Let me finish that unfinished quilt for you, using my  Gammill Quilting Machines


      No Basting Required   Edge To Edge    Meandering   Free Form

Custom   Separate Blocks & Borders   Circles   Baptist Fans

100’s 0f Patterns to Choose from




How to Present Your "Machine Ready" Quilt


3 to 4 inches larger all round

  These two rectangles represent your quilt top and your quilt backing

  Your backing must be 3-4 inches larger than your quilt top on each of the 4 edges.

  This is a total of 6-8 inches larger than your top on both the length and the width measurements.

  Please note that all four sides of both pieces are squared, straight and fully assembled.

  This is referred to as "Machine Ready"

  When I lay your quilt top and backing out for mounting, they should appear like this illustration.

  Your chosen Batt should be at least 3-4 inches larger than your top overall.

  For curved-edge quilts like Double Wedding Ring, the backing is still squared.

  Remove selvedge before joining.

  For pieced backs, make sure fabrics are square before joining. I  cannot guarantee centre-placement of quilt for double-sided quilts.


3 to 4 inches larger all round




  Neat Quilting can be achieved if the quilt top is straight to begin with. Always cut fabric on the straight grain to ensure a straight edge.

  Do not baste or pin your quilt together.

  Fullness and puckers pieced into the quilt top cannot necessarily be quilted out. I will do my best, but quilt tops with these problems may still have the problems after quilting is complete. 

  Backing should be cut on straight grain and 3-4” larger than quilt top.



  Like most machine quilters, I calculate my  fee by multiplying the "measured" size of the quilt top, in square feet by the relevant charge in  of the quilting style chosen in $ per square foot. The various styles of quilting are charged at different rates as in the table below. The example below shows my pricing for an All-Over pattern.

  First measure your quilt top to find the length and width in inches. Since every machine and every quilter will sew a slightly different quarter inch seam, you must actually measure your top instead of relying on the finished measurements given in your pattern. The first step is to multiply your length in inches times your width in inches. Then follow the formula below, substituting your dimensions and the quoted pricing.

  Charge Calculation Example:

In this example we have a quilt top measuring 80 x 90 inches and we wish to have a continuous/edge to edge quilting style....

1 sq ft = 144 sq in

80” x 90” = 7200 sq inches

7200 sq in/144 sq in = 50 sq ft

50 sq ft x $3.50 = $175.00



The following prices are based upon you supplying the wadding

  Continuous line/edge to edge from

$3.50 /sq. ft

  Meandering/stippling from

$3.50 /sq. ft

  Custom from

$6.50 /sq. ft

  Stitch in the Ditch from

$6.00 /sq. ft

  Cross Hatching from

$6.00 /sq. ft (depends on hatching width)

  Circles from

$6.00 /sq. ft

Baptist Fans from

$6.00 /sq. ft.

 Combination/Labour Intensive Designs from

$7.00 /sq. ft

  Machine Basting from

$40                  (depends on quilt size)

  Turning Fee for separate borders  


  Wadding can be supplied at extra cost all prices include GST



  All Over Meandering – This is a larger sized stippling-type of stitching used over the entire quilt face. The pattern of the actual quilt top is not taken into consideration in the placement of this design. 

  Circles - Are placed over blocks going from small to large at regular intervals. Very pleasing on many types of quilts.

  Baptist Fans – Are made of concentric arcs, placed from the bottom to the top of the quilt in an even fashion. This is an old-fashioned design that goes especially well over all types of quilts.

  All-Over Patterns – This is a repeating pattern of your choice that starts at the top of the quilt and goes in rows to the bottom. I will try to place the rows as closely as possible to get the best effect. Some of our favourites are Roses, Leaves and Feather Meander. 

  Custom – When you need the quilting patterns to fit specific areas like the blocks and borders, this calls for customising the designs to enhance the quilt to it’s fullest potential. This is also required for most quilt shows.

  Feathers – Open feathers have a space in between the individual feathers, closed do not. Freehand feathers can be either or even both.

  Stippling – This is usually a very small filling stitch used to flatten the area behind the main quilting design to enhance or make it stand out more distinctly from the background.

  In-The-Ditch – This puts the stitching as closely as possible into the seams of the quilt blocks. It is the slowest type of stitching, especially when the blocks or pattern have diagonal seam lines.


    If you would like to quilt your own tops on a Longarm Machine, but don't have access to one, give me a call. I offer a two day $300 course on the Premier Gammill Longarm Quilting Machine.


    Any quilts you do after the course will be charged at half price. This fee covers rental of the machine, personal insurance, threads  and my guidance as you quilt. Wadding is an extra charge.


    I might add this may not be for everyone as you need to be a very fluent machine sewer, ready to take the next step to Longarm quilting. It is physically and mentally demanding to stand and quilt all day. Your quilt will need to be finished as soon as possible so as not to tie the machine up for long periods.


    I will interview and test you on a sample quilt before assessing whether I think you will cope before approving these lessons. I reserve the right to make this judgment and no further correspondence will be entered into after the decision.







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