New customers often call with questions about what’s needed to drop off their quilts. We have a quilt drop off list on the web site that covers the basics. Or just continue reading below!
What to do before dropping off “quilt by check?” Your quilt drop off check list:
Don’t baste the quilt layers together! We pin the quilt layers to the frame individually, so you don’t need to climb all over your living room floor, basting a quilt sandwich.
Press your quilt top one last time so it’s ready to be quilted.
Cut away loose threads… those pesky threads always show up, but one last tour with your scissors will snip away a few more.
If piecing your quilt back, remove any selvedge edges from the seam allowance. Press seams open, or if you prefer, to one side. Selvedge edges on top or bottom of backing don’t need to be trimmed.
Your batting and backing should be 6 – 8″ larger than the quilt top. Batting not big enough? Never fear, you can purchase batting by the inch from us. Laurena stocks cotton, blends and wool in white, natural and even black batting.
Once the top is done, sit back and admire your work. Consider just how your want this top quilted.
Who will use it? This helps guide your theme or perhaps even your batting choice!
At your quilt drop off appointment, you will choose the pattern and thread color for your quilt. Let us know the styles that appeal to you to whittle down the pattern choices. Do you want the thread to blend with the back? How densely do you want the quilting? Spend some time looking at other quilts to learn which motifs or patterns attract your attention.
Even if you’ve never visited the studio before, know that we’re excited to turn your top into the best quilt possible. If you have a quilt top and would like to “quilt by check,” call 781 – 229 -0734 to make your quilt drop off appointment.
After the Machine Quilter’s Expo, lovely delightful packages and downloads arrived in the studio. Hurray! New paper pantograph and Statler Stitcher quilting patterns for all of us to enjoy. While Laurena knew the contents of the packages, it was still nice to watch the paper patterns unroll.
With so many paper and digital quilting patterns available, stocking our pattern stash does require strategic thinking. Were we reflecting a wide range of quilting styles? Did we already own something similar? What requests did we receive?
Whether you rent longarm quilting machines or have us do it for you, here’s a few highlights of what’s been added.
For paper pantographs to use on the hand guided machine:
Easy Peasy which features nested angles and arcs and gives a wonderful allover texture. The 6″ pattern by Lorien Quilting offers the opportunity to practice tight curves and points without worrying about exact positioning.
Zydeco is a really relaxing pattern with fun energy that looks great on quilts for all ages.
On the Statler, we’ve downloaded one of Anita Shackleford’s Modern sets. Then there is Camelia with its graceful blossoms.
Alanna and Gwen have been working to get a fairly complete list of digital quilting patterns available for you to peruse in the shop and from the comfort of your own digital device. Gwen’s stitching out patterns when she can sneak in a row. These are on display at the Studio, too.
At your next appointment to choose patterns or quilt your own quilt, take a minute to see what’s new. As always, Laurena is happy to add patterns.
With Laurena out of town this week, Gwen and I took time to implement ideas and prep quilts for next week’s “back from vacation” mode.
Gwen created samples of 36 Statler Stitcher patterns we have in stock. This will give customers a better chance to discover possibilities as they match their quilt to the computer guided stitching options. We’ve had many already on display, but it’s nice to see everything currently available. More of our renters try the Statler, and we’re happy to download and purchase new designs if there’s one you really love.
I made a nice show and tell catalog of the batting, giving you an easier opportunity to handle samples rather than just on the bolt. Check them out next time you’re at the studio.
In the next month, I hope to photograph all of our current samples and upload a catalog for you to peruse at your leisure.
Who would have guessed that my first post would be about saving money?
“Save,” you ask? “How do you save?”
It’s just 3 steps….
Make an appointment to drop off your quilt (email info at burlingtonlongarm dot com or call Laurena at (781) 608-7891)
Get your quilt top and backing to her Burlington studio by July 31, 2014
Choose from a range of edge to edge patterns in stock. You’ll also choose your thread color and Voilà! Save 15% off Laurena’s regular pricing on pantograph allover quilting.
That’s not too difficult, right?
This is perfect timing for quilts heading out with college bound kids, or to get a head start on tops for fall quilt shows.
Your top will be quilted using one of our Statler Stitcher machines. I love the way you can scale the pattern to your quilt, choosing the offset and stitches per inch. Bring your own batting, or choose from Laurena’s wide range of options.
Stay tuned! I’ll share some of the interesting patterns Laurena has already loaded onto the computer in upcoming posts.