Long Arm Quilting Services

I provide hand-guided long arm quilting services on my Gammill Classic Plus, on a part-time basis.  I am very reasonably priced, have over __ pantograph patterns to choose from. Over 90% of my business is repeat business, affirming the excellent quality of my work.  I work on a reservation based system, meaning a quilter reserves a future date on my schedule.  I appreciate having quilts in my possession only 1-2 weeks prior to their date on my schedule, to ensure you do not lose the spot you’ve reserved. Pricing information and quilting preparation are listed below. Please read through this information before contacting me, as I will be asking you questions about your quilt!


Quilting Services

Quilting fees are calculated by the square inch, with additional fees for optional items, as listed below.  To calculate the square inches of your quilt, multiply the length times the width of your completed quilt top.  To determine the fee for a specific service, multiple the total square inches of your quilt top times the “per square inch” price. There is a minimum $50 fee for all quilting services. Pricing varies because although certain techniques might look simple, such as stitching in the ditch, cross-hatching & echoing, these are really quite time-consuming to do on the long-arm.  For that reason, they are considered “custom quilting” and are priced accordingly.


Basting – 4-6 inch stabilized grid for those who want to hand quilt . . . . . $.01/sq. in.


Edge-to-Edge – All edge-to-edge quilting including meandering, pantograph, or all-over free-hand quilting designs, based on the intricacies of the pattern selected . . . . . $.02-.035/sq. in.


Semi-Custom Quilting – Separate borders, motif designs over the each entire block, minimal stitch in the ditch (SID), minimal echo quilting.  Price is determined by the amount of quilting and complexity of the designs selected . . . . . $.035-.05/sq. in.


Custom Quilting – Separate borders, background fill/stippling, motif designs, stitch in the ditch (SID), cross-hatching, echo quilting.  Price is determined by the amount of quilting and complexity of the designs selected . . . . . $.05-.08/sq. in.


Fees include machine set-up and thread.  There may be additional charges for specialty thread.  All fees are subject to change without notice.  I will provide you with an estimated total cost range before quilting, if requested.

I reserve the right to refuse any quilt or request major issues be resolved by the quilt owner prior to quilting. Some piecing boo-boos cannot be quilted out of the quilt.

Additional Services & Fees

Specialty thread charge . . . . . $8-15

Turning fee (turning and remounting quilt top) . . . . . $15

Pressing back and/or top . . . . . $10

Squaring backing . . . . . $10-$15

Piecing back . . . . . $20

Thread change . . . . . $5

Trimming/squaring finished quilt . . . . . $10

Rush fee . . . . . $50

Attaching binding . . . . . $.10/linear in.

Battings available for purchase
Quilters Dream Cotton (white/natural)
Quilters Dream Blend (70/30)
Quilters Dream Wool


Preparing your quilt top for long arm quilting

For the best results possible, please follow the following guidelines.  

  1. The quilt top and back should be squared and pressed flat.  If there is more than 1½” difference between the center and edge measurements, there is a likely there will be a pleat in your quilt after quilting. 
    1. Be aware that fullness and puckers (in the blocks or the borders) that have been pieced in cannot be quilted out. I will ease them in as well as I can. Careful piecing and proper measurement of borders before attaching will easily resolve these issues. There are many wonderful resources available in books & online if you need them. I check fullness by draping the quilt top over the long arm frame. If the quilt is wavy as it hangs, I know there is too much fullness.
    2. If you need to piece your backing, remove the salvage before piecing. I find a ½” seam in the back, pressed open, provides plenty of stability to your quilt without adding too much bulk. And if you plan to hang your quilt, it is imperative that your back seams run vertically (top to bottom) and NOT horizontally (side to side). This helps your quilt to hang flat after quilting, binding & blocking.
  2. Squared quilt back and batting must be 8-12 inches longer and wider than squared quilt top. For smaller quilts you can be 8” and for larger quilts (queen) please allow the full 12”. If the back is not properly squared, you are very likely to get a pleat or two in the back of the quilt. Again, there are many wonderful resources available in books & online if you need them. If the backing is too large, you again could get a pleat you will not be happy with. Working with too much back & batting is as difficult as working with too little of either.
    1. If you choose to select a batting that I offer, I will be responsible to the proper preparation of the batting. I carry queen wide battings, and charge by the linear inch, based on my cost plus for each roll.
  3. All seams should be checked for any gaps or loose stitching and the necessary repairs made prior to dropping off your quilt.
  4. All loose threads should be trimmed. If you have threads hanging on the back of your quilt top, they will be quilted in and will be nearly impossible to remove afterwards. If you can’t see them through the fabric, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel them.
  5. The top of the quilt and backing should be marked accordingly if it matters to you which end goes up.
  6. After pressing both, hanging on a plastic coat hanger will produce the least amount of creases & wrinkles to both.


This was my setup when I first started 10 years ago. It's pretty sparse but I was thrilled to have it.


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E-mail: joann@quiltingjo.com


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