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How do I Prepare My Quilt For The Longarm Quilter?


You want to make sure all your seams are ironed flat. This is one of the most important step to producing a high quality product. Check for loose hanging threads on the top side of your quilt; we will remove if you miss a few. Trim all long hanging threads at the seams and the backside of your pieced work.

It is not always easy to make a perfectly sqared quilt. One way to check your quilt is to measure across the top, middle and bottom. Take these measurements top to bottom and side to side. Depending on the quilt pattern and borders you may be able to trim the edges to square your quilt. If you are only off by a 1/2″ it’s probably not a big deal. If you are off more than a 1/2″ I will have to alter your quilt to lay flat. Some alterations are extra costs.

Other important step, make sure the batting and backing have at least a 4 inch allowance on all sides. The best way to calculate material needed is to measure the length and width of your quilt and add 8 inches to the length and the width. If your backing is short, leader line can be sewn to your quilt back. Adding leaders is an extra cost.

It’s okay to leave the selvage on your backing outer edges only. Salvage must be removed from all piece work in you quilt top. When salvage is left in the areas that will be longarm stitched stops may occur. Also, the shrink factor in the selvage is different than the material. Remove the selvage!

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Is It Normal To Wait Several Week To Get A Quilt back From A Longarm Quilter?

It seem like the average turnaround time from the longarm quilter is four to six weeks. In some studio’s the backlog is a couple months. This is because there are a lot of quilters and few Longarm quilting studios.

If you need your quilt in a hurry, contact Lady VanWinkle’s. At this time our turn around time is one week. Get your project quilted with high quality stitches. Lady VanWinkle’s has the Bernina Q24 with the Q-Matic computer. You don’t need to wait for weeks to get your quilt back. Click on one of the links below.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Can I Piece Together My Leftover Batting?

I always recommend using a one piece batting on all quilts that are going to receive heavy use. If you decide to piece together your leftover batting, do not use iron on tape. The iron on tape does not hold batting together as the batting is not stable and the tape will separate from the batting. Instead butt the pieces together and run a zigzag stitch to secure the pieces together. This will help prevent the longarm stitching from having stops in the middle of the stitch design. My goal as a Longarm stitcher is to not have any stops.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Does Lady VanWinkle’s Restore Quilt?

Lady VanWinkle’s does restore quilt. Over time quilts get worn around the edges and sometimes the backing wears out. As long as the quilt top, piece work, is in good shape we can restore your quilt for you.

Our process is, we remove the backing and batting and depending on the the condition of the borders we may remove part or all of the borders. Once all damaged material is removed we apply new batting, backing and borders for you. This is the perfect time decide if you want a larger quilt than your original quilt. We can make your quilt larger by adding or extending your borders. You can provide the new materials or we can match your quilt top and select your materials for you. We have the batting on hand.

If you are looking to restore your quilt, click on the Contact Us link below to contact Lady VanWinkle’s. In the message box indicate that you are wanting a Quilt Restoration consultation .

20 year old quilt was restored with new batting, backing, small border, new binding. All restored quilts are finished with decorative stitching of your choosing.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Do You Have A Paisley Stitch Design?

Yes we have a Paisley_Swirl design. It is a frequent choice among the quilter right now. Our machine is the Bernina Q24 Qmatic. This machine produces high quality stitches. Are you ready to send your quilt to a Longarm Quilter. Click on the link below.

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About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

What are Lady VanWinkle’s Services & Pricing?

We try to stay competitive with our pricing. We do not charge for the bobbin thread but, we do charge for a loading fee on quilts larger than a twin size due to the amount of time it takes to load the larger quilts. See Pricing below.

Edge to Edge/Pantograph

  • Minimum $60. for quilts (May include the trimming).
  • Low Density Pattern – $0.020 per square inch
    • Basic, Larger Patterns, more than 1 inch space between patterns
  • Medium Density Pattern – $0.025 per square inch
    • Patterns, on average 1 inch space between patterns
  • Heavy Density Pattern – $0.028 per square inch
    • Patterns that are less than or equal to one inch on average

Thread/ Bobbins

  • Thread is included in the pricing

Loading Fee

  • Lap & Twin – $0.00
  • Full & Queen Size – $10.00
  • King size – $13.00

Batting

Ask about Batting availability at time of purchase – Currently we have:

  • 100% cotton (Nature’s Touch; Warm & Plush)
  • 80/20 Blend (Warm & Natural)
  • 100% Wool (Hobbs Tuscany)
  • 50%/50% cotton+wool (Pellon)

Block & Trim Quilt

  • Baby Quilt – Included in the $60 minimum fee.
  • Lap & Twin – $6.00
  • Full Size – $8.00
  • Queen Size – $10.00

Binding

  • Cost to prepare binding is included in price below: Cut, sew, iron|Customer provides material.
  • Sew binding one side $0.15 per linear inch
  • Sew binding both sides using Heirloom stitch $0.25

Basting for Hand Quilter

  • Machine basted 1” stitch every 5 to 6 inches to prepare for hand quilting – $0.1 per square inch, minimum $25

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

What Services Does Lady VanWinkle’s Offer?

