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Thread: WHERE do you send your quilts to be longarmed, and have you heard of this one?

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    I'm looking for a longarm quilter. I gave gone through all the ones in my state and nearby Georgia, and none of them feel right. Yes, I have a friend of a friend who does it, but she really put me off when she said I'd done my quilt "wrong". So I'm looking out there, beyond and only keeping that contact on the back burner so to speak.

    I know there is another thread new like this one that is asking what you do to quilt your quilts, but I want to know WHO and where.

    My current top pick is The Quilt Shop Around the Corner http://www.thequiltshoparoundthecorn...e.pl?page=home which is not local at all, but she is using a computerized longarm (those using the classics are more money because of the artistry involved. And she has a guarantee, which makes me feel better. If you don't at least say you stand by your work... Has anyone sent anything to her? I like her prices as I do have TWO quilt tops that need done.

    I was talking to another lady also using a cumputerized machine, but she takes at least a week to send an email reply to me, and I just can't have that.

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    I just read her thread, sounds pretty good to me. I have a lady here that I take mine to, she is reasonable and does a good job. I was wondering what the shipping fee would be adding to the cost also.

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    I think the biggest part of shipping a quilt especially when we feel they are "priceless" is the insurance. Somewhere on that lady's web site I saw $10 and a $1 for each $100 of insurance. I'm thinking I'll want around $1,000 worth of insurance per quilt. Because it's made from baby clothes and if it's gone I can't ever get it back.

    I was seriously wondering since my two quilt tops are the same, if maybe I should send them in two different packages to spread out the risk. I know for certain they tell you when shipping a quilt to first put it in a plastic bag like a "hefty XL" that way it wont be hurt if it gets wet through the box (ie dyes pigments from the box ect.) So the biggest risk is being lost in the mail.

    My local quilt shop offers to contract them out for you, but that entire deal seemed strange, as she wouldn't tell me who to call or names, etc. just that SHE the shop owner would set up an appointment at her store, to meet someone who would do it. Note this isn't the friend of friend.

    I've noticed that when the quilt was just blocks or bits of fabric it didn't matter nearly as much as the whole. The blocks it wouldn't have been awful to somehow lose one or something, but I feel like a mother hen over the quilt top!

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    HI- MY QUILT CLUB AND SEVERAL MEMBERS HAVE SENT QUILTS TO ELIZABETH HEWELL IN POWELL TENN. SHE IS REAL REASONABLE AND DOES GOOD WORK. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER , LET ME KNOW AND I WILL POST HER INFO-. SHE WAS AT THE QUILT SHOW IN PIEGON FORGE, TENN. THIS YEAR. TALKED TO HER THEN.
    WILLIE

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    Give this lady a call http://www.simplyaffordablequilting.com/index.html

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    I have a local longarmer do my quilts and I am quite happy with her work. One of our local quilt shops had a longarm fair last fall and it was great. They had quilters from NH and the three neighboring states there with samples of their work and brochures, etc. You could ask any questions you had and get a feel for the person's artistic side to find a good match. They're going to have one every couple or three years. There was a great turnout for it.

    I've never known anyone to give a price for a range of sizes like the one you posted does. It's usually by the square inch and type of quilting...you know, less for pantographs, more for custom. I wouldn't send a quilt top to anyone whose work I had not seen in person or knew (and trusted) someone who had seen their work in person. Too much work goes into it to risk someone messing it up.

    As for insurance on your quilt, I strongly doubt that you would get anywhere near $1,000 if it were lost unless you could prove that you have sold your work for that much in the past and even then, an unfinished top would be worth less. They would probably only pay you for the cost of materials, no more. They do not consider "used clothing" to have any value at all. Harsh, but reality. They (USPS, UPS, FedEx) are quite strict about the values placed on original works of art and crafts.

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    The longarmer I use is very reasonable and does a wonderful job. She only does pantograph and I have had many quilts done by her. I beleive her price is .01 a square inch. So most quilts are under $100. PM me if you are interested and I will give you her phone # Marge

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    I saw on a web-site once, that quilts do get stolen in the mail sometimes, very very sad but true. This web-site said one good way to prevent this is to not put on the label that it is a quilt, but instead to say it is linen. It also said to fold the quilt up and put it in a pillow case, and then to wrap it in a plastic bag. I also think personally, if you put too high a dollar value on it, it just draws even more attention to it, for would be thieves.

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    Had a good look and she looks very professional. the patterns are really nice too and good prices. Lets know what you decide and can we see the finished quilt please :D :D

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    Well I took a chance on this quilter ans I struck GOLD! She lives in Iowa ad I found her on E-Bay. She charged me $130 to quilt 2 full size quilts. Her turn around was 2 weeks. So yes in 3 weeks I had my 2 full size quilts back and she did a FABULOUS job! She even snipped the threads.

    Another EXTRODINARY quilter is Jackie on this web site .. OMG she did AWESOME! I am not sure she is open for business yet but when she is I have a special project just for her!

    if you want anymore info just pm me!

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