Measure and Pricing



Every once in awhile someone will send a quilt to their longarm quilter that also sends backing and batting that are the same size as the quilt top.

No no no no – please don’t do this – The longarm quilter needs 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 they 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.


To measure your quilt top:

There is no standard size for quilts, that is why it is so important to get accurate measurements for an estimate.

Measure thru the middle of the quilt top, both length and width – and it is a good idea to measure across the edges also, this lets you know if it is the same size or if there is a discrepancy in size.

To estimate the square inches,

multiply the length times the width of the quilt to arrive at the square inch for your quilt top.

Example 1 – Twin size:

This quit measures 68″ wide by 90″ long

Width 68 multiplied by length 90 – 68×90=6120 square inches

Example 2 – King size

This quilt measures 110″ wide by 110″ long

Width 110 multiplied by length 110 – 110×110=12,100 square inches

We will use this square inches to figure how much it will cost to quilt your quilt top.

How To


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.

Binding isn’t too hard to do.

Just takes practice and patience and time.

Read How Easily You Can ​Bind Your Quilts blog post that I wrote.

Unless you buy wide fabric specifically made for quilt backs you probably will need to piece your backing if you quilt is very large.

Read my Ultimate Guide to Pieced Backings.

Yes this works very well.

I have done this for years, I do try to use all the same type/brand/weight of batting when I do this. 

You can either use your sewing machine and a large zig-zag or you can buy the fusible tape made for this purpose.

Make sure the edges you are going to join are straight and butt them together edge to edge and zig-zag or use the fusible tape to hold them together.

Works great and is a great use for those remnants of batting.