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Thread: How Long Do You Wait to Get on Your Long-Armer's Schedule?

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    Do them yourself on your domestic machine!! I've done 2 King-size, 3 queen size, and can't count how many full size! The more you do it, the better you get and far more satisfying than those boring template patterns from the longarm budget category!

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    I am a long arm quilter, and no one waits more than a week or two to get their quilts back from me. I am single and I do not currently work another job, it is my only source of income, so I can't make people wait. They would go elsewhere, and I am always looking to grow my business. I do only pattern quilting no custom, maybe it is the custom work that slows them down, and this is one reason I don't do it. Besides the fact I can't tell some one they owe me 200+ dollars for a quilt. Communication is key in any business.

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    I do mine on my machine, just because if I had to send them out, I wouldn't be able to afford this hobby. I am not perfect by any means, but the last few quilts (Crib size) that I have done, have looked really good, and I have gotten lots of compliments on them.

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    I LOVE MY L.A.Q.!!!!! Right around this time of year I have several projects in the pipeline, and a schedule to keep. My LAQ allows me to call and get on her schedule before I've even begun the quilt. Since I know I have to finish a quilt by this-and-such a date (because another is right after that on my schedule), I get on the schedule within a day or two after finishing the top. If I finish early, I take it over anyway - several times someone's cancelled at the last minute and my quilt's been put on the frame in its stead, and the quilt gets finished even earlier!

    Maybe - if you're certain when a top is going to be finished, you could get on her schedule. I used to finish, then call .... and then wait until my LAQ told me I could schedule way ahead, and how. You probably wouldn't have to get an agreement with your LAQ - as long as you finish by the agreed-on drop-off date: no harm, no foul, no deception.
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    The LQS I go to has a LA that you can rent. The rental book is open on the counter and all you have to do is put your name and phone num's bert down. I did my grandson's baseball quilt last week and have 2 days in Dec. for two more quilts I will have finished by then. I am just learning to use it and totally enjoy it. The employees are very helpful and the ability to do your own quilt is great. The cost is very reasonable and it sure beats going out and buying a LA. I would have to do around 100+ quilts to just pay for the LA plus the added expense of thread etc. I did my GS's quilt plus batting for less than $100. To me this is the way to go.
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    I have two quilts at my LQS since the middle of February. talked to her a two months agoand was told it will be done shortly. Talked again to her 2 weeks ago should be done last week. Saw her last week should have this week, still no quilts. I found another LQS that a friend went to and was told 4 weeks. She brought it there on Monday and had the quilt back on Friday. Will have to try this one when I finish my 2 quilts I am working on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    Have you thought about sending it off to shops that LAQ like Missouri Star Quilt Co. I know they long arm. There are others that do as well. I would be very careful, though, who I sent it to. They would have to be a very well established business.
    I would not hesitate one minute to send a quilt to Missouri Star Quilt Co......I know their turn around is very fast....Give them a call and see, they are excellent on the phone.
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    I nearly fainted here in my chair when I read the $1200 price.....surely it was a juried winner!!!!!! And since I have never entered that type of quilt in a competition, I wouldn't be able to make a fair judgement here. But $1200...Unbelievable. Not my league at all; I have charged as little as $50 for a quilt and furnished the batting. But I am not a professional; one who makes a living out of my Gammill products. It is purely a pleasure machine, and I quilt only what I want to quilt, or for family. I have had my LA for nearly four years now, and have probably only done maybe a hundred quilts. I have a good collection of pantos (and thought of entering the conversation I read yesterday of the most pricey items you have bought in the past and don't use, that would be mine), my son and I both do real pretty stippling and free hand patterns. I am not advertising, but you can PM me if you want to discuss us doing a quilt for you. I LOVE this board, and watch for your comments just about every day.....
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    We only have two or three LASers in our area, so it is very difficult to even get in. I just got back three quilts from the new gal I tried. I waited several months, but the results were well worth the wait. The price and work were fabulous. She apologized for the long wait and kept me in the loop. She had taken on more work than she could do in a timely way because of the local QSs. My quilts were not being entered so I was willing to wait. Will definitely use her again for my big quilts and fancy stuff. I have a LA which I use for my own charity, kid etc. quilts.

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    I recently called my LQS and asked if they basted quilts. They did, and told me I would have to go the "end of the line" to put my job on the queue. They estimated an 8 week wait.!

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    p.s. the quilt shop is in Berkeley, CA.

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    Very interesting to read all the comments. I know of several LAQs in my area. Price does vary as done turn around time, but 2-4 weeks is within reason. I always get the price first so I know what to expect. I would have fainted if I had been told $1200!
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    It's not unusual for the wait to be 6 months from the LQS. When I inquired from some independents, it was 4-6 months too. The person I've used usually takes about 3-4 months and mine have been lap quilts.

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    Wow! I am lucky that we have a shop here that rents time on the LA and she teaches you how to use it the first time then you rent it by the hour. I really like that. I wish that I could have one in my home, but I don't have the space. Maybe when the kids move out......YEARS from now!! LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by msariano View Post
    p.s. the quilt shop is in Berkeley, CA.
    I know the shop and I think that they are VERY pricey!

