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Do You Need Your Quilt Based Together?

Some Quilters just want to hand Stitch their quilt top, batting and backing together. This hand stitching gives the quilt a nice traditional feel. That’s great! To make your hand stitching project easier, try having you quilt layers based together on a Longarm Quilting Machine. This makes the job much easier. Gone are the days when you had to use your dining room table to baste your layers together.

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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 Do I Get Skipped Stitches?

It’s not uncommon to get skipped stitches when sewing, especially after sewing a few large projects. If experience skipped stitches change your needle. Needles wear out due to the constant friction. Some materials such as Batiks are harder on the needle and require a needle change between projects. Good quality needles are important. Schmetz makes a great sewing machine needle. There are also titanium coated needs that last through a few projects. If you are a Longarm Quilter you probably use a 40 wt. thread if so, you want to use a #18 needle; although, I frequently use a #16 in my Bernina Q24 and it seems to work just fine. Unless you are using a titanium needle, I recommend change your needle every time you start a new project. If this doesn’t work, clean out your bobbin case area. It’s surprising how much thread dust builds up inside the machines.

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 Still Waiting To Get Your Quilt Back From The Quilter?

Are you tired of waiting to get your quilt back from the quilter? Most quilters have a four week turnaround time or longer. Do you need your quilt fast? See Lady VanWinkle’s in Cascade Locks. At Lady VanWinkle’s you can get your quilt back in one week or less. Get your project quilted with high quality stitches. Lady VanWinkle has the Bernina Q24 with the Q-Matic computer. Don’t wait for weeks to get your quilt back. 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.

Should I Include Borders On My Quilt?

I recommend adding borders to quilts for a few reasons. Borders add a nice touch to a quilt. It is like putting a frame around a picture; it adds dimension and gives the quilt a finished look. I like using a one and a half inch to two inch wide border that contrasts the colors in the quilt, then add a four inch to six inch border fabric that matches or complements one of the patterns used in the quilt.

Another reason the you might want to add borders is that adding borders is a quick way to add to the width and length of your quilt. Have you ever found a quilt pattern that you really liked but the pattern dimensions were too small. Don’t let that stop you. Use the pattern and add borders to the desired width and length.

The final reason why I recommend borders is that sewing the borders around your quilt ties in the edges of the piece work. If you decide you do not want borders you will need to sew a stitch around the edges of your quilt to prevent the pieces from separating and stretching. The longarm quilter will most likely charge you an extra fee if it’s not done.

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 Type Of Batting Should I Use?

There are several good brands of batting in the marketplace. I use 100% cotton or an 80/20 cotton blend 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. When washing use as little agitation as possible or wash in machine with no agitation.

Another batting I like to use is 100% wool. Wool batting produces a light weight quilt with 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 have had much success using a front load wash machine.

Quilts with cotton batting are heavier weight and have lower loft; where as, the Wool batting has a lighter weight and a higher loft. The wool gives warmth without the weight. The fiber breaths, allowing excess heat to disperse away from the body.

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.

Preparing 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.

Does Lady VanWinkle’s Provide a Binding Service?

So, you love to quilt but you don’t like the binding process? That’s great. We would love to bind your quilt for you. One way to add value to you quilt is the heirloom binding stitch. Lady VanWinkle’s provides a beautiful finished binding stitch and she is ready to help you finish your quilt. See the binding stitch below. Now is a great time to get your quilt bound as the Binding pricing has just been reduced. CLICK on one of the links below to visit 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.

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.

PAISLEY_SWIRL

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.

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.