Products and Services
The Longarm quilting machine is the center of the finishing services
provided by Top To Bottom Quilting. There are many techniques and
effects that may go into finishing a quilt. The pricing of each technique and effect is primarily driven
by machine operation time. To simplify the description of our services,
we’ve broken them down into three categories:
Meander - Freehand quilting using varying flowing designs
over the quilt surface. Medium to large designs can easily outline
features in your quilt.
Click here to see a few examples.
Pantogram – This finishing style may use a printed design that is
“traced” with the Longarm machine from edge to edge. Many designs are
available from elegant to whimsical. It generally requires more
stopping, starting, and rolling than a flowing meander. This category
also applies to quilts where a special design is done in a few quilt
blocks. Please inquire for further details.
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Custom - This category includes all work to make your quilt into
something extra special. Custom and complex stitching in boarders,
special designs in multiple blocks, small stippling, etc.
Backing, Batting, Thread
Top To Bottom Quilting offers 108” Muslin bleached and unbleached
Batting is offered in two choices:
- Hobbs medium weight cotton batting
- Mountain Mist 4 oz Poly batting
Top To Bottom Quilting uses 100% Cotton Signature Thread in a wide range
of colors. For those colorful quilts, variegated thread is also
Two binding choice are offered:
- Top Attachment
- Top Attachment and Hand Finish
Quilt Top Preparation
The biggest factors in a finished quilt that lays flat, has little or no
puckering and edges with no tucks are accounted for when the quilt top
is constructed and prepared for finishing. Some factors can be accounted
for during the finishing process, but for the best results, nothing
beats a quilt top that has tight block construction, well pressed seams,
boarders that are square, and fabric grains that run in the correct
directions in the boarders.
The following steps should be taken when preparing your quilt for the
1. Flat, pressed seams are best done during construction. Running an
iron over seams prior to finishing is still helpful.
2. Square the quilt sides so that they are at right angles to the top
and bottom. The sides should be parallel. The top and bottom should be
parallel. This can be confirmed with measurements. This will enable the
quilt to roll onto the frame of the Longarm machine properly.
3. Clean off unclipped, excess thread on the surface. It can get caught
in the hopping foot of the Longarm machine and cause unwanted results.
Dark threads on the underside can show through lighter fabrics.
4. Mark the center of the top with a safety pin. This helps us put the
quilt on the frame correctly.
5. If you are supplying the backing or batting, it must be trimmed eight
inches longer and wider than the quilt top. This is required to put it
on the machine rollers correctly.