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CANDY APPLE QUILTS
Interested in working together? Here's our contact info.
Machine Quilting Service Your quilts will be finished on a Gammill longarm quilting machine with a Statler Stitcher. This gives us the opportunity to guarantee accuracy in every stitch! We also provide hand-guided techniques for custom work including micro-stippling, and other freehand designs.
Quilt Top and Backing Preparation
Your quilt top should be pressed flat, and all of the seams should be flat. There will be a bit of wrinkling during shipment, but the top will be lightly pressed again before quilting to ensure that it will look it's very best.
All loose and stray threads should be clipped. Stray threads may show through on light colored fabrics.
Keep top, batting and lining separate - there is no need for you to baste or pin your layers together. Each piece will be loaded on to the machine separately.
The backing and batting should be a minimum of 12 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the quilt top. For example, if your quilt top is 60 inches square, then your backing and batting should be 72 inches square.
If your quilt has one side that you consider to be the top, please indicate that with a marked piece of paper and attach with a safety pin. Also, if you have a definite direction for your backing, please mark that with the same method. If your backing looks the same on both sides, such as a sateen fabric, please mark which side you prefer to be on the outside.
Please remove all selvages from the backing fabric - these will shrink, and cause problems later. It is helpful if you have enough fabric to use a 1/2 inch seam allowance if you need to piece the backing. Also, it's a good idea to have your seams running lengthwise, instead of widthwise, if it is possible for you to do so.
We ask that you do not use bed sheets for backing. Sheets have a higher thread count, and this can cause skipped stitches and tension problems.
Helpful Border Hints
Please click here to read the article about wavy borders, and what causes them. If you take a few precautions while adding borders to your quilt top, you will ensure a nicer finished product that will lay flat and not have puckered or wavy borders.
All prices are calculated per square inch. Take the length of your quilt, and multiply it by the width. For example, if your quilt measures 89 inches by 74 inches, your quilt is 6,586 square inches. For the different pricing categories, click here.
For a quote on your quilting service, please contact Robin@CandyAppleQuilts.com or call 440-327-0640.
The first thing you will need to do is take measurements of your quilt top. All you need is the length and width.
Enter the numbers in the boxes below:
This is the number of square inches of the quilt top: 0 in
Once you have estimated your quilt prices, you may want to print this page for your records.
Next, you will need to choose a style of quilting that you will enjoy. You may want to read this article to help you choose a quilting style.
Look at the samples below, and you will see a price estimate for your quilt along with the sample.
This is an over-all design, extending from top to bottom and side to side.
This style has the same pattern thoughout the center section, but different border treatments. You can have as many border styles as you would like!
Each block has a separate design, and the border areas feature a coordinating style to the blocks.
If your quilt features applique or embroidery, you may want to have small stippling surrounding the areas to highlight your work. Also, if your borders are "piano key", you may want a special design in each key.
This style of quilting combines lots of stitch in the ditch, cross-hatching, outlining, and even hand-stitching!
Wholecloth quilts are beautiful, and require very little work for you to prepare! Let the designs be the highlight on a beautiful sateen or suede!
The last step in finishing a quilt is to add the binding. If this is a step that you don't enjoy, let us handle it for you! The first thing you need to know is how long your binding needs to be. We have added eight inches to this calculation to allow for overlapping the ends to finish the final miter.
Choose from the two binding methods below:
Method one involves sending along your binding cut to size, folded, and starched. We will sew in on to the entire front of the quilt, trim away all excess batting and backing fabric, and create your corner miters for you. You can enjoy stitching the binding to the back of the quilt.
Method two involves including sufficient fabric for us to create the binding for you. We do all of the cutting, piecing, ironing, starching, attaching ---- and even the hand stitches on the back! Your quilt is complete when it is returned to you!
Custom Quilting Services Prices will vary depending on what type of quilting is done. For an interesting comparison between quilting prices from various companies, click here.
"A" is All-over - one design, edge to edge across the quilt starts at $.02/Sq Inch
"B" is Borders - two designs, one edge-to-edge within the body of the quilt, and one border design starts at $.03/Sq Inch
"C" is Custom - multiple designs, borders or interlocking designs starts at $.04/Sq Inch
"D" is Heirloom Quilting - this involves significant stitch in the ditch, micro-stippling, trimming away for applique pieces, scalloped borders, and begins at $0.6/Sq Inch.
