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.