Lady VanWinkle’s LLC offers many services which include but are not limited to Quilting, Binding, Blocking & Trimming and Longarm Basting for hand quilters. So if you just want to focus on your piece work contact Lady VanWinkle’s LLC and we’ll take care of you.

See Below Services and Pricing.

Edge to Edge/Pantograph

  • Minimum $60. for quilts
  • Low Density Pattern – $0.020 per square inch
    • Basic, Larger Patterns, more than 1 inch space between patterns
  • Medium Density Pattern – $0.025 per square inch
    • Patterns, on average 1 inch space between patterns
  • Heavy Density Pattern – $0.028 per square inch
    • Patterns that are less than or equal to one inch on average

Thread/ Bobbins

  • Thread is included in the pricing

Loading Fee

  • Baby Quilt – No loading fee
  • Lap & Twin – $10.00
  • Full size – $13.00
  • Queen size – $15.00

Batting

Ask about Batting availability at time of purchase – Currently we have:

  • 100% cotton (Nature’s Touch; Warm & Plush)
  • 80/20 Blend (Warm & Natural)
  • 100% Wool (Hobbs Tuscany)
  • 50%/50% cotton+wool (Pellon)

Block & Trim Quilt

  • Baby Quilt – $6.00
  • Lap & Twin – $8.00
  • Full Size – $12.00
  • Queen Size – $16.00

Binding

  • Cost to prepare binding is included in price below: Cut, sew, iron|Customer provides material.
  • Sew binding one side $0.15 per linear inch
  • Sew binding both sides using Heirloom stitch $0.30

Basting for Hand Quilter

  • Machine basted 1” stitch every 5 to 6 inches to prepare for hand quilting – $0.1 per square inch, minimum $25

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Why Should I Use A Longarm Quilter?


A Longarm quilter has a specialised quilting machine that stitches the quilt top, batting and backing together. Longarm stitches add life and value to your quilt. Lady VanWinkle’s has the Bernina Q24 with the Q-Matic computerized patterns. The Bernina Longarm machine produces high quality stitches. If we don’t have the stitch pattern your are looking for we can purchase one online.

Quilting is a passion for many of us. We make quilts for our loved ones and many of our quilts will be passed down for generations to come. This is what makes our quilts priceless.

And don’t forget about you….there is nothing like being wrapped in a cozy quilt reading a good book. If you’re looking to add quality to your quilt, see Lady VanWinkle’s contact page.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

What Batting Should I Use For My Quilt?

It all depends on what you want out of a quilt. Are you looking for a lightweight or a heavyweight quilt? Do you want high or, low loft? Or is your quilt a piece of art?

If you want a heavier warm quilt with medium to high loft you might want to use a 100% cotton or an 80/20 cotton/polyester blend with a high loft that has been needle-punched. The benefits of using needle-punched cotton batting is that the batting will not separate or bunch up, even after many washings. You can purchase cotton batting with low, medium or high loft. The cotton/polyester blends have higher loft.

100% polyester batting gives a lightweight, high loft and holds up with repeated washings and heavy use.

If you are looking for lightweight and warmth you might use a 100% wool or a wool blend. Wool batting produces a lightweight quilt with lower loft and excellent loft retention. I use Hobbs Tuscany Collection which can be hand or machine washed. When washing use as little agitation as possible or wash in machine with no agitation. Too much agitation or steam could cause felting in wet wool. I have had much success using a front-loaded wash machine. Wool batting is available needle-punched. The wool gives warmth without the weight. The fiber breaths, allowing excess heat to disperse away from the body.

If you are wanting a batting for wall art, I would recommend using wool batting for the lightweight and the lower loft.

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Cotton Batting
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Cotton Batting

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.

Why Have My Quilt Finished On A Longarm Quilting Machine?

The main reason you might want to have your quilt finished on a Longarm quilting machine is that the longarm computerized stitching adds value to your quilt. Quilts are usually passed down through the generations. Having your quilt finished by a professional longarm quilter will ensure the life of your quilt through the years. The benefit is, there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from. Your longarm quilter will help you choose a pattern and thread color that best compliments your quilt. If you are looking for one on one consultation in a relaxed, no rushed environment go to Lady VanWinkle’s and schedule an appointment .

Another reason might want use a longarm quilter is that it will free up your time to start your next project. At this time Lady VanWinkle’s has a one week turnaround time compared to many other studios that have a four to eight week turnaround time.

A Longarm quilting machine stitches the quilt top, batting and backing together. Lady VanWinkle’s has the Bernina Q24 with the Q-Matic computerized patterns. This machine has many high quality stitch patterns available to choose from. So, if you are making the quilt for your loved one or for yourself and you want to add that special quality touch, go to Lady VanWinkle’s.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Are you looking to buy a handcrafted quilt. Check out our Quilts for Sale. If you are looking to customize your own quilt? Click the following links for Longarm Stitching services or contact us.