Getting your quilt top and backing ready for the long arm quilter is much easier when you know what to expect.
It depends on the size and complexity of your quilt. My fee starts at $0.025 per square inch. Here is a simple guide to calculate a rough cost depending on your quilt's measurements:
If your quilt top is 70 inches x 80 inches, multiply 70×80 = 5600 square inches. Then, multiply 5600 inches by 0.02. So the cost for finishing a simple quilt that's 70 x 80 is $140.00.
If you would like customized work, the fee will increase as the detail required increases.
No. My long arm machine is 14 feet in length, and I can do any length.
Batting needs to be about as big as the backing (3-4 extra inches on each side of the quilt). I provide a wide variety of backings and will cut and prepare the batting for you. One less thing to worry about.
I do have a rush fee of $75.
A timeline is discussed at the intake meeting. I am straight forward with this. If there is ever any complication and the timeline needs to change, I will contact you.
If your quilt top has a lot of seams along the edge, it is a great idea to sew a ¼ inch stay stitch around the perimeter.
Also, indicate where the top of the quilt is if it is not obvious – for example, if it's a non-directional print.
I accept quilts in person or by mail in beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia. If you live in the area, please call or email me to make an appointment using the information on my contact page.
I will email my shipping address to you. Pack your top in a plastic bag in case the package should get wet in transit. Always get shipping insurance. Your quilt is precious.
If there are any concerns about your quilt such as wavy borders, wrinkles, and excessive thread, I will contact you and we can discuss the options. I am very clear and up front about my pricing and services. You will never have any surprises when paying for the services rendered.
I do. My minimum charge is $50 per quilt.
If you are shipping your quilt to me for quilting, you are responsible for shipping costs both ways. I highly recommend purchasing shipping insurance for the quilt both ways. I do offer batting, so that can help reduce the price of shipping one way.
If you are providing your own backing, it needs to be at least 4 inches wider on each side than the quilt itself. So, if your quilt top is 70 inches x 80 inches, your backing will measure 78 inches x 88 inches.
If the backing needs to be pieced, make sure to use ½ inch seam. Assure that the grain of fabric is going in the same direction for both pieces. Iron the backing.
If you are going to use widebacks (which are super handy), please prewash them as they shrink more than quilters cotton.
If you would like to use a sheet, please check with me beforehand to verify if it will be a good fit.
No. I have a wide selection of high quality thread that I provide with my quilting services.
- trim extra threads
- check that the quilt top is square
A few frequently asked questions about my in person workshops.
What supplies you need depends on the workshop and the location. Please refer to your classroom notes for details. Usually all you really need is a paper and pen.
Generally, a lecture is the instructor teaching and students have handouts and various activities. A class usually refers to hands-on activities. If in doubt just email me!
This depends on the workshop. Read the class description carefully. If you are still unsure, just reach out to me in an email to ask any question.
I took my first long arm class without owning a long arm. I have used my teaching skills to develop courses that can challenge all learners.
A few frequently asked questions about coaching with me.
How we do one thing is usually how we do all things. So although my area of expertise is in building long arm quilting business, I recognize that life is not in neat little packages (compartimentalized). My coaching expertise expands to topics such over-eating, relationships, money mindset, and self-coaching with a model that will solve any problem.
Coaching with me is a good fit if:
- You are serious about your long arm quilting business.
- You are willing to take action that is out of your comfort zone.
- You are running a long arm business already and haven't seen the results that you would like.
- You would like to make more money in your business and increase your client base.
- You want more from your business but are unsure of how to get there.
- There are big things that you want to do but have no clue how to get there.
- You are willing to change your daily practices and actions to get different results.
- You want to get clarity with the direction you're headed in your long arm business.
You will get out of coaching what you put in. I have seen my clients' eyes light up, goals written down, and huge growth as they take massive action. But that result lies on you, the client. I am here to help and share what I know.
We can discuss any of the following.
Business & entrepreneur elements such as:
- online business (list building, marketing, website assessment).
- personal branding and style.
- Instagram growth and engagement.
- creative mindset and inspiration.
- big dreams, intentional steps toward achieving goals.
- creative direction.
- and more.
Personal development such as:
- limiting beliefs.
Before the session I will send you a few questions so we are ready to make the most of our time together.
This is a 60 minute virtual (face to face) success session via Zoom meetings. Zoom is an easy and user friendly video meeting room platform.
A recording of our meeting will be available within 24 hours.
A few frequently asked questions about my specialized online classes.
One of the best reasons to learn online is that you can stop, rewind and rewatch.
I teach a wide variety of free motion quilting designs such as feathers, swirls, pebbles, and a variety of fills. I also have a wide variety of classes to teach how to approach new ways to quilt. For example, using grids for quilting.
I started out quilting on a standard, domestic machine. Even though now I specialize in teaching how to free motion quilt on a long arm, these skills can be translated to a domestic machine.
Check out my YouTube channel to see my style of teaching. I am always happy to chat with you to get clarity on what you are looking for. I can help you know if it is the right fit.