I quilt on a Gammill Statler computer-controlled longarm quilting machine, providing both edge-to-edge and custom quilting.
I believe every quilt is an heirloom in the making. I look forward to discussing your current project and working with you to bring it to fruition.
Edge-to-Edge quilting is the "bread and butter" of longarm quilting services. It provides the most affordable option to the client, and the quickest and easiest implementation for the quilter, thus the affordability! Edge-to-Edge services are detailed below.
My custom longarm quilting services include four general levels, beginning with adding borders around an all-over (edge-to-edge) pattern, increasing in complexity up to individual designs for each block or section. The level of complexity of the quilt greatly drives the amount of time spent setting up each area, and thus the cost of the service. I have broadly grouped custom quilting into four categories, described below, in the custom quilting sections.
I provide edge-to-edge quilting for $0.025 per square inch, with a $65 minimum on small quilts. (Yes, this is a 2023 price increase.) I have an extensive and always-growing library of patterns, and I can help you choose something, or I also will work with you if you wish to select your own pattern from various sources on the web, adding patterns to my library. A current catalog of my edge-to-edge patterns is available in the "Customer Downloads" section, below.
The Gammill Pattern Cloud has many patterns known to be compatible with the Gammill Statler, and you can view them by clicking "Preview Store" at the link. Additionally, there are many wonderful designers with digitized qli quilting patterns available on the web, such as Karlee Porter, Joyce Lundrigan, Anita Shackelford, Wasatch Quilting, and many others. Any quilting design in qli format can be utilized. Please do not purchase patterns yourself, but rather provide a link and/or pattern name. Keep in mind that a pattern must be "edge-to-edge" in order to qualify for the edge-to-edge pricing. Other pattern types will likely bump you into the next category... custom. If unsure, just inquire. I'd be glad to discuss it with you.
The first category, $0.045 per square inch, adds a border to what is otherwise an edge-to-edge quilt (inside the border). Note that Level 1 does not include more than one border or sashing. The price applies to the whole quilt size.
The photo shows an heirloom top with a simple border added, with the pieced portion quilted edge-to-edge, and a complex feather motif in the border section.
The second category, $0.055 per square inch, includes simple blocks or motifs in various areas of the quilt, without any sashing, stitch-in-the-ditch, or carefully-aligned elements. A single border can be included. For example, if you have a baby quilt with a series of squares where you want to have a teddy bear or a duck in each square, this is your category.
The photo shows a quilt made with 10" square layer cake fabrics, with a border on two sides, a complex-looking example of Level 2. Additional pictures of the quilt are available in the photo gallery.
I reserve the right to modify the above prices if the project is unusually outside my expectations of the category. A "simple square block quilt" with 2" squares, each having their own motif, will not be Level 2. It is probably Level 4. If unsure, drop me a line.
The third category, $0.065 per square inch, incudes complex blocks with elements aligned at seams and corners, limited to squares and 45-degree angles.
The photo shows a case of "Level 3." Also included in the Level 3 category is the "multiple border" quilt, or a square or on-point (45-degree) quilt with sashing or stitch-in-the ditch.
The final category, $0.085 (and up!) per square inch, includes odd block shapes such as hexagons, 30/60 degree triangles, flower shapes, work around applique, etc., with custom motifs aligned to piecing, fills around shapes, background patterns, and so forth. Please consult on exact fee based on the complexity of your layout.
The photo shows individual quilting motifs set individually into piecing shapes, an example of "Level 4."
Quilt backing should be at least 8" longer and wider than the top, allowing a 4" margin on each side for installation on the frame. The backing should be complete (seamed) prior to drop off. If I have to do any sewing of the backing, an $25 hourly fee applies. Bed sheets will not be accepted as backing. If desired, I can provide a few colors of solid backing. See "other services."
