Friday, June 3, 2011

FAQ's - Friday's Frequently Asked Questions - Quilting Questions

How much does it cost to have a quilt quilted?
Today I am going to just answer one question.
I want to explain it in a simple way - but it is not simple...
I do "free-style quilting", which means I manually move the machine to make a personal design with the stitches on your quilt.  These designs are everything from simple to very complex such as: swirls, spirals, meandering, stippling, feathering, stars, hearts, butterflies, leaves, flowers, and anything else you can imagine.  No two quilts will look the same with Freestyle Quilting! You get an amazing final product!

I quilt on a Gammil Long-Arm Classic Plus Regulated Stitch Quilting Machine, making every stitch the same size.  I quilt nice and neat and evenly.  I have quilted over 1500 quilts since 2003. I quilt full time - 5 days a week.  Booking a date for your quilt is explained  in the  Post of FAQ's- May20, 2011.
I do estimates for specific sizes - Just email me. Marcia@craftysewing.com
I am very blessed to be able quilt full time 5 days a week.  This is what I do...
 I handle your quilt with tender loving care.
I press the top and the back again before I quilt it.
I repair any missing stitches before quilting.
Along with you, we choose the perfect design and thread color and batting.
I quilt nice and neat and evenly.
I clip all loose threads from your piecing and from the quilting.
I trim your quilt, so it is ready to bind.
I offer the service of binding your quilt with an all machine embroidery binding.
I do what my custumer requests .
Every quilt is unique and the prices are reasonable for unique free style quilting.

Here is a listing of the ranges of prices per square inch for Ribbon Quilting and Meandering.
Meandering can be with or without a Twist.  A twist is a flower, star, leaf, or other design element with the meandering.

Extra Large One Color Ribbon Quilting and Extra Large Meandering is 2 cents a square inch.

Large One Color Ribbon Quilting and Large Meandering is 2 1/4 cents a square inch.
Medium to Large One Color Ribbon Quilting and Medium to Large Meandering is 2 1/2 cents a square inch --- The most selected style of freestyle quilting!
Medium One Color Ribbon Quilting and Medium Meandering is 2 3/4 cents a square inch.
Medium to Small One Color Ribbon Quilting and Medium to Small Meandering is 3 cents a square inch.
Small One Color Ribbon Quilting and Small Meandering is 4 1/2 cents a square inch.
Small to tiny Meandering or stippling ranges from 5 cents to 7 cents a square inch. 

The ranges of prices per square inch for Overall Swirls.
Starts at 2 1/2 cents for Extra Large to 5 cents for Small Swirls. 

The ranges of prices per square inch for Overall Waves.
Starts at 2 1/2 cents for Extra Large Waves to 5 cents for Small denser waves. 

Overall Feathering - depends on the size and the density.

Feathering in a border or in blocks depends on the size and the density.

Quilting special areas and on individual blocks depends on the design choices and the density for the quilting and areas.

Outline Quilting varies with the detail of the applique' pieces and density of the quilting.

Wiggle Line quilting starts at 3 cents a square inch and depends on the density.

Zentangle Quilting in each square depends on the size of the blocks and detail of each pattern.

T-Shirt Quilts start at 2 1/2 cents a square inch for a large overall meandering.  T-shirt Quilts with large meandering and simple outlining on each block around the words and the photos on the t-shirts starts at 2 3/4 inch and up.

Photo quilts depend on the detail of the quilting.

So in conclusion most quilts would need a specific estimate to determine the pricing for the free style quilting that the customer chooses. 

Here is a listing for an example of a general estimate for a general quilt size for the 2 cents and 2 1/4 cent pricing.
Baby Quilt 35" X 45" = 1575sq inches X .02 = $31.50  and  1575sq inches X .025 = $39.37

Small Lap 45" X 65" = 2925 sq inches X .02 = $58.50  (2 cents a square inch)
  and 2925sq inches X .0225 = $65.81  (2 1/4 cents a square inch)
  and 2925 sq inches X .0250 = $ 73.12  (2 1/2 cents a square inch)
Lap 55" X 70" = 3850 sq inches X .02 = $77.00  .... I didn't calculate all of them....
Twin 63" X 87' = 5481 sq inches X.02 = 109.62
Double or Full 78" X 87" = 6786 X .02 = $135.72
Queen 84" X 92" = 7728 X .02 = 154.56
King  100" X 92" = 9200 X .02 = 184.00
I also do estimates for specific designs and sizes just for you.

Here are some links for examples:


The Passage Quilt from one of the Wordless Wednesday Post is an example of Extra Large Meandering with at Twist .02 cents a square inch.
http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/2011/05/wordless-wednesday-passage-quilt-for.html







Extra Large One Color Ribbon Quilting on the link below - the first quilt and second quilt on that post are Extra Large Ribbon Quilting.  The second one is two color - so that would be 2 1/4 cents because of 2 thread colors.  Click on this link for more photos: http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/2011/05/getting-up-close-with-ribbon-quilting.html



An Example of Overall Swirls is this Blue Green Quilt.  These are 3 inch swirls in diameter and smaller swirls and the pricing on this quilt would be approximately 3 1/2 cents a square inch.  More photos at Getting up close with my Quilting May 16, 2011.










All of the posts on Getting up Close with my Quilting would give you many examples when choosing the free style quilting. Here is the link to all those posts- http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/search/label/Up%20Close%20Quilting

There are also tons of quilting photos in the Photo Gallery.


Sometimes people think it costs a fortune to have a quilt quilted, but I like to stay in an affordable price range. And that is why I have only raised my prices twice in the past 8 years!  Prices are subject to change.


I hope this helps to figure out the pricing... as I said, it isn't simple, but it the best way for me to figure pricing for my customers.  I do estimates for specific designs and sizes just for you.



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Thanks!   Marcia














2 comments:

Maite - vitoma said...

¡QuĂ© maravillas!
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Tonya said...

I have several large quilts that are in my mind to make someday. I am just going to send them and not even worry about it. What you charge is what you charge. And the design you choose is whatever you want too. You know more about it than I and your work is beautiful!!!