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    I send my quilt tops out to Montana (from NY) to Butler Country Crafts, and have never had more than 3 weeks pass from mailing to receipt of the finished quilt. That being said, I've not sent any during the Christmas season. Jeanie Butler does a wonderful job. I've only had panto designs but she does do custom as well, and is reasonable even with the added postage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenascooter View Post
    I have two quilts at my LQS since the middle of February. talked to her a two months agoand was told it will be done shortly. Talked again to her 2 weeks ago should be done last week. Saw her last week should have this week, still no quilts. I found another LQS that a friend went to and was told 4 weeks. She brought it there on Monday and had the quilt back on Friday. Will have to try this one when I finish my 2 quilts I am working on now.
    Is there any reason you can't just go get the two quilts from where they are now and take them to the new quilter? If she hasn't started them yet, there should be no problem at all unless you signed a contract...and if you did, surely she's already violated it anyway. There's no reason to put up with that sort of 'put-off' stuff.
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    I am a long arm quilter and I think a 3 or 4 week turnaround is reasonable except at peak seasons. I know a lot of LA'er that, for lots of different reasons, take quilts out of the order in which there are received. I feel this is one of the reasons that some people have to wait such an unreasonable length of time. I just about always have a quilt that I just can't wait to get at, but fair is fair.

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    !$1200~!!!! I need to get my quilt frame up and running.Q!!!!!

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    I am a longarmer and my turn around time is usually 2 weeks. It was recently delayed between August and October because my daughter had her baby 2 months early! But, I've caught up ....until tomorrow when I have a customer bringing one in and picking up the two I just did for her.

    During the holidays the turn around time is a bit longer due to my regular job work schedule giving me more hours.

    As for price..... it varies with the details of the work requested as I also offer binding work so that my customers get a completed quilt when they are done. Most prefer to do their own binding, but I have one regular customer who likes me to attached the binding to the front by machine and another regular customer that likes to have completed quilts when she comes to pick them up.

    I always let my customers know what the cost will be before they leave as I wouldn't want any surprises, I don't want to surprise my customers.

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    I have waited 3 to 4 months before and found it worth the waite. That was many years ago.

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    My LAQ does panographs and gets her quilts done within a week. Usually I take them on Monday and they are done by Thursday or Friday. I know she is unusual with such quick turn around, but I sure like it and her work is good.
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    Great conversation - great info and opinions - thanks for starting it.

    As a longarmer, scheduling when a top will be quilted is a good idea but I wouldn't want tops around my home for months before they are placed on the machine.

    Once on the machine, in my experience, an overall edge to edge shouldn't take longer than a few hours to a day to complete. Light custom and full custom are on a schedule anywhere from days to weeks to a month to complete.

    Just this past week I completed 2 edge to edge and 2 light custom various size quilts.

    As far as pricing, I agree it does vary (both by the type of quilting and local quilting prices). EVERYONE I've ever talked to about longarming ALWAYS asks... "How much do you charge?" Didn't the quilter mentioned ever ask? I have NEVER heard of someone dropping off a top to be quilted and NOT getting an estimate of the charges - $1200 - WOW I'd love to see this quilt.

    I believe if the time frame you're given isn't being met, maybe it's time to try a new longarmer. As a number of people have said here, quilters will SHIP their quilt tops and backings to get it quilted in a TIMELY MANNER, rather than wait and wait and wait for someone to do it locally. It's really not that expensive to ship. With today's technology, discussing your quilting needs and conveying ideas is easy... it's just like being there in person. I know, cause I've used it!

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    My last 3 I waited a year and a half! They were all queen/king size , custom quilted and total cost a little over $300.00 and well worth the wait. I wish I could figure out how to upload photos from my IPad so I could show you his work. I continue to try ang figure out how but am electronically inept:-(

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    I am a longarmer and have found this thread interesting. I don't "book" quilts. My experience has been that I usually end up waiting for the customer to bring it to me and it has pushed me behind. I take quilts FIFO (first-in, first-out). We have a secure place where they are hung. I use suit hangers--backing is on the slacks portion and quilt is over the other rod. They are assigned a number when taken in and logged into a book....always done in numerical order. I have two longarm machines--one for custom and one for allovers. Allovers are done within a few days to a week. Custom depends on how many are backed up. The longest custom usually takes is around three months. My "custom ladies" all know the drill and are fine with the wait on their quilts. I will not rush to get them done and I do not do rush quilts--ever. I have, however, taken the backing in for someone who is planning ahead with the understanding that the quilt top itself will arrive within a week. (Usually customers with a raffle or show quilt will do this.) I have never charged anywhere close to $1200 for a quilt--even custom. I agree that it must have been show quality! Wow! I do have a minimum charge due to the amount of time it takes to load/unload a quilt. I do not charge extra for thread. (I know some places have a thread charge on the bill...) We get quilts that are mailed in from all over the US, and they are placed in the same 'line-up'. The log we keep quilts on can be used by employees if a customer calls in to find out where we are on the quilt.
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