The batting should also be larger than the quilt top, at least eight inches longer and wider than the top. I can provide batting if desired. If you provide your own, I advise not to "skimp" on the batting, as it affects the entire character of the quilt. A 100% cotton batting will be "stiffer" than an 80/20 (cotton/polyester), and wool or bamboo is the softest and has the most drape. I also support use of double batting. Wool or poly over an 80/20 base is a popular choice.
Please iron the top. Seams should be ironed to one side, NOT OPEN. Any quilt with open seams may have splits in the piecing after quilting.
Please remove all loose threads, especially dark threads behind light fabric.
If the quilt is so out-of-square that off-frame modifications are required (such as removing and re-applying borders), I will consult with you on the necessary changes. Such non-quilting work will incur a $25 per hour fee. To check that your borders are quiltable, lay the quilt top on a flat surface, such as the floor, and verify that the borders are not "ruffled" (borders too long), or the inner quilt ballooned (borders too small).
If you are not local, quilts can be shipped. Make sure to ship via a reliable method with tracking, as I cannot be responsible for tops/backs not delivered. Contact me for details on shipping, drop-off or pick up. Because I still have a "day job," please coordinate with me for an appointment to drop off if you will be delivering in person.
Please fill out a Quilt Intake Form, available in the Customer Downloads section. You can fill it out on your computer and email it to me (email@example.com), or print it and bring/send it with your quilt, or I can provide you a form when you deliver your quilt.
I currently have Hobbs 80/20 120" and Hobbs 108" wool batting rolls in stock. For a bed-sized quilt, if both dimensions (plus eight inches) are within the 120" or 108" size (allowing the quilt to fit sideways to the batting roll), the batting purchase will be based on the shorter dimension plus eight inches. If the longer dimension (plus eight inches) does not fit in the roll width, the longer dimension must be used for the batting purchase length. For the resulting length, 80/20 batting is $0.20 per linear inch (not square inch), and wool batting is $0.27 per linear inch. If there is strong interest in bamboo or other batting types, I can consider carrying additional options as necessary.
I can provide a solid quilt backing in white, black, red, or navy blue (currently in stock; subject to change). I can also order any color desired, but a wait time for delivery will be necessary. If I will provide the backing, the charge is $0.008 per square inch (calculated using the top area plus loading allowance [(length + 8") x (width + 8")].
When providing your own backing, if there is any lack of clarity regarding the right side or which is the quilt top or backing (whole cloth), please mark them. Detailed piecing of backs (for "double-sided" quilts) will not be accepted. Seams in backs should be in one direction to the extent possible (for loading parallel to the frame, as seams rolled up on the bar will cause un-even stretching of the backing and can lead to puckers/pleats).
I do not provide binding service. Additionally, if you will be scalloping the edges of the quilt, you must do so after quilting. Quilt tops/backs brought for quilting must have straight/right angled sides.
The cost of the thread itself is included in the quilting pricing. Bringing your own thread is discouraged, as I know what works with my machine. However, if you have your heart set on a particular thread, such as a certain variegated thread you bought at a quilt show to coordinate with your fabric, I can try to use it -- if it is quilting thread in a cone, but I reserve the right to substitute thread if a sample section does not quilt well, breaks often, etc. I carry primarily solid colors, and I am prepared to order in colors if I do not have quite the color you want.
Madison County and Illinois sales tax of 6.85% will be applied. I have to pay it, so you have to pay it. Uncle Sam gets his share.
I offer T-shirt quilts according to the table, shown, which calculates a rate according to the formula: Price = $0.07 * (Area in Square Inches) + $250.
I know the formula seems sort of random, but I have my reasoning. :)
The pricing assumes: Batting is 80/20, single layer. Backing is solid cotton, provided by me, and quilting is an E2E. Binding is machine applied (no hand-sewing, and stitching will show.
Exact size may vary, depending on the size and number of shirts. Only standard-weight T-shirts will be used (not sweatshirts).
Prices subject to increase without notice (prior to accepting a project, not after).