Did you know that Louise taught math for many years and loves numbers? In celebration of the day and the month (both 5s!, get $2x5 ($10) off a studio session between May 5 and 25. Plus, if you come in on a day that is a multiple of 5, get an extra $5 off, for a total of $3x5 ($15).
This offer can be combined with the Flower Power deal. Since we’re closed on the 15th, we will offer the extra $5 on the 16th instead.
Laurena’s Longarm Quilting is opening under new management on April 4, 2017. You’ll still enjoy the same longarm machines and the same cozy studio, but with a new person helping you accomplish your quilting dreams – Louise Rains.
Our new name is Burlington Electric Quilters – a name that should give a large spark to your creativity! We’re still at the same location, same phone number, and website.
As your new manager, I’m so excited to welcome you and to continue with the fun and joy that quilting brings to us all. I have been a longtime renter, and look forward to meeting you all and assisting you with your beautiful projects. Just a bit about myself – I was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and moved to Billerica, MA, in 2002. I have a husband who supports my stash without too much complaint, a little dog named Stormy, and a bicycle or two that I love to ride. My all-time favorite quilting pattern is Popcorn! I have been working in Boston for the past 8 years, but won’t miss that morning commute, especially when the weather is cold and blustery.
For the month of April, all appointments for quilting time receive 15% off our new rates, which are:
* Mini (3 hrs) $75
* Half day (4 hrs) $100
* Full day (max 8 hrs) $175
Also, if we quilt your project, you will receive 15% off on your batting purchase.
We’re also introducing some evening hours:
* Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM
* Thursday 12 Noon to 8 PM
Studio time is by appointment only, so email or call to schedule your time.
An opportunity has arisen and I am moving on to a new job. I’ve made this difficult decision after significant consideration and I would like to share with you what will happen at Laurena’s Longarm Quilting in the next couple of months.
I am offering the business for sale until February 17, 2017. Please telephone me at (781) 229-0734 if you are interesting in acquiring a flourishing business with a growing clientele of loyal, talented quilters.
Barring a sale, March 18, 2017 will be Laurena’s Longarm Quilting’s last day of business.
I will work with subscribers individually to use or refund your prepaid hours.
Future classes are cancelled. If you signed up for classes in January, February or March and have already prepaid, I will refund your class fees.
I will accept a limited number of quilts for edge to edge quilting in February. All quilts must be picked up by March 18.
LLQ will be open by appointment only, Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Laurena’s Longarm Quilting grew from one machine to a multi machine rental and quilting business. The thriving community of machine quilters in the New England area have been the cornerstone of this growth. I’m grateful for the support you’ve given me over the years.
Do you long for your own longarm quilting machine?
I have a used Gammill Vision 1 machine in my fleet for sale!
This sturdy, trusty machine lead demonstrations and quilted many a quilt. You may have seen it in action at a benefit quilt or demo day.
The 18-8 system gives you a color LCD touch screen, choice of stitch regulation or manual mode and an on board bobbin winder. The adjustable laser light is the same as you may have used on the studio’s rental machines.
With an 18″ longarm and a 12″ table, this Vision 1 is perfect for the home free motion quilter. On the tabletop, you can lay out a paper pantograph up to 10″ high and have a comfortable 13″ of free motion space if working from the front of the machine. Swiveled castors on the stand legs lock, but still allow for manageable movement when needed. The Breeze Track System makes for smooth quilting! The leaders have zippered edges.
Are you the lucky quilter who might find this longarm in his/her studio? The price is $7,000.
Its Vision 1 system can be upgraded to a Gammill Vision 2 system. (Gammill charges $1,000 for this type Vision 2 upgrade).
This is a great opportunity to have a sturdy, high quality machine at a great price. Call Laurena at (781) 229- 0734 to make an arrangement to view this Vision 1 machine before it’s gone!
In August, 2015, LLQ switched from an hourly longarm machine rental rate to the studio block rental approach. With more quilters interested in rental longarm quilting machines, splitting the day into blocks creates more opportunities to turn those tops into quilts.
But not everyone needs a whole four hours in the half day block. What to do? Offer a three hour block of studio time in our mix.
It occurred to me this week that not everyone may know one of the little tricks at Laurena’s Longarm….
We sell batting by the inch in widths between 93″ – 122.” The wider batting accommodates king size quilts. Not all of us make king size quilts, but….
If you have a 65″ quilt and a 36″ quilt, you can often use the same piece of king size batting, saving a bunch on batting costs. An added plus… there’s a just a little batting leftover when you’re done quilting.
Customers who have us quilt their tops already benefit from our frugal secret. With the new studio block pricing, quilters often arrive with more than one quilt top in tow and this is working out for them, too.
So now that we’ve told you, our frugal little secret is open for the world to hear. King size batting, we salute you!
Wish you had a longarm machine? When you rent a Gammill quilting machines at Laurena’s, you grow familiar with the different models AND you get guidance on how to use them. There are currently four Gammill longarms which you can rent at Laurena’s Longarm Quilting.
