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Barbara Dann offers professional longarm machine quilting services. She is an experienced, talented quilter who loves to create quilting to compliment the piecing of your quilt. All designs are done freehand, no computers, no patterns! There are many designs to choose from or work with Barbara to create a quilting design just for your quilt. 
Call (814 883 8708) or email (barbara@alleycatquiltworks.com) today to schedule your appointment! 

Quilting Services


Simple All Over Pattern - Simple all over quilting adds texture and movement to your quilt.  This is the most economical way to quilt your quilts. Because all the quilting is done freehand (no computer, no patterns) the design possibilities are endless!

$35 per square yard (Minimum charge - $70.00)
This quilting is also called edge to edge or all over quilting. This is one design over the entire quilt. 

Some samples of Simple All Over quilting patterns below.
Beautiful freehand patterns designed to fill your quilt with dense quilting. A complex all over quilting pattern is denser that a simple all over design.  Many quilters choose a complex all over design to give the feel of custom quilting without the expense.

Complex All Over Pattern

$70 per square yard (Minimum charge - $140)

Some samples of Complex All Over Quilting below.
Custom quilting may includes a combination of block designs, border designs, stitch in the ditch, stippling, feathers, sashing designs, inset block designs and more! All designs are customized for your quilt.

Custom Quilting

$150 - $200+ per square yard (Minimum charge - $300)

Some samples below.

Preparing your Quilt for Machine Quilting


Press quilt top and backing. Proper pressing during quilt construction will make the final pressing simple to do.

  • Batting and backing must be at least 8 inches wider and 10 inches longer than the quilt top.
  • Quilt top and backing should be square. Remove all selvedge edges. Seams on backing should be pressed open.
  • Trim all threads from quilt top and back.
  • Stay stitch around top and/or backing where there are open seams. This will prevent the seams from becoming loose while quilting.
  • Do not baste or pin quilt top to batting or backing.
Proper preparation of your quilt top will result in a better finished quilt and can save you money. If you have any questions regarding you quilt preparation, please contact me. I will be happy to help in any way I can.

Scheduling
Call and schedule your initial consultation as early as possible, especially if you have a deadline to meet. 

Your initial consultation will include:

  • Measuring your quilt top and backing.
  • Discussing quilting options, thread choices and batting
  • Completion of your order form, detailing the choices you have made for your quilt and the fees.

Borders
Cut your borders on the lengthwise grain of fabric. The lengthwise grain has less stretch than the width of the fabric. If you are piecing your borders, use a 45 degree angle for your seams. This will reduce bulk in your borders.

Measure your quilt through the center of your quilt, not the edges. This is the length to cut your borders. Apply the borders to your quilt by matching the center edge of the border with the center edge of the quilt. For larger quilts you may want to divide and mark your border and quilt into fourths or eights. Then pin them together and ease the quilt to fit the borders as you sew. 

Please call me if you have any questions about applying borders to your quilt. 

Quilt Backing
Selecting fabric:
Choose wide quilt backing fabric when possible. There are many beautiful fabrics in 90” to 120” width to choose from. Many quality quilt shops and fabric shops online have large selections of quilt backing fabric. Choose a busy print instead of a plain fabric. Consider the thread color to be used on your quilt and how well it will blend with your backing. 

How to piece your backing:
Backs can be pieced horizontally or vertically. Remove selvedge edges before sewing seams. Measure, square and cut each piece the same size, pin together and then sew using at least a half inch seam. I square my fabric by tearing it. Use whatever method you feel most comfortable with. Press all backing seams open. These hints will help prevent puckers and help keep your quilt back square. 

How much fabric?
This chart will give you an estimate of how much fabric (42”- 44”) fabric to purchase to piece your quilt back and for your binding.

Quilt size Backing 
Binding 
Twin 63x87  5.25 yards  .75 yards
Double 78x87  5.25 yards  .75 yards
Queen 84x92  7.5 yards  1 yard
King 100x92
 8 yards
 1 yard

To calculate the square yardage of your quilt, multiply the length (in inches) by the width (in inches) and divide the result by 1296.

For example: 60" x 72" = 4320 square inches.    4320 divided by 1296 = 3.3 square yards

Quilt sizes
Approximate square yardage of quilts:
Crib – 2.00 square yards
Twin – 6.00 square yards
Full or double – 7.00 square yards
Queen – 7.50 square yards
King – 9.00 square yard

Thread
I use many different high quality threads to include poly, cotton, variegated and specialty threads. I will help you decide which thread colors will best enhance your quilt.

Batting
Most high quality battings can be used for machine quilting. I offer all sizes and types of Quilter’s Dream Batting. 

Binding services
Make binding (you supply fabric) - .10 per inch.
Attach binding to front of quilt by machine - .20 per inch.
Attach binding to back and front of quilt by machine - .40 per inch.

Other services:

  1. Press quilt top or back, repair seams, fix borders etc. - $10.00 and up.
  2. Piece back - $10.00 per seam (less than 80”) or $15.00 per seam (80” and up).
  3. Custom quilt prices available upon request.