Longarm Quilting at Colorado Fabrics
Colorado Fabrics owns two state of the art Innova Longarm Quilting Systems, an Autopilot computerized machine with the latest Mach 3 software and a Pantovision Guidance System. We provide edge to edge quilting services and offer an array of patterns, quality threads, backings and batting such as Hobbs and Warm and Natural. We also offer classes so our customers can rent time to quilt their own quilt tops. We look forward to helping you through the design process and allowing us to turn your quilt top into a beautiful quilted treasure! Feel free to contact our longarm quilting room here, or call our store to answer any of your questions.
Pricing for Edge to Edge Computerized Quilting
Edge to Edge pattern - $ .02/ square inch
Complex Edge to Edge - $ .025/ square inch
Thread charge - $ .002/ square inch
Batting and Backing available for purchase
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Preparing your Quilt Top for Longarm Quilting
Trim all loose threads. Stray threads can show through the finished quilt and detract from the beauty of your finished quilt.
Press the quilt top so all seams are flat. This is really important and can make a big difference in the final look of the quilt. It is okay if some of the seams are twisted; that happens when you quilt. But you really want to iron them as flat as you can. Iron from the finished side (front side).
Be sure your borders lay flat and are not wavy. For any machine quilting, accuracy while creating your quilt top is the single most important issue. The top, batting and backing are attached to rails that are perfectly parallel. If you’ve not made sure the top and backing are super square (meaning the corners are 90 degrees), you can end up with tucks, puckers or added cost if the quilter needs to make corrections to your quilt top. After pressing and squaring, fold your quilt top in half and measure along the center fold to determine the length of your borders. Cut the borders to this measurement, and make the quilt edges fit the border. If you make the borders fit the edges, it is easy to have one side of the quilt longer than the other. You can end up with a great deal of distortion in the quilt, or even tucks. Lay your quilt top on the floor and see if the entire quilt lays flat. Please understand that although we believe every quilt deserves to be quilted, some quilts will not have a desirable outcome from a longarm quilting service and we reserve the right to refuse such quilts. We will be happy to offer suggestions to repair or make adjustments to any quilt top.
Your top should be free of embellishments such as buttons, beads, rivets or charms.
Choose 100% cotton for your backing fabric. Please note, poly/cotton and 100% polyester can stretch differently than cotton and can cause tucks and puckering during the quilting process.
Your quilt back should be a MINIMUM of 4-5" bigger than your quilt top on each side. That means a total of 8-10" longer and 8-10" wider than your quilt top. If you desire, we will trim the quilt for you after it is quilted, returning it to you ready to be bound. The excess batting and backing will also be returned.
If you piece your backing, always trim off the selvages. There are different theories about how to press the seam for your backing. Always use a 1/2" to 5/8” seam allowance. Pressing the seam open is the preferred method as it has the least amount of bulk. However, a quilt that is going on a bed and needs to stand up to the wear and tear of being sat on or jumped on, we recommend pressing the seams to one side, and not open. This strengthens the seam. If you press it open, the only thing holding the seam together is the threads that travel between the two pieces of fabric. This might add a slight bulk in your finished quilt but in the long run, it is a sturdier seam. Feel free to ask our advice on how to press your seams for your backing.
Preshrink and square your backing. There are many wide-back fabrics on the market. Be aware that these generally shrink much worse than standard width cottons. Buy plenty, and preshrink it by evenly wetting it and putting it in a moderately hot dryer. It is okay to tear your backing on all four sides to ensure that it is truly on grain and square.
Press the entire back.
Batting is a critical component of your finished quilt. We prefer cotton or an 80% cotton/ 20% poly blend or even wool. The battings we sell for quilting have a low shrinkage rate and do not require preshrinking. If you provide your own batting, you may want to place it in the dryer with a damp cloth to eliminate the wrinkles or flattened areas. Inexpensive polyester battings can break down or stretch and over time may lose loft. After washing it can bunch, stretch or droop and cause an undesired look to your quilt.
While we take great pride in quilting your masterpiece, slight imperfections are sometimes unavoidable. If your quilting experience with Colorado Fabrics does not meet your expectations please know we will try our best to make it right. If you are happy with our work, please tell all your quilting friends! We would love to photograph your quilt and show it off on our website! When you check your quilt in, please let us know if we have your permission to photograph and use your quilt on our website. As always we appreciate your business and look forward to quilting your next quilt!