Quilting Service

- with a modern quilting style approach.

 

Have you finished this amazing Quilt top and am unsure how to quilt it?

Do you have Unfinished Objects (UFO's) lying around in your cupboard waiting to be quilted?

I am specializing in smaller Quilts ,anything that is up to 82 2/3 inch wide - approx. 2,10 m- is possible. (e.g  Single bed size to Cot Quilts, Tablerunner...).

 

I would love to help you finish all those unfinished Quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted! I do custom quilting too and have a more modern quilting style to offer. I love ruler work and free motion quilting.

I am a Member of the West Australian Quilters Association.

 

Feel free to check out the Photos across my website displaying all the beautiful Quilts I have made to give you an idea of what is possible.

 

Please scroll down to  read the 'Quilt Preparation ' Section below and to see Pricing Guidelines.

 

Quilt Preparation

 

 Backing

 

You must provide backing for your quilt that is at least 5" larger than your quilt top in every direction. This means that the backing must be a total of 10" longer and wider than the length and width of your quilt. For example, if your quilt is 55" x 70", then your backing must be at least 65" x 85".

 

For those not familiar with longarm quilting, the backing must be attached to canvas leaders at the top and bottom and extra fabric is necessary to do this.

Tension is placed on the sides of the quilt with clamps, which can cause distortion on the backing for the first couple of inches: a 5" per side allowance prevents the potential distortion from affecting your quilt.

Backings may be pieced with 1/2" seams ironed open, but selvages must be cut off to prevent puckering. Please square your backing on the grain prior to drop off. When choosing a backing, please remember that the thread on the back will match the quilting thread on the top: the nicest Quilts have a print back in multi tones that coordinate with the colours used in the top or in colors that will match the quilting thread.

 

Wadding

My preference for Wadding is Matildas Own "O -Sew Soft", as it produces a minimal amount of lint and is easy to work with. I can provide wadding for you.


Your Quilt Top

 

In many ways, successful machine quilting depends on the quality of the top's piecing. While some adjustments can be made while quilting, it is a mistake to think that fullness, waving borders and irregular seams will just "quilt out". I will do everything in my power to adjust problem areas through easing, basting, additional quilting, and as a last resort taking tucks, but these steps can result in additional charges and ultimate responsibility for fullness lies with the piecer.

 

Borders

 

Proper measuring and attaching of borders, whether they are the borders of blocks or the final borders of the quilt will go a long way to ensure a lovely flat quilt top. To properly measure a border, measure the width of a top in three places: top, middle and bottom. Find the average of these measurements and cut two borders to this measurement. Find the middle and quarter of each border and mark with a pin then do the same to the sides of your top. Match the pins and gently stretch or ease the pieces together. Iron the seam to the border. Do the same for the length of the quilt. This same process should be used if mitering the corners.

 

Attaching borders by sewing on a long strip then cutting of the excess and continuing around the quilt nearly always results in waving borders. Tearing your border fabric along the grain and then attaching it to your top also will stretch the outside edges of your border and distort them. If you have pieced borders, you can later their length invisibly by sewing a new seam between blocks just inside or outside the existing seam. Each seam adjustment can lengthen or shorten a border by 1/8" inch. So, just four seams can change the measurement by 1/2".

 

 

Stitch in the Ditch

 

Stitch in the Ditch (SID) is a lovely, but time consuming quilting technique. It is usually used to separate borders or highlight blocks, but on full custom quilts can outline much of the piecing or applique'. Successful SID depends primarily on how the seams are pressed. In order for the stitching to lie nearly invisibly in the seam, the seam allowance must be pressed consistently to one side. If the seam allowance waves from side to side, then the SID will appear to jump out of the seam as well. 

 

Prewashing Fabrics

 

I recommend always prewashing your fabrics. It is heartbreaking to spend your time and money on a quilting project only to wash it the first time and find colours migrating. While more modern dying and printing techniques have cut down this problem, it is better to assume that dye migration is possible. Some fabrics, like dark batiks, should be washed multiple times, I recommend placing a scrap of white fabric in with the wash and watching to see if it picks up any loose dye.

Pricing Guideline:

 

*Simple Freemotion edge to edge Quilting...............................................$35 per hr 

*Simple Freemotion Custom Quilting.........................................................$40 per hr

*Complex Custom Quilting..............................................................................Quote upon seeing the Quilt

 

Thank you for entrusting me to help you finish your Quilt!

 

Silke