LONGARM QUILTING SERVICES

Why YES; I'd LOVE to quilt for you!  😀.  Seriously -- whether it's your first quilt ever or you have created a masterpiece destined for a quilt show, I would be delighted to quilt your top in a way that enhances your patchwork and shows your work in the best possible light.  


However...  I currently have been blessed with an abundance of wonderful clients wanting me to quilt for them and I only have so many hours in a day for quilting.  In order to get caught up with the backlog of quilts already in my queue and keep my turnaround time reasonable for my existing clients, I am currently unable to accept projects from new clients.  If you are an EXISTING client (I have quilted for you previously and you have a new project you'd like me to quilt), this does not apply to you.  Existing clients should reach out to me as soon as possible via email or text and I will do everything in my power to fit you in.  


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 Let's Get Your Quilt Top Scheduled for Quilting!

Most of the questions I get about quilting services are answered below, but if you are ready to book your quilt now (and don't have time to read through all of that), go ahead and shoot me an email:

Rebecca@RebeccaGraceQuilting.com

Your Email Should Include:

  1. The dimensions of your quilt
  2. Your deadline, if you have one
  3. Any quilting designs you have in mind
  4. Your phone number and the best time to reach you  
  5. Attach a photo.  If your top isn't finished yet, feel free to send the pattern photo and/or work-in-progress photos.

Need More Info? Read On...

Edge-to-Edge Quilting: 

Echo Bubble Meander E2E

Edge-to-Edge Computerized Pantograph quilting (E2E) uses a repeating design that flows across the entire surface of your quilt.  My machine is computerized and I resize every design to ensure it's the perfect scale and density to complement each quilt.  I have 500+ quilting designs to choose from and I'm constantly adding more.  If you have something specific in mind for your quilt, that's great.  If you don't know what you want, I'll be happy to make suggestions once I receive your quilt top!  😁

A Bit of Fun E2E

PRICING:

Quilting Labor Thread + Batting  = Total 


1. Quilting Labor: 


Quilting labor depends on the size of your quilt, the complexity of the design, and how long it will take me to complete your quilt.  I quote labor individually for each quilt and give my clients a written estimate up-front before beginning the work, but here are some typical charges to give you an idea: My minimum quilting charge for wallhangings and very small quilts is $60.  Expect to pay about $70 for a baby quilt, $115 for a lap/throw quilt, $225 for a full/queen quilt, and $300 for a king.

 

Graffiti #7 E2E

2. Thread

The actual cost of thread used on your quilt (not an entire cone) will be added to your final invoice.  The thread cost for a Queen quilt with a moderate density E2E design is typically less than $15.   

 

3. Batting

I sell quilt batting by the linear inch.

I stock a wider variety of high-quality battings than most quilt shops -- because what's inside the quilt really does make a difference!  Once I receive your quilt top, I can recommend the perfect batting based on your budget, the look you want, and the intended use of your finished quilt. 


Have you already purchased your batting?  That's fine too -- just check with me to confirm that your batting is large enough and that it's suitable for long arm quilting.  


Shipping 

Long distance customers can ship their quilt tops and backing to me using the carrier of their choice.  I ship completed quilts back to clients via UPS (my discounted business rates with UPS are cheaper than what the U.S. Post Office charges, yet UPS includes twice as much insurance at no additional cost -- and their reliability and tracking capabilities are superior to ensure that your quilt arrives safely on your doorstep).  The actual return shipping cost will be added to your final invoice.  

 

Options for Local Quilt Drop-Off & Pickup

Drop-offs and pickups at my home studio are by appointment only.  Local customers who wish to meet with me in person can schedule a drop off at my home studio in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, NC.   You can also schedule your drop-off/pickup before or after a guild meeting, once they start meeting in person again (Either the Charlotte Quilters' Guild or the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild).  


North Carolina Sales Tax 

Per state law, North Carolina/Mecklenburg County sales tax, currently 7.25%, applies to all orders that are dropped off and/or picked up locally.  Sales tax is not added to orders that are both shipped to my studio from outside North Carolina AND shipped back to an out-of-state address. If I am shipping your quilt back to an address within North Carolina but outside of Mecklenburg County, then whatever sales tax rate is in effect in your home county will be applied to your order.