A Statler Stitcher computer guided machine on a ten foot table
Two hand guided longarms (one on a 10 foot table and another with an 8 foot table)
Take our Introduction to Longarm Quilting class (there’s still openings for the October 13th class!) to get an overview of the Statler and hand guided machines. Then reserve a half day or whole day studio block to begin your longarm quilting adventure.
The Statler Stitcher is getting more and more popular choice for longarm quilters. The computer guided machine has a ten foot table, which means the short side of your quilt can be up to 115″ long. Laurena has a nice stash of computerized patterns from which you can choose… modern, traditional, textured and thematic motifs. An edge to edge quilting pattern can totally change the impact of your quilt!
Laurena also offers a selection of border and block motifs. This takes a bit more understanding of the Creative Studio software, so not a perfect choice for your first time on the Statler. There’s plenty of learning opportunities for the latest version of the software.
Our Gammill Plus hand guided machine rolls along a 10′ table, so the short side of your quilt can be up to 115″ long. Thanks to its motorized leg lifts, you can adjust table height to your needs. Whether free motion quilting at the front of the table or following a pantograph at the back, the Plus is a smooth longarm!
Both the Statler and the Plus use 126″ zippers to attach your quilt top and back to the frame.
The Gammill Vision longarm quilting machine has a shorter 8′ table. It’s happy to quilt tops with a short side of up to 88.” Like the Plus, Vision has adjustable table legs for the perfect ergonomic quilting experience. Don’t forget to pin your quilt to the 108″ zipper.
Looking for a free motion experience like a domestic machine but with more room and smooth as silk stitching? Then rent our Gammill Charm. There’s no introductory class needed. This sit down longarm rents for $12/hour with a two hour minimum. We also have a large table for an effortless quilting experience. You simply baste your quilt sandwich before arriving (or use the Charm’s basting stitch to do it when you get here) and you’re ready to quilt.
For all of the longarm rentals, Laurena keeps a wide selection of Superior and Signature thread on hand to find the right choice for your quilt. The thread cost is included your studio block price.
Laurena also offers a rental reward program. After renting for 25 hours, you receive a free half day studio block. A half day block earns you four hours and a full day block earns you seven hours, so it doesn’t take long to rack up rewards!
Now is the time to turn those tops into quilts! If you’ve been interested in learning to longarm quilt, definitely contact Laurena at (781) 229-0734 or by email at info @ burlingtonlongarm dot com to register for the Introduction to Longarm Quilting Class.
As of September 8, Laurena will offer choose half day or whole day studio rental block.
The half day block costs $80 (4 hour maximum). Half day quilt blocks begin between 9 am and 10 am or 1 pm and 2 pm.
The whole day block is $140 (8 hour maximum). Start times are flexible.
How does this impact the frequent renter program? You earn hours at 4 hour and 7 hour increments, receiving a half day block of free quilting when you accrue 25 hours.
Laurena began renting longarm machines in 2008, with one hand guided Gammill machine. Today, LLQ offers two Gammill hand guided long arms and a Statler Stitcher for Boston area quilters to rent.
Laurena’s shown nearly 500 people how to use the longarm machines. She’s seen that quilters need space to practice, learn and experiment on longarm machines. Many of our customers enjoy the extra space to pin, trim and spread out. We enjoy helping you make your quilts the best possible. It’s great to see you turn those tops into beautiful quilts! The studio block program gives you all of this for a set price.
The hourly rental rate will continue on the sit down free motion Charm machine.
Turning a top into a quilt is a great feeling! For many of our customers, becoming a Longarm Subscriber is a fabulous way to make sure that feeling happens every month.
What is the LLQ Subscriber Program? It allows quilters to pay monthly for longarm rental hours. Quilters purchase these hours at a reduced rate and use them as needed. If the hours aren’t used up in a month, the hours roll over and do not expire. If the subscriber needs more hours in a month, he or she is able to purchase additional hours at the reduced rate.
Subscribers agree to participate in the program for at least 6 months. If they find themselves accumulating too many hours after the initial time period, Laurena allows them to freeze the subscription for up to 3 months in a calendar year. If, after 6 months, the subscription doesn’t turn out to be the right fit, you can cancel with 30 days notice. The hours are in your “bank” to use as needed.
What a deal, right? This is one way to make sure you get your longarm quilting fix at a great price. Rates depend on the number of hours in the subscription.
Become a Longarm Subscriber at 4, 6 or 8 hours per month at only $17.50/hour. You do need to reserve blocks of at least 4 hours each time you come to the studio.
Need more time? Become a Longarm Subscriber at 10 or 12 hours per month at $15.00/hour. You reserve at least 6 hours each time you come to the studio.
And wait, there’s more (just had to say it!)…
Longarm subscribers still benefit from the frequent renter program. So, each time you pay for 25 hours of longarm rental, you receive 4 free.
Do you need any more excuse to quilt more? Definitely not!