Minimum charge $50.00 Rush fee $50.00
The best way to determine what the cost would be is to bring your quilt top (or email a picture) and discuss the details. Measurements will be taken, and you can preview many different quilting designs to plan the exact choices for your quilt. We have a Quilting Estimate Worksheet that is completed during the discussion. The worksheet includes details on quilting choices, thread choices, binding options, and all other extra services that are available for your choice.
The estimate is completed, we both sign the worksheet and you get a copy. Estimates are good for 30 days. When you leave your quilt to be finished we finalize the worksheet, agree on the pricing and set a completion date. For out-of-town customers, the Quilting Estimate Worksheet will still be completed, but the discussion is on the phone or by email.
Return shipping charges will be added to your Quilting Estimate Worksheet. All quilts ship via USPS Priority Mail, and you will be provided with a tracking number upon shipment. Insurance is available for an additional charge. Please note that once shipment is made, Candy Apple Quilts is not responsible for any loss of the package incurred during the shipping process. If you need to make a claim with the postal service, a receipt will be provided to you to help with the process.
A 50% advance deposit is required before quilting begins, and we require payment in full when you pick up your quilt, or before it is shipped back to you. Sales tax applies to all purchases, services and products per Ohio state tax laws. We accept PayPal, checks, credit cards, or cash. All prices are subject to change without notice. Any quilt that is not claimed (and paid for) within three months of completion will be donated or raffled.
Gift Certificates are available in any denomination.
To make an appointment call 440-327-0640.
What size should I make my next quilt? Here's the scenario..... there's a bed in the guest room that needs a pretty quilt on it before Christmas. But how do you decide what size the quilt needs to be?
You will need to make two decisions before you even pick up your tape measure. First, take a look at the side or bottom of the bed, and decide where you would like the quilt to end in length. How far off of the floor will look nice? Do you have a dust ruffle on this bed?
Quilts can be anywhere from 10 to 20 inches long on the sides, and as you can see, that will make a big difference in the finished measurements of your quilt. If you have a metal tape measure or yard stick handy, stand it up on the floor next to the side of the bed, to get a feel for the overall height. Now, still looking at your tape measure, decide if you would like the sides of the quilt that drape down to measure 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, or 20 inches.
Once that decision is made, we will move on to the decision of whether you would like to tuck the quilt in underneath the pillows, or just have the pillows piled on top of the flat quilt. Having a pillow tuck allowance will add another 10 inches to your overall length measurement.
Here is a handy chart to use in figuring out approximate quilt sizes. You may find a pattern that is just a little larger or smaller than these sizes, and you can decide if you would like to adjust the width of your borders to compensate for the difference, or maybe add or subtract blocks in your design. Click on the button below to download a complete PDF file. This is handy to print out and keep in your purse --- you never know when inspiration will strike!
As our first example, let's choose a child's twin sized bed. I have decided that I want the twenty-inch drop so that the quilt almost skims the floor. I also decided I would like the extra length required to tuck the quilt under the pillows. From the chart that shows the Twin Mattress, I can go down the left side until I find the 20" drop and right underneath that line is the 10" pillow tuck. By running my finger across to the twin size mattress column, it's easy to see that my quilt should measure 79 x 105 inches. I will be cutting my backing and batting 87 x 113 so the quilt can be finished on a longarm quilting machine.
Let's try another example. This time, we'll use a California King sized bed. I want to keep the quilt high up off of the floor, and will not be tucking it under the pillows. A twelve-inch drop should be fine, with no pillow tuck allowance. Run your finger down the left side of the California King chart until you get to the 12" drop, and then follow straight across to the California King column. You'll see that the finished quilt should be 96 x 92, and your backing and batting will need to be cut 104 x 100 inches.
You'll notice that the measurements for the drop on the sides and bottom are only calculated for three sides. That's because the quilt does not hang down over the top of the bed.
You have a bit of leeway in these measurements, but this will get you started. Don't worry if things don't match up perfectly, BUT .... one thing to keep in mind before you get started is shrinkage. If you are using 100% cotton fabrics, and not pre-washing, you may lose a few inches in each direction when the quilt is first laundered. That may be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on your intentions. Click on the button below for a free complete PDF file!
Enjoy the process, and as always, enjoy the fabric shopping!