Details for Finishing Your Quilt
What is involved in each step? How much does it cost?
See below for more. Detailed Fee List at the bottom of this page.
Your Tasks Before Shipping
Your Quilt Top
1. All SEAMS MUST BE PRESSED TO ONE SIDE, NOT PRESSED OPEN. Open seams work well for clothing, or for machine quilting. However, the fewer layers the quilter has to stitch through the smaller the stitches will be. To quilt "in the ditch" seams must be pressed to the side.
2. Your quilt top must be clean; please no pet hair
3. Quilt backing must be at least 4" bigger than the quilt top.
Ship us your Quilt Top
We have dozens of quilting templates from which to choose the perfect design for your quilt.
After we've chatted and decided to work together, you'll pack up your quilt top, backing, binding, maybe some batting, and mail it to our studio in Missouri.
We encourage you to ship
USPS Priority, insured.
At this time an estimated 50% deposit is required before any work begins.
Payment may be done through PayPal, personal check or money order. If using PayPal there will be an extra 4% charge to cover fees. Final payment will be due when you receive your finished quilt.
The administration fee for each quilt is $95. This covers handling all of the details,
from beginning to end. The worrying
(we do it so you don't have to!),
choosing the perfect Amish quilter
for your quilt, and working with
her to ensure that the quilt is done
in the way we've agreed, getting
it shipped safely to the correct
address, and much, much more.
This is all covered in the
Hand Quilting Design
and Quilt Top Marking
The quilting designing and marking the hand-quilting lines on your quilt top are charged at $22 per hour.
There is as much collaboration in the quilting design process as you would like. Some customers prefer to be involved in all aspects of the quilting design, others leave it to me. Still other tell me exactly what they want, and I make it happen.
Not every quilt needs templates - many are quilted with just straight lines, such
as the quilt shown at right. Whatever design we choose, we use the least invasive marking method as possible.
If you prefer to mark the hand-quilting lines on your quilt top yourself,
that works, too.
Pricing for hand-quilting is charged by the yard of quilting thread; as they quilt the women keep track of how many yards of thread they use. We are currently charging S1.10 - $1.55/yard, depending upon who is doing the quilting, the fabric being quilted, and the complexity of the quilting design. Straight lines are less expensive than swirly patterns, as they are faster to quilt.
Click here to see examples of how many yards of quilting went into some of our sample quilts.
Here we've used a pen with special ink that we remove with a hot iron after all quilting
is finished (we like it because it feels like magic).
Your quilter will receive a color photocopy that has been marked with the
hand-quilting patterns to use as a guide.
Hand quilting can take up to seven months, depending upon the quilt, the quilting design, the quilter, what else is happening in her life, and many other factors. The average quilting time is
about three months. Some quilters are faster than others and complete a
quilt in a month.
There are many variables, but there is one constant: we do not "rush" quilts. Please allow adequate time for us to complete your quilt in the way it deserves.
Choosing Quilt Backing
The quilt template and the finished quilt square.
Most people provide the backing for us. However, if you do not have backing available we can provide a backing to compliment your quilt top. We have 108” wide backing fabric which provides a seamless back with less cost. Backing pricing depends on the type of backing chosen, yardage, and the time it takes to choose it.
Your backing needs to be 4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than your quilt top. We do not provide seaming service for narrow quilt backing. If, for some reason we have to sew and press one or more seams in your quilt backing you will be charged $22/hour.
The back of a quilt (and some beautiful small stitching!).
Choosing Quilt Batting
Our batting of choice is Quilter's Dream Cotton. We carry the two varieties that work best for hand quilting:
"Request," a flat loft (blue label) and the slightly fluffier "Select" mid loft (pink label).
You are always welcome to use other batting; please just let us know.
Prices are listed at the bottom of this page.
Request Loft: Low loft. Request is a lightweight
and consistent loft developed especially for hand quilters and is ideal for fine micro-stitching. Excellent for light-weight summer quilts
Select Loft: Mid loft. Select loft is versatile for hand quilting with a soft lovely drape. The perfect mid-weight batting for most quilting projects
The trimming of your quilt is included if we are adding the binding to your quilt. If we are not binding your quilt we can trim it for a $10-$25 fee, depending on the size. Let us know how you like it trimmed – at the edge, or ¼” beyond the edge for batting fullness in the binding. We can also return the quilted top to you untrimmed and unbound..
We can trim the quilt, and then cut, sew, and attach the binding for you. We cut 2.5" strips, machine sew them to the front of the quilt, and then hand stitch the back.
Costs are listed below.
If you would like us to choose the binding fabric for you, we will, and will add the cost of the fabric to your final invoice.
Binding is machine-sewn onto the front of the quilt, then wrapped around to the back, and secured with hand stitching. If done correctly, it will be almost invisible.
Fees charged for each quilt
Hand Quilting - $1.10 - $1.55 per yard of quilting thread, depending upon who is doing the quilting, the quilt fabric, and the intricacy of the quilting pattern. Quilters with more experience, smaller stitches and who are faster are paid at a higher rate than those who are newer to to hand-quilting for us. The quilter keeps track of the thread she uses while hand-quilting your quilt.
Administration Fee - $95 per quilt
Quilting Design and Marking - $22 per hour
Shipping - $15 each way between our studio and the quilter, plus the shipping of the finished quilt from our studio to you. We recommend either USPS Priority or UPS.
Simple repairs - $25/hour
Batting (you may provide your own)
Crib $16 46″ x 60″
Lap (Throw) $21 60″ x 60″
Twin $29 93″ x 72″
Double $32 96″ x 93″
Queen $37 108″ x 93″
King $56 122″ x 120″
Note: The backing must be at least 4" bigger than your quilt top on ALL sides.
If you provide the fabric - no charge.
If we provide the fabric - cost of fabric plus time spent choosing fabric.
Trimming (only if we are not binding your quilt)
Crib/Lap/Throw $10 36” - 60" 45” - 72”
Twin $15 63” - 73” up to 90”
Full/Queen $20 74” - 89” up to 108”
King $25 90” - 120” 90” - 108”
Binding - Machine sewn onto the front, hand sewn on the back.
Quilt trimming is included in the price of binding. NOTE: binding cost will be more for quilts with corners and/or sides that are not straight.
Crib/Lap/Throw $45 36” - 60" 45” - 72”
Twin $100 63" - 73” up to 90”
Full/Queen $125 74" - 90” up to 108”
King $140 9o” - 108” 104” - 108"
Prices updated 3/5/2022
Let us help you create an heirloom quilt!
We want you to be completely satisfied with your quilt, and will do our best to make it so!