Frequently Asked Questions About Quilting

  1. How is the best way to apply borders to my quilt?
  2. How do I bind my quilt?
  3. How do I measure my quilt? How do I find the square inches?
  4. Do I need to make my backing and batting bigger than the quilt top?
  5. Where do I ship my quilt top?

How is the best way to apply borders to my quilt?

    • Borders do tend to grow and get very friendly (wave at you) if not done correctly.

The wrong way: This is how not to put a border on your quilt. Cut your border longer than what you need it and just start sewing from one end to the other and cut off the extra when you get done. This doesn’t work well because the quilt top will tend to stretch on the edges and it will make the border bigger than the middle – especially if you have several borders on the outside of the quilt. Please don’t do it this way – I have had to take pleats and tucks in borders and that isn’t always a good solution.

The Correct way: This is the correct way to add borders on your quilt. This is assuming that you are going to put the side borders on first then top and bottom borders.

Step 1: Measure your quilt top to bottom thru the middle (sometimes it is a good idea to measure a couple of different areas and average the measurement).

Step 2: Cut the side borders to this measurement and divide it into 4th and mark with pins, also mark the quilt top in 4th with pins.

Step 3: Place the border face down on the quilt matching edges and pins – you may need to ease a little or stretch a little but shouldn’t have to do too much if you were careful with your piecing.

Step 4: Sew seam and press toward border.

Step 5: Measure your quilt as you did above only side to side.

Step 6: Cut the top and bottom borders and follow the above steps to mark and attach them to the quilt top.

This will give you a very nice square, flat border.

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How do I bind my quilt?

    • Binding isn’t too hard to do, just takes practice and patience and time.
      Read how to apply your binding below or have me do it for you (for a fee).

Binding isn’t too hard to do, just takes practice and patience and time.

I am going to tell you two ways to attach binding – there are other ways but these are two that I have used in the past and now.

Binding basics: Binding gets a lot of wear and tear because it is on the edge so we usually make double thickness binding. I like to do straight of grain binding and usually cut it 2.25 inches wide the width of the fabric.

Fold your fabric with selvedges together and cut strips across the fabric 2.25 inches wide (you will need enough binding to go around the quilt plus at least 10 inches).

Sew the strips together making bias seams and trim the extra off the seam allowance and press the seams open. This gives you one long strip of binding.

Press the strip wrong sides together long ways so that you have a double thickness strip approximately . 1.25 inches wide.

Now you are ready to apply the binding to the quilt.

Attach binding the simple way: If you are a beginner you may want to try this one because it is simple and straightforward. For this technique you will measure across the middle of the quilt and cut your binding for the top, bottom and both sides the size of the quilt plus 2 inches to have plenty to turn under on the ends.

Attach one strip on the side of quilt on the back – edges even and pin – make sure you have no seams at the corner or it will add bulk to the seams. Pin and sew. Do the same for the other side of the quilt. Trim the ends of the binding approximately 1/2 inch from the end and fold over the top and bottom to hide the raw edge of the quilt.

Attach the top and bottom binding in the same way but fold the ends in so they have a finished edge when turned to the front.

Fold the binding to the front of the quilt and pin in place, top stitch (you can use a decorative stitch here if you want to) the binding into place.

The other way – how I usually do it will be added later

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How do I measure my quilt? How do I find the square inches?

    • Prices shown are for estimating purposes only.

Each price level is based on a per square inch charge. Measure the quilt top length and width. To estimate the cost, multiply the length times the width of the quilt to arrive at the square inch factor, then multiply by the type of quilting you would like.

Example 1- Twin size quilted with a pantograph pattern:

68″ X 90″= 6120 square inches total X .025 = $153.00

Example 2 – King size quilted with a pantograph pattern:

110″ X 110″ = 12,100 square inches total X .025= $302.50

Prices may vary depending on the denseness of the quilting and design elements. You can use the Request an Estimate form to get a quick estimate without submitting – just go HERE. Other charges may apply – such as backing fabric and batting supplied by me, pressing, binding charges. I can help you decide on a quilting pattern and give you a written estimate for your finished quilt.

There is a minimum charge of at least $40 per quilt.

Check out my quilt measurement chart below. *

As you can see sizes vary greatly for each category, so a Full or Double quilt could vary by $20 or more in price. *

Description Size Pantograph Price
Baby 36×36 to 52×52 $50 *
Crib 30×46 to 36×50 $50*
Cot 58×90 to 72×108 $130.50 to 194.40 *
Bunk 66×89 to 74×103 $146.85 to 190.55 *
Wheel Chair/Lap 38×47 $50 *
Lap 52×52 to 68×78 $67.60 to 132.60 *
Twin 64×86 to 72×96 $137.60 to 172.80 *
Double 70×86 to 88×96 $150.50 to 211.20 *
Queen 88×94 to 99×108 $206.80 to 267.30 *
Queen Waterbed 76×104 $197.60 *
King 94×94 to 108×108 $220.90 to 291.60 *
California Kin 100×98 to 114×117 $245.00 to 333.45 *
King Waterbed 88×94 $206.80 *
* Prices listed are a general estimate and should not be construed as the actual cost of quilting your individual quilts. Prices listed also do not include batting, backing, binding or any other charges that you may request.

**I reserve the right to change prices without notice, but I will honor the original rate after giving you an estimate.

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Do I need to make my backing and batting bigger than the quilt top?

    • Every once in awhile someone will send me a quilt to work on that also sends backing and batting that are the same size as the quilt top.

No no no no – please don’t do this – I need the extra on the ends to attach to the canvas leaders on the machine and to give room for the quilting machine to maneuver and I need the extra on the sides to attach clamps to the backing to keep good tension to prevent pleats being sewn into it, and also so the machine can maneuver around.

If I have to add fabric to the sides or top/bottom areas to be able to attach it to the machine I will charge extra – and I won’t guarantee that I can keep the top centered on the backing.

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Where do I ship my quilt top?

    • I will give you shipping address and instructions when scheduling your quilt.
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