Quilt Longarm Services
We are now accepting quilts for our longarm services!
Our quilting costs $0.02/square inch.
If you’d like to bring your quilt in, we require an initial intake meeting where we take a look at your quilt with you and go over quilt size, thread, batting, charges, etc. A scheduled meeting with our longarm expert is required.
This button will redirect you to our square site for booking.
Please be sure to read the qualifications below and prep your quilt accordingly prior to your intake meeting.
Guidelines on how to prep your quilt for our longarm:
- Make sure to square up your quilt top. The quilt should measure the same across the top and bottom; if you turn it, left and right.
- Press your quilt so that it lays flat. Gently fold and place on a hanger to keep it from wrinkling.
- Make sure the borders are not wavy, and that there are no ripples or puffy spots. These imperfections will cause folds, creases, and lumps as you quilt. This is the most common problem we see. We will check your quilt for these issues before accepting it.
- Make sure seams are secure, and that there are no open gaps in the seams. The machine will get stuck in these areas.
- For quilt tops that are borderless, stay-stitching a quarter inch from the edge of the quilt will keep seams from popping open.
- Indicate the top of the quilt by marking it with tape or a safety pin with the word “top”, so we know which direction to quilt. Also, if the backing has a definite top and bottom, indicate those too.
- Trim all loose threads!
- The backing should be at 10″ – 12″ wider and longer than the quilt top. This means that there should be at least 4″ extra on each side. For example, a 60″x80″ quilt top should have a 68″x88″ backing
- Press flat. Make sure that there are no hard creases. Failure to remove these wrinkles before-hand will make it virtually impossible to remove them after it’s quilted.
- If you piece the backing, remove the selvage edges before sewing them together. Use 1/2″ seams, and press the seams open.
- Square up the backing fabric on all sides.
- Bedsheets are not suitable as a backing. The tight weave of bedsheets will cause tension problems with the machine.
- Batting should be 8″-10″ longer and wider than the quilt top.
Other little things:
- You can pick thread color and thread as long as it is made by Aurifil, Superior, Madeira or Mettler 40 or 50 weight.
- Please: no rush jobs.
- No quilt TOPS bigger than 108″ WIDE.
Want to help and get your quilt’s stitching finished? Contact us via email with a picture and info about the charity at Catessewmodern@gmail.com
We reserve the right to turn down any quilt that has piecing issues that may interfere with our ability to complete it successfully. The number of quilts we accept will vary depending on the size of each donation we receive.