Quilting Service

Looking to hire a longarm quilter to finish your quilt top? Let us quilt your quilt! We quilt for hire. Just bring your quilt top to the Quilted Joy Studios or ship it to us. We have batting available for purchase and a huge variety of wide backing fabrics too. Pricing is based on square inches.

Budget Value Meander Quilting- $0.017 per square inch

This is the most economical and basic machine quilting service.  It resembles puzzle pieces or a winding trail of thread working its way across your quilt top.  No marking is involved in this style.  Pricing is $0.017 per square inch. This level of quilting is the least dense style and turn around time is fast. Take a look at some examples of Budget Value Meander on some of our customers’ quilts.

APQS Millennium Intelliquilter

Edge to Edge Designs- $0.02 per square inch

This is freeform artwork on your quilt. This is our most popular level of  machine quilting service and offers the fastest turnaround time. No marking is involved in this style. Edge to edge designs start at one edge and continue to the other side regardless of blocks, seams, or piecing. This level of quilting adds wonderful texture to the surface of the quilt and allows the piecing to take center stage. We have a mountain of patterns to choose from. During your intake appointment, we will look over the pattern choices so you’ll know exactly which pattern will be placed upon your quilt top. Pricing is $0.02 per square inch. Take a look at some examples of Edge to Edge Quilting on some of our customers’ quilts.

APQS Lucey Intelliquilter

Please note that we are no longer doing “custom” or “show” quilts for others.

Can I quilt it myself using your longarm machines?

Yes! We’d love to have you come rent time on our APQS longarm machine. Our Quilt Fairies are waiting to help!

What patterns can I choose from?

We have over a thousand different designs! You can see select ones we offer here.

Basting For Hand Quilters

This level is for hand quilters who wish to have their layers prepared for them. Pricing for basting is less than a penny a square inch or, to be specific, $.01/sq. in.

A 50% deposit is required before I can begin working on your quilt.

If you are shipping your quilt top, please call us and let us know it is on its way. We will call you when your quilt arrives, and it is checked in. We will notify you when your quilt is complete and will ship when your payment is received in full.

If you have questions about pricing, please call (502) 718-7148.

How much will it cost to get my quilt quilted?

Are you interested in knowing what the pricing and costs will be to have your quilt quilted? Your cost is based upon the actual dimensions of your quilt top. All machine quilting is priced by the square inch. Scroll down to use our pricing calculator to get an estimate.

Please note I am not currently accepting Heirloom or Show quilts for machine quilting.

Batting

Batting and Backing needs to be a minimum of 6″ wider and 6″ longer than your top. If, for example, your top is 50 x 50, you need batting and backing that is 56 x 56. The extra allows me to have the needed room to attach your quilt to the frame, and you get all the extra back. My preferred batting is Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 cotton batting. You can supply the batting for your top or get it from me. Please note that if you do bring me batting, there are certain batting types I can not accept as they will not work well on a longarm frame.

Please note: There are some battings that are too fragile for use on the longarm. Please ask me before sending your own batting.

Backing

I carry over 130 different wide back fabrics that are perfect for your project! you can see them all in my online shop. You can also bring your own backing in for your quilt if you’d rather do that.

Backing needs to be a minimum of 6″ wider and 6″ longer than your top. Sheets are not the best choice of backing for your handiwork. If you must send a sheet as a backing, ensure that you have washed it in hot water a number of times to ensure it has shrunk as much as it will. If you piece your backing fabric, remove any selvages before you sew the pieces together as they shrink at a different rate than the rest of the fabric and will cause puckers along the seam. Use a seam allowance BIGGER than the standard 1/4″ piecing seam (I like a 5/8″ seam or so). Press the seams open.

Preparation of backing (if needed)- $ 10/seam

Binding

We offer a complete binding service. We will prepare and attach binding to the front of the quilt by machine from fabric you provide and hand-finish it to the back of the quilt. To figure this cost, multiply the cost of the service you want times the total linear inches of the four sides of your top. We ask for one yard of uncut fabric to construct the binding. Please see the prices below to make your binding:

Machine stitching binding to front of quilt only $ .11/linear inch

Machine stitching binding to front and back of quilt $ .22/linear inch

Make binding out of 1 yard of provided fabric $ 25

Needle

There is an $8 new needle and thread charge for each quilt top.  This includes around 708 yards of thread (about 3 bobbins worth). Additional thread is $1.50/bobbin.

