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Thread: Quilting charges for a completed pieced quilt top

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    I've finished my first huge quilt (king size) that I can't possibly quilt myself and do it justice. I've given myself a crash course in pantograms vs. free quilting on a long arm. I know that at least generally speaking a simple pantogram design should be cheaper to quilt than a customized job that quilts different designs according to the various shapes found in the blocks and borders and sashing. I also know better than to just say do whatever you think would look best. Can some one give me a general idea of ballpark quilt charges? I plan to go to a local quilt shop and get some names of people they trust. I also know that cheapest is not always the best in the long run. I'm just trying to brace myself for the prices. Are they usually priced per block, per inch, or what? All advice appreciated.

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    They are priced per inch and yes, custom is much more expensive. You also have to figure the cost for the backing & batting if you aren't supplying it and since it's king size--plan on $200+ for pantograph up to $400 and up for custom. The reputation, ribbons, and demand will play a major factor in the prices. Mailing it off to a more competitive area might be your best bet. Check out the longarmers on this board in the classified section.

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    what's a ribbon - showing my ignorance here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie1
    I've finished my first huge quilt (king size) that I can't possibly quilt myself and do it justice. I've given myself a crash course in pantograms vs. free quilting on a long arm. I know that at least generally speaking a simple pantogram design should be cheaper to quilt than a customized job that quilts different designs according to the various shapes found in the blocks and borders and sashing. I also know better than to just say do whatever you think would look best. Can some one give me a general idea of ballpark quilt charges? I plan to go to a local quilt shop and get some names of people they trust. I also know that cheapest is not always the best in the long run. I'm just trying to brace myself for the prices. Are they usually priced per block, per inch, or what? All advice appreciated.
    PM stewyscrewy and give him your quilt size and ask him for a price, his work is beautiful and he's priced very reasonably.

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    A good la quilter in my area charges for a king are $70 pantograph; $86 meander. Add 15% for varigated thread. Not sure about custom. This doesn't include batting or backing. Additional charge for prep work (pressing, etc.) I think she's reasonable and always busy. Usually 4-6 week wait.

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    Do most people want the quilt top already "assembled" onto the backing and batting or can I just hand over the backing, the batting, and the quilt top? It seems like if I were the one doing it, I'd rather set the 3 up like I wanted them and not have to undo what another person had done if they had not done it 'my' particular way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie1
    I've finished my first huge quilt (king size) that I can't possibly quilt myself and do it justice. I've given myself a crash course in pantograms vs. free quilting on a long arm. I know that at least generally speaking a simple pantogram design should be cheaper to quilt than a customized job that quilts different designs according to the various shapes found in the blocks and borders and sashing. I also know better than to just say do whatever you think would look best. Can some one give me a general idea of ballpark quilt charges? I plan to go to a local quilt shop and get some names of people they trust. I also know that cheapest is not always the best in the long run. I'm just trying to brace myself for the prices. Are they usually priced per block, per inch, or what? All advice appreciated.
    I asked a local lady here in VA. and it is 1 cent per square inch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie1
    what's a ribbon - showing my ignorance here.
    Awards they have won (ribbons).

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    Where in VA? I'm in richmond/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie1
    Do most people want the quilt top already "assembled" onto the backing and batting or can I just hand over the backing, the batting, and the quilt top? It seems like if I were the one doing it, I'd rather set the 3 up like I wanted them and not have to undo what another person had done if they had not done it 'my' particular way.
    Different longarmers prefer it done different ways but no, they don't want it assembled because of the way they attach the top, batting and backing to their frame. The main differences you'll find among longarmers besides the prices & skill; is how they prefer the backings to be pieced--seams parallel to the frame, how much extra backing they want and whether or not you can supply your own batting or thread.

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    I have a mountain of batting just waiting, I hope they can use it or my husband will kill me. Not enough tabletoppers in the world to use up all of my batting. I have enough material to make 4 king quilts - and all the batting too.

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    I just had a quilt done by charismah and I was so happy with it. Might check her out she is a member here on the board.

    Kristie

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    I've seen pricing for pantographs anywhere from .01 to .025 per square inch. A lot depends on the area in which the quilter is located.

    As for your batting, it depends on what kind and weight you have. Not all battings are created equal! Some of it is very thin and stretchy, and that doesn't work well on a longarm. Batts that are really thick can be difficult to work with, as well. Let your LA quilter know what you have, and she/he will tell you if it's something that works on the machine.

    Most (all?) longarmers want you to give them the top, batting, and back as three separate pieces. There's no need for you to baste them together or pin them in any way. You should make sure that the backing is square and that it's 4" to 6" larger than the quilt top all the way around (the batting should be larger than the quilt top, too). If either your quilt or the backing have a directional design, be sure to let the LA'er know which direction you want it to go.

    And be sure to communicate! Hopefully the LA'er will ask you all the right questions about what you want and everybody will be happy, but if you think of something that hasn't been asked, don't hesitate to bring it up.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie1
    I've finished my first huge quilt (king size) that I can't possibly quilt myself and do it justice. I've given myself a crash course in pantograms vs. free quilting on a long arm. I know that at least generally speaking a simple pantogram design should be cheaper to quilt than a customized job that quilts different designs according to the various shapes found in the blocks and borders and sashing. I also know better than to just say do whatever you think would look best. Can some one give me a general idea of ballpark quilt charges? I plan to go to a local quilt shop and get some names of people they trust. I also know that cheapest is not always the best in the long run. I'm just trying to brace myself for the prices. Are they usually priced per block, per inch, or what? All advice appreciated.
    You might want to check with Charisma on this board. I think she might have a special going on right now and she is really good too.

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