you provide these to me is the condition I will quilt them. If there is a serious need to iron anything, there will be an additional charge.

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Threads

I provide a thread neutral or solid color 30 or 40 wt thread from Superior Threads, which is included in the price of the quilting. I also have a wide selection of Superior’s variegated threads for an additional fee as shown below. If you would like to provide your own thread, please ensure it is good quality 30 or 40 weight thread. At this time I do not offer quilting with metallic threads.

Variegated Threads

Variegated threads add a wonderful dimension to your quilt. I have not met a quilt yet that variegated threads would not work on. Typically, a variegated is used on the top and a solid on the back, but variegated is lovely on the back as well. The prices for variegated thread are by quilt size, per side.

Variegated Thread Pricing

Size

Top

Top & Back

Lap, Baby, Other Small

$10

$20

Twin

$15

$35

Full

$20

$40

Queen

$25

$50

King

$30

$60


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Turnaround Time

I do my best to keep my longarm quilting turnaround time to 30-45 days between the day I receive your quilt and the day I ship it back, however this occasionally needs to be adjusted due to the volume of quilts coming in, particularly around the holidays. I can do exceptions if you have a quilt that absolutely must be done in less than 30 days. In this case there is a $50 expedite surcharge and shipping costs will likely increase. For piece work I generally need 60 days, and for building a quilt from scratch I prefer 90 days. Turnaround times are estimates and are not guaranteed.

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Estimates

The estimate will be based upon the size of the quilt, complexity of design, and the materials used. There is a $45.00 minimum per order. To request an estimate, please email me at akq@akquiltworks.com Be sure to provide a valid return email address and phone number. You should receive an estimate of cost, turnaround time, and suggested quilting designs within 48 hours. If you do not hear back from me, it is because I have not received your email or my mail to you has bounced back.

You are also welcome to call me at 907-230-1943. If I am unable to answer please leave me a message with your contact information and I will call you back. I always respond so if you don’t hear from me, something has gone wrong and I did not get your message.

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Long Arm Quilting Rates

I offer edge-to-edge, sashing & borders, blocks, stitching-in-the-ditch, and basting. The quilting rate includes a new needle and a neutral or solid color thread. Thread ends in the body of the quilt are tied and buried. The quilt is mounted on the quilting frame, squared, and then basted before quilting. After quilting, basting threads are removed and the quilt is trimmed in preparation for binding. Any backing materials in excess of 2” wide are returned to you. Any useful batting is also returned.

Squaring: Even the most perfect quilt can be slightly out of square. I mount the quilt on the quilt frame to provide the squarest possible framing of your quilt top. Minor deviations during piecing can result in one side of a quilt being slightly longer than the other. This often happens with bias triangles or when sashings and borders are sewn on without measuring & pinning. If you had an area large enough to lay the quilt top absolutely flat, you would see any extra length as small ripples in the fabric. This can result in tucks during quilting. I mount and monitor the quilt to compensate for and minimize issues arising from deviations in the quilt size, fabric bias, or seaming.

Pricing Method: The longarm quilting prices are based on the total square inches of a quilt, not individual sections of the quilt added together. Regardless of the type of quilting used, each quilt and back must be mounted, squared, basted, and rolled. The quilt design(s) are fit to the quilt, aligned and closely monitored. Every start or stop of a quilt design have two thread ends to be tied and buried. Short story, the more designs, the more fitting, aligning, monitoring, and thread tying.

Bundling: I do bundle pricing when combining quilting and binding, if you have me do the binding after I have quilted your quilt, the binding is 20% off!

Edge-to-Edge (e2e) Pricing: 2¢ per square inch; $45.00 minimum

This is the most popular and economical quilting method. The quilting consists of one design repeated across the quilt top from one edge of the quilt to the other edge. This method can also be used successfully on applique and embroidery. This quilting runs uninterrupted across all elements of the quilt.

Example Pricing at 2 cents per square inch

Size

Cost

100 x 100 inches

$200

90 x 100 inches

$180

80 x 90 inches

$144

70 x 80 inches

$112

50 x 60 inches

$60


Borders and Individual Blocks: 3.5¢ per square inch; $45.00 minimum: 

The price includes one separate quilting design in addition to the e2e design. Typically, the e2e will float across the body and any sashings of the quilt, and the border will be independently quilted with a complimentary design fitted to the border. Borders can include corners and go around all four sides of the quilt, or simply across or down only two sides.

I also have several quilt designs specifically for blocks. Each individual quilt block is carefully measured and the quilting adjusted to account for minor deviations in block size due to seaming or fabric bias. Block quilt designs can continue across the sashings and borders, or you might choose a complimentary border design or e2e for the sashings and border.

