Quilt Preparation

This is a very important part of the quilting process. If your quilt is prepared correctly it will be much easier to quilt and will allow the best possible end result. Preparing your quilt as follows will also save you any costs that may have been incurred getting your quilt ready to be loaded onto the quilting frame.

  • Choose a backing fabric that has similar colour tones as the top. We prefer to use the same thread on both the top and bottom wherever possible.
  • Choose a back with a busy print
  • The backing and wadding should be at least 4? larger than the quilt top on all sides.
  • If backing is to be pieced ensure all selvedges are removed and backing is square.
  • Pieced borders should have a line of stay stitching around the edge to prevent the seams popping open and distorting the border
  • Please note that the use of ?sheeting? as a backing fabric is not recommended as the weave may be too dense to allow even needle penetration
  • Loose threads on quilt top should be clipped.
  • Check for unsewn or frayed seams and repair them
  • Please press your top and back
  • Using a hanger to drape the quilt top and backing on keeps them neat until ready to be quilted.


In order for your quilt to lay flat and to quilt squarely you must apply your borders correctly. If your quilt top isn?t square we may need to put in tucks/pleats to ensure that any fullness in your quilt is reduced. If pleating is required this is done discreetly, on a seam where possible, and blind hem stitch is used to bed this down; charges are applied for this service.

Tips for Applying Borders

Borders that are flared, rippled or wavy are the most common piecing problem that we see. Borders that are cut straight on the grain, rather than across the grain are more stable and less likely to flare.

To apply a border with straight-cut corners, as opposed to a mitred border, use the following instructions. Measure the length of the quilt in 3 centre places, middle, just above and just below. Average the numbers and use the average as the quilt length. Repeat this method with the width of the quilt to obtain the top and bottom border widths. Cut the borders, remembering to add the border width to either side or top and bottom borders depending on how you are constructing the border. Cut fabric and apply to borders by pinning the centre of the border to the centre of the appropriate edge of the quilt, pining the border ends to the quilt corners and easing the fullness in whilst sewing from the centre toward the corners. If you have a walking foot it is a great tool to use at this point.



Quilt preparation and set Up

Preparation of quilt top, backing and wadding. Cutting threads, ironing, trimming,  centering pieced backings and staystitching. If you have prepared your quilt as per the instructions under Quilt Preparation this charge would not be applied..

 $25.00 per hr


Edge to Edge/ Continuous Quilting


This is a continuous line design that is worked from one edge of the quilt to the other and repeated from the top of the quilt to the bottom.  We have more than 150 patterns to choose from.

$4.40 per s/f


Freehand custom quilting individually designed, in consultation with our clients, to enhance each quilt.  Does not include stitch in the ditch.

Fr $7.50 per s/f

Custom Quilting

A more detailed version of quilting where block motifs may be used and are sized specifically for each quilt, any stitch in the ditch and detailed background fills.


Fr $8.80 per s/f

Minimum $100.00


As per custom, plus any crosshatching, micro stitching, intricate freehand designs, formal feathers.


Fr $10.00 per s/f

Minimum $150.00


Precise design worked over entire quilt.


$5.00 per s/f



A machine basting service is offered for the hand quilting enthusiast with perfectly spaced, easy to remove stitches.

$1.50 per sq ft.



This fee includes the unloading, turning and reloading of your quilt to enable us to quilt the borders. This in turn provides a lovely frame for your quilt.





Thread is charged by the number of bobbins used.  The A1 Longarm machine uses a Size M bobbin (double).


Standard - $3 per bobbin

Variegated - $4 per bobbin

Specialty Thread - POA


Minimum Cost


No job is too small, we will quilt anything from place mats to a King Size quilt.  Please note the minimum charge per quilt is $50.00.



A very large range of wide backing fabrics(108"plus) are available for purchase. 

From $20.00


5 types of Wadding are offered




Hobbs Polydown

$15.00 per metre

Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Blend                         $18.00 per metre
Hobbs Wool $28.00 per metre


Matilda's Own 100% Cotton

$20.00 per metre


Matilda's Own 100% Wool                                      Matilda's Own 80/20 Blend (Wool/Cotton)

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Matilda's Charcoal 80/20 (Perfect for dark quilts)

$55.00 per Q/S Batt

  Minijumbuck Nuwool 60/40 blend - 1.5m $13.00 per metre


Minijumbuck Nuwool 60/40 blend - 2.5m

$16.00 per metre


Service available - POA




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