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Do You Need Your Quilt Top Finished?

So your quilt top is unfinished and is sitting on the table or packed away in a box. Life has got busy and you just don’t have the time to finish your project. Life happens. Not to worry… Lady VanWinkle’s is a full service studio. If you need your Quilt Top finished or, just need your quilt bound Lady VanWinkle’s is here to help. See Stitch Pattern of the month.

Bellflower Stitch

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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.

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.

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.

About Lady VanWinkle’s

Lady VanWinkle’s provides a Longarm quilting service to quilters who want to enhance their hand crafted projects with high quality edge to edge stitches.

The owner, Diana Reedy VanWinkle, is passionate about working with you to choose the best pattern and thread color for your quilt. She provides a smoke free environment so your quilt leaves the studio smelling fresh.

All quilting is done using the Bernina Q24 Longarm machine with the Q-Matic computer that produces high quality stitches for the quilt you want to SHOWCASE or HEIRLOOM Quilt you want to pass down to a loved one.

Lady VanWinkle’s Studio is located in Cascade Locks.

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Longarm Quilting

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 Is The Turnaround Time From The Longarm Quilter?

It seem like the average turnaround time from the longarm quilter is four to six weeks. In some studio’s the backlog can be 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.

Are You Looking For A Longarm Quilter?

Are you looking for a Longarm Quilter? Look no further! Lady VanWinkle’s has many beautiful quilt patterns to choose from and the pricing is very reasonable. Visit Lady VanWinkle’s website and Click on the Services and Pricing page. And, while you are there, Click on the Testimonials page and see what people are saying. If you are still not sure, take a look at the Quilt Gallery.

At Lady VanWinkle’s studio you can schedule an appointment to choose your pattern and thread color in a relaxing smoke free environment.

Are you looking for high quality service? Lady VanWinkle’s the place to go!

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.

How Do I Choose A Longarm Pattern?

You will choose from several longarm stitch patterns we have available. If we don’t have what you are looking for, we can purchase a pattern that meets your needs. You will meet at the Lady VanWinkle’s studio, or an agreed upon location to review pattern options and thread color options that best fits your project. I’m here to help you finish your quilt. Together we will select the best pattern and thread color for your project. We use a high quality 40 wt. thread. We have Omni and Madura high quality thread available in many colors. If we don’t have exactly what you want, we can get it as long as they make it. Our passion is to add value to your project and to deliver your quilt in the shortest lead-time possible.

Bubble Gum Batik|60 X 80 Multi-Color | 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.

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

  • 80″ X 80″ volume– $8.00

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 or Lap Quilt – No Charge
  • Twin or Full – $8.00
  • Queen – $13.00
  • King Size – $15.00

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 $0.20

Basting for Hand Quilter

  • Machine basted 1” stitch every 5 to 6 inches to prepare for hand quilting – $0.1 per square inch, minimum $30.

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.

How Do I Prepare My Quilt For Longarm Quilting?

You want to make sure all your seams are ironed flat and there is not a lot of fabric bulk. This is one of the most important step to producing a high quality product. Too much fabric bulk can cause skipped stitches during the Longarm quilting process. Check for loose threads on the top side; we will remove thread if you miss a few. Trim all long hanging threads on the back of your top quilt.

It is not always easy to make a perfectly squared 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 boarders you may be able to trim the edges to square your quilt. If you are only off by a 1/4″ it’s probably not a big deal but, no more than 1/2″.

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. It’s okay to leave the selvage on your backing outer edges. The selvage will need to be removed from any seams in the backing. Absolutely no selvage in the top quilt. Selvage can cause skipped stitches during the Longarm stitching process. Also, the shrink factor in the selvage is different than the material. Remove the selvage!

Press and remove loose threads.

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.