Thread

Standard thread- First 708 yards included

Variegated thread $ 4.00

Shipping

You will be charged the actual shipping and insurance costs. Once your quilt is finished, I’ll be able to weigh it and let you know what the shipping amount will be to your address. Generally, shipping and insurance for the Eastern Time Zone is $15 for the first quilt in the box and $10 for each additional quilt in the same box.

The pricing on this page is for your use to estimate the costs of having your top quilted. Please remember, each quilt is different.  I’ll be happy to provide a free estimate based on the actual needs of your quilt top. Prices subject to change without notice.  Estimates are not contractual bids.  Written estimates are free and are honored for 60 days.

I will need a 50% deposit before I can reserve your quilt’s time on the frame. If you are shipping your quilt to me, I will call you when your quilt arrives. I will notify you when your quilt is complete and will ship when your payment is received in full.

If you have questions about my pricing, please contact me by phone or email.  I will be glad to discuss your quilt with you.   After seeing the quilt, I may suggest certain quilting, but the decision is up to you.

Shipping Your Quilt Top

  1. Place your quilt top in a zippered plastic bag to ensure that if the box gets wet during shipping, your top will still be okay.
  2. Do not ship your quilt top until you have reserved time for quilting with Angela.

Return shipping and insurance for Eastern Time Zone is $15 for the first quilt in the box and $10 for each additional quilt in the same box. It is $20 plus $10 for each additional quilt in all other time zones.

Preparing Your Quilt Top for Machine Quilting

  1. Make sure your quilt top is well pressed and seams are flattened.  Seams should be pressed flat not pressed open.
  2. Trim all hanging threads from the back and edge as much as you can.  Those threads will show through light areas of the quilt.
  3. Quilting does not correct piecing problems.  If there is fullness in the center or wavy borders, you may wind up with pleats or puckers.  I do my best to correct such problems as I quilt, but I can’t guarantee that I can work out all problems.  To avoid wavy borders and pleats, you must make your quilt fit your borders.  Measure through the middle of the quilt and cut your borders to that length.  You may need to ease the quilt to fit the borders.
  4. Quilts must be clean and free of offensive odors. ( I reserve the right to refuse Quilts with strong odors so that they may not  contaminate the work of other clients and my equipment).
  5. Identify the top of your quilt and backing with a safety pin if it has a directional print.
  6. If you want curved corners, please wait until the quilting is finished to cut the curves. Proper attachment of the quilt to the long-arm machine depends on straight, square corners.

APQS Millennium Intelliquilter
APQS Millennium

Preparing the Backing for Machine Quilting

  1. The backing fabric should be 100% cotton fabric.  I know flat sheets are popular for backings, but I do not recommend them.   If you really want to use a sheet, please be sure that the thread count is no more than 180 and wash and dry it at least five times.
  2. I reserve the right to refuse backings that may cause tension problems or to charge a fee for the extra time necessary to work with such a backing.
  3. If the backing fabric isn’t big enough, please use a 5/8″ seam to piece the backing.  Press the seam open.
  4. The backing must be at least eight inches larger in length and width than the top.
  5. Please press the backing fabric.
  6. A busy fabric backing can hide stops and starts when doing custom or heirloom quilting

Batting

I carry about 10 different kinds of batting. I have a wide variety of Hobbs, FiberCo, and Quilter’s Dream. Please stop by to pick out the one you like or give me a call. Price is dependent on the size needed. You may provide your own batting, but I recommend that you choose a good quality batting. Inexpensive battings found in discount stores and big chain fabric stores are thin and uneven. They may cause tension problems during the quilting process. I reserve the right to refuse poor quality batting. I do not accept Mountain Mist brand, Fairfield brand, or the generic brand from JoAnns.

If you bring me batting instead of purchasing it from me, it should be cut to the same width as the backing, but may be longer than the backing.

Please do not baste the quilt top, batting, and backing together. I need all three layers separated so I can attach them individually to the frame.

Your quilt will be insured while in my possession for the cost of the materials ONLY.