 

Other FAQs:

  • Backing fabric should be at least 5-6" beyond the edges of your quilt top on all four sides Example: a 60" x 80" quilt needs backing that measures at least 72" x 92".  Bigger is better!    If your backing needs to be seamed, it's best to use a 1/2" seam allowance, a short stitch length (2.0 works great), and press the seam OPEN to reduce bulk.  One more thing -- quilt backings need to be square when they are loaded on a frame, meaning that opposite edges are parallel and corners are 90 degrees, to prevent wavy ripples turning into tucks or pleats on the back of the quilt.  If you are generous with the size of your backing fabric, I can square up your edges if needed and still have plenty of backing to load your quilt.  Any excess backing fabric will be returned to you.  I am happy to seam and square your backing fabric for you for an additional $15 fee.
  • If you are shipping your quilt to me, it should be pressed and loosely folded in a large enough box to ensure that your quilt does not arrive crumpled and deeply creased.  Please do not cram it into the tiniest little box you can find...  
  • Quilts With "Personality": Ideally, every quilt top would be squareall seams would be completely sewn with no holes, and every quilt border would lay flat as a pancake.   However, there are no quilt police allowed in my studio and there is no such thing as a perfect quilt top!  If your quilt has problems that you don't know how to fix, let's figure it out together.  I LOVE helping beginners finish quilts they can be proud of! 
  • What About Binding?: Although I am no longer able to offer binding services to my quilting clients due to time constraints, I will gladly refer you to my favorite tutorials for either hand or machine binding to help you through that last finishing step for your quilt.  Just ask.  :-)
  • Jobs are scheduled for quilting in the order received.  Your quilt will be added to my schedule as soon as I receive your quilt top, backing, and batting (if using your own).  I typically schedule edge-to-edge orders 3-4 weeks out but lead times can get quite a bit longer as we approach the holidays.  If you are making a special gift with a deadline for a wedding/baby shower/Christmas/Hanukkah etc., please get those tops to me as early as possible!  😉.   
  • Payment is due in full at the time you pick up your quilt, or prior to my shipping it back to you.  In most cases (commission quilts and heavy custom quilting being the exceptions), I do not require an advance deposit.  I accept cash, personal checks, Zelle, or PayPal, but I am not able to take credit cards at this time.

What About Custom Quilting? 

I have a very limited number of slots available for custom quilting, just a few per year.  Custom quilts are accepted on a case-by-case basis, by appointment only, and are always quoted individually.  There is a huge demand for custom quilting right now and although I enjoy this type of work, these projects require an enormous investment of my time and creative energy.  However...  Many times I've had clients bring me quilt tops that they think "need" custom quilting, and I've been able to find a fabulous edge-to-edge design that was perfect for their quilt, even better than custom quilting would have been.  I have even had that happen with some of my own quilts that I originally planned as custom quilting, but then fell in love with a dynamic and exciting edge to edge design that was like a match made in heaven for my quilt top.  I will always give you my honest opinion based on your quilt top and your goals and objectives for the finished quilt, and if we determine that your quilt needs a level of quilting that I'm not able to provide at this time, I will refer you to another quilter who is a better fit for your project.  


Custom quilting is truly a collaboration between the longarm quilter and the maker of the quilt top, kind of like singing a duet, and these projects are most successful if you and I have creative styles that mesh well.  I only accept custom projects that I'm excited about, and I need to have enough creative freedom to enjoy the long hours I'll spend working with your quilt.  Note that, even with the assistance of computerization, it can take me a full month to design and execute custom quilting on a bed-size quilt, and the cost for that level of quilting is typically over a thousand dollars.  Lead times for custom quilting can be 3-6 months out, and I cannot guarantee a firm deadline for completion.  


If you've read through all of the above and you are still interested in hiring me to custom quilt for you, please email me a photograph of your quilt top along with dimensions and any ideas you may have about how you envision the quilting.  I can't wait to see what you've been working on!

So...  Ready to Schedule Your Top for Quilting?

If you have any questions that I haven't answered here, just email me:

Rebecca@RebeccaGraceQuilting.com




Your Email Should Include:

  1. The dimensions of your quilt
  2. Your deadline, if you have one
  3. Any quilting designs you have in mind
  4. Your phone number and the best time to reach you  
  5. Attach a photo.  If your top isn't finished yet, feel free to send the pattern photo and/or work-in-progress photos.


Thank you so much -- I'm looking forward to quilting for you!

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