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Thread: Cost of longarm quilting

  1. #1
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    Aug 2011
    Nashville, TN
    I am a new quilter and looking for some guidelines about what it costs to get quilt tops quilted. I just can't get all done I set out to do for Christmas this year.

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    Senior Member qbquilts's Avatar
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    Mar 2011
    It will depend on the LAQ and pattern you choose. I've seen prices between 1 and 3 cents a square inch. Some LAQ will do a flat fee based on size of the quilt instead of charging per square inch.

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    Oct 2009
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    Here is a list of longarm quilters on the board. If you find someone you are interested in, you could pm them with your questions.

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    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
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    Whatever you decide, make sure you check for availability. There is at least one long arm quilter in my area that won't accept any Christmas work after November 1st.

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    Feb 2009
    Northern Michigan
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    check with your local quilt shops, and a guild if there is one in your area- they will know who is available in your area- then you can contact them and ask- location matters- skill, back-log, lots of things- so start with talking to the people in your area and looking at their work- there is also a list of us here on the board= check that to see if any are near you-
    if you can not find someone in your area- then look again at the board list- and start checking the pictures of their quilting- when you see some that fits into what you think you would want then contact that person and ask your questions-
    being (quilting season) and with the holidays coming up be prepared though-
    i do not accept work after November 15 with a guarantee for Christmas- i have to have a cut off with customers so i can get some of my own sewing done for the holidays-
    most of my regular customers start bringing me their holiday quilts in August and September;even though i have a 2 week turn around. sometimes January- March is my busiest time == my quilters bring me their quilts they plan to give the following holidays- because they do not sew in the summer time-too busy gardening-- (not to say i haven't on occassion taken a last minute quilt- i really encourage people to plan ahead when having to depend on someone else to get your holiday stuff quilted)
    there may be a few out there who will accept work right into December- but the later it gets the harder it will be to find someone.

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    Senior Member quilticing's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    Lake City, MI
    As a longarmer, I strongly encourage you to examine the quilter's work. I've heard of unhappy customers who got a surprize when they picked up their quilt. Sometimes because of price, sometimes the quality of quilting. Charisma on this board gets rave revues, by the way. If they don't have a waiting list, you might not want them.

  7. #7
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    Jun 2010
    SW Colorado
    LAQ is pricey, but well worth it especially if you have made a special top with quality fabric. Some more utilitarian tops I just tie or do SID.

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