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"I quilted it myself!"

Have you ever thought you would like to try completing your own quilts on the longarm? We offer rental time on our Statler by Gammill.  We selected use of the Statler as it allows both computer assisted and hand guided quilting.

A Pre-Rental class is required. Please call to schedule your 1-1 class.


Long Arm Worksheet


Name: ___________________________                  Date: _____________________


Quilt Pattern/Description: __________________________________________________


Measurements            Top                    Center             Bottom             

Width                           _______           ________         ________         


Length                         _______            ________         ________         

(You may wish to take diagonal measurements as well.)



Who is this quilt for?  _______________________________________________________


How will this quilt be used? ___________________________________________________

(Wall hanging or bed quilt? Quilting style, batting and thread choices will be based on use. )


Batting type: _______________________________________________________________

(Not all battings will provide satisfactory results so if you plan to provide your batting please discuss this with our staff. We offer several types of batting in a variety of fibers for your consideration.)


Give thought to the theme of your quilt. This may be based on special interests of the person you are quilting this for.  A flowing and curvy design will soften a very geometrically pieced quilt top. Likewise, a more geometric design may add a more masculine interest to a lap quilt.


When using the Statler Stitcher computerized quilting system you will have access to a large library of design options. Having some design ideas when you arrive will help avoid being overwhelmed by your selection.


Preparing your Quilt Top and Backing:


The Quilt Top:

  • Make sure the quilt top is as square as possible.
  • Make sure all seams are secure and trimmed.
  • Remove all loose threads.
  • Make sure your quilt top is pressed. Pressing dark seams toward darker fabric will reduce shadows that might show through lighter fabrics.
  • Accurate measurements of your quilt top are important, especially when using the Statler Stitcher computerized quilting system. 


The Backing and Batting:

  • When choosing a fabric for your quilt back keep in mind the color of the thread you wish to use on your quilt. You may want to use the same thread color in the bobbin as your top thread for best results. Using a light color top thread with a dark bobbin thread may result in "pokies” showing on the top and/or bottom of your quilt. A print fabric in the same color family as those in the quilt top is a good "choice for your quilt back.
  • The quilt backing and batting must be at least 8” wider and longer than the quilt top.
  • Your quilt backing must be pieced and pressed. Remove selvedge edges, trim threads and square up backing. Straight edges are important.
  • Do not sandwich your quilt; bring your prepared quilt top, quilt back and batting in separate pieces.


Quilting and Thread Considerations:


Quilting Style

  • Edge to Edge and Pantograph Quilting are overall designs that are stitched to flow over the quilt from edge to edge and top to bottom. This type of quilting traditionally takes the least time to complete.
  • Semi-Custom Quilting may add a border treatment to your E2E quilting.
  • Custom Quilting may include separate border treatments, block designs, feathers, stitch in the ditch, cross-hatching, or special treatment around applique.  Additional time is involved in custom quilting your project. 
  • The density of the quilting design will affect the drape of your quilt and is an important consideration.


Thread Play

  • Give some thought to how this quilt will be used and cared for, i.e. is this a wall hanging, a bed quilt or for a baby. Quilting threads are available in many types and colors. Decorative or metallic threads are best suited to a wall hanging while you may want to us cotton on a child’s quilt.
  • Threads are available in a rainbow of colors including both solids and variegated. The quilt design will be considered in selecting solid vs. variegated thread use.
  • Do you want the quilting to stand out or to lay subtly on your quilt?


There are no quilt police here! You can use poly thread on cotton fabrics. You can cross your line when meandering. Be consistently inconsistent and have fun with your longarm experience.


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