Example Pricing at 3.5 cents per square inch

Size

Cost

100 x 100 inches

$350

90 x 100 inches

$315

80 x 90 inches

$252

70 x 80 inches

$196

50 x 60 inches

$105


Custom Quilting and Stitching-in-the-Ditch: 4.5¢ per square inch; $45.00 minimum

This price is for when multiple quilt designs are used, such as separate designs for the border, sashings, and the body of the quilt, or when more than one block design is used. Stitching in the ditch has its own unique challenges as no seam is ever laser-straight, so basically the quilter is freehand quilting which is extremely time consuming. I reserve the right to charge additional rates based on the complexity of the quilting.

Example Pricing at 4.5 cents per square inch

Size

Cost

100 x 100 inches

$450

 90 x 100 inches

$405

80 x 90 inches

$324

70 x 80 inches

$252

50 x 60 inches

$135


Freehand Quilting

At this time I do not offer freehand quilting, such as filling around piecing or applique. The computerized quilting does such beautiful work I do not have much of a need for freehand quilting on the longarm. However, there are times when you would want to fill in around all the little details of applique or want other special quilting details so you would want to find a freehand quilter who does this type of detailed work. I can freehand on my table top sewing machine so if you have small areas on your quilt top, I may be able to provide this service for you.

Super Economy Rate
Pricing: 1.8¢ per square inch; $45.00 minimum

There are times when you’d like to get a quilt long-armed but just can’t justify the cost. If you will take some of the work off my plate, I will reduce the e2e rate to 1.8 cents a square inch. In this case, I do not tie off and bury the thread ends or make any extraordinary effort to ensure your quilt comes out as square as possible or extra fabric does not tuck. I do not center any seams. I do baste, but leave the basting threads in for you to pull out. I might not trim the quilt. I may quilt with a previously used needle. Small errors will not be pulled out and restitched. Thread colors included in this cost are white, cream, tan, or grey.

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Quilt Basting

Pricing: 1¢ per square inch; $45.00 minimum

Do you prefer to quilt your own quilts? I can baste your quilt for you so you can more easily quilt by hand or by machine. Basting helps to keep your quilt square and seams straight while you quilt and also keeps the top and back from moving. I typically baste in 6-inch squares from edge to edge, however I can baste in 4-inch squares upon request. 4-inch basting is particularly useful if you plan to hold the quilt in your lap without a frame while you hand quilt.

I use a bright color on the back such as yellow, orange or lime, so basting threads are easy to see to pull out. I will use a neutral color on the top so it doesn’t distract you while quilting. I baste in 1-inch long stitches, but the stitch length can be increased upon request. I do not trim the quilt after basting unless requested to do so.

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Binding

I am happy to bind your quilt for you. I typically do machine binding but also provide hand binding at twice the cost of machine binding. Specialized binding such as curves, prairie points, or piping are also available. If I am quilting your quilt as well as binding it, I bundle the cost which reduces the binding price by 20%.

Binding Prices

Size

Machine Binding Bundled with Quilting

Machine Binding Only No Quilting

Hand

Binding

Specialty Binding

King

$60

$75

Double

Custom Pricing

Queen

$54

$68

Double

Custom Pricing

Full

$49

$61

Double

Custom Pricing

Twin

$43

$54

Double

Custom Pricing

Smaller than 70 x 80 in

$0.15 per inch

$0.18 per inch

$0.35 per inch

Custom Pricing

Super King (over 105 x 105 in)

$80

$100

Double

Custom Pricing


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Quilt Sleeves

Quilt Sleeves enable you to hang your quilt evenly from a rod, such as a quilt rod or a curtain rod. This allows the quilt weight to hang evenly which does not distort the top of the quilt. I machine sew the top of the sleeve to the top raw edge of the quilt (over which any binding would go) and hand tack the bottom of the sleeve to the back of the quilt, proving extra spacing in the sleeve so a rod can be inserted without the causing the front of the quilt to bow out around the rod. I can use the remainder of your backing fabric, a different fabric you provide, or I can use a complimentary fabric from my stash. Pricing is 4 cents a linear inch. If you just want me to prepare the quilt sleeve and machine sew to the top raw edge of the quilt and you hand tack the bottom, the price would be 50% less.

Example Quilt Sleeve Pricing

Quilt Sleeve Width

I finish by hand tacking

You finish by hand tacking

100 inches

$40

$20

40 inches

$16

$8

20 inches

$8

$4


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Quilt Labels

Quilt labels are a wonderful way to preserve the origins of a quilt. The labels might say things like the title of the quilt, who made the quilt, who the quilt was for, where it was made, or the year it was made. I print your message from my computer onto a complimentary fabric and then heat set the ink with an iron and hand baste the label edge(s) to the back of the quilt. I offer two price ranges, basic ($5) and special ($10).

The basic label is a triangle sewn into the back lower corner of the quilt and covered on two edges with the binding and the top edge is hand tacked down. ($5)

The special label is either a label that is hand tacked on all sides, such as a heart or rectangle, or the basic label trimmed out somehow, such as adding a bit of trim to the top edge. ($10)

Examples of quilt labels:


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