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Thread: Too Big?

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    Senior Member DDuMouchel's Avatar
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    Too Big?

    So I've been working on a CW Album quilt. The top is done, borders attached, I'm very pleased with the way it looks.

    Today I started cutting 5" squares for the pieced back and it occurred to me I needed to measure the top so I'd know how many squares to cut. When I measured it, I found out this baby is 114 x 114 -- and that's without adding on the extra inches for the longarm quilting!

    Anyone know the largest size a longarm quilter can handle? I know I've never made one this large before.

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    Super Member alleyoop1's Avatar
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    My frame is 12' wide so I guess it could handle the size you are making.

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    My largest quilt was 124X124". The quilter managed to quilt it.

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    I think the average size for a longarm is 12', but some are smaller. (And not all the length is "quiltable".) A 12' frame could handle your quilt. Ask your longarmer if she can handle it and if not ask for a recommendation for someone who can.

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    Thank you, dunster and Pat M., that's very reassuring. I was having nightmares about having to take the borders off ...

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    I made one that was 122 x 122. Of course, it cost nearly $350 to quilt it, and that was just an all-over panto....

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    Different LA machines handle different sizes. Just start contacting Long Arm quilters in your area or on the board.

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    My quilter said nothing larger than 112" wide. Length does not matter because it is rolled.

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    My rails are 14'. I believe that is the widest.

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    You need to ask your LAQ. Tables can be anywhere between 6 feet and 14 feet. I can do a oversize king since my table is 14 feet (14X12=168). Also the neck of their machines. Talk to your LAQ, Good luck.

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    I had a 120x120 quilted and it was $400 in my area (northern Virginia) for an edge to edge leaf design. Not cheap, but gorgeous results. I now have a frame and can do my own, but only up to 108".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    My rails are 14'. I believe that is the widest.
    Mine, too, and I also don't know of any longer than 14 ft.

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    I once quilted an over-sized king-size quilt that was 110" by 100" on my domestic sewing machine, so I think the long arm quilter could manage a 114" x 114" quilt without a problem. Just ask when you see your long arm quilter.

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    Most can handle a 144 X 144, so you should be ok

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