Have you always wanted to say "I did it all myself"? Welcome to the Longarm Rental Program at Cowles Quilting.
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
A Pre-Rental class is required. Please call to schedule your 1-1 class.
Long Arm Worksheet
Name: ___________________________ Date: _____________________
Measurements Top Center Bottom
Width _______ ________ ________
Length _______ ________ ________
may wish to take diagonal measurements as well.)
is this quilt for?
will this quilt be used? ___________________________________________________
hanging or bed quilt? Quilting style, batting and thread choices will be based
on use. )
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.)
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
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
- 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
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.
not sandwich your quilt; bring your prepared quilt top, quilt
back and batting in separate pieces.
Quilting and Thread
- 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.
- 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?
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.