Rates & Preparation
For the best longarm quilting experience and a timely turnaround time, please read all sections below. Current turnaround time is 1-2 weeks from the time I receive the quilt top and we finalise the design and thread choices.
I specialise in computerised edge to edge quilting, which means one quilting design is repeated over the entire quilt.
Most designs in my library are priced at $4.50 (AUD) per square foot.
Example: Your quilt is 60”x72”
60 x 72 = 4320 square inches / 144 = 30 square feet
30 square feet x $4.50 per square feet = $135
Your edge to edge quilting cost is $135
You can choose denser quilting or a more complex design at $5.00 (AUD) per square foot.
There is a minimum of $80 for quilting. This means that a small quilt’s square feet price will be rounded up to the $80 minimum. You can combine smaller items on the same backing to count as 1 item.
I have a growing library of digital edge-to-edge (E2E) quilting designs that I already own. You can view my design library here.
If you have something else in mind, check out the list of my favourite design sources here for many more options! If you find a pattern you like that is not my library, I’m happy to split the cost with you and buy it for your project.
Not sure what to choose? You have the option to have me pick the design for you or give you recommendations when I receive your quilt top. I will work with you to choose the quilting design that matches your quilt top and your preference.
Batting is a separate charge and is NOT included in the square inch price.
I love using Quilters Dream batting and currently have the king-sized 80/20 cotton/poly blend in stock. This retails for $36.70 per metre in Australia, which equates to $0.93 per linear inch.
To make it more cost effective, I use only what is needed for your quilt (smallest side + a 6″ margin) and charge per inch.
Example: Your quilt is 60”x72”
60 + 6 = 66
66 x .93 = $61.38
Your batting cost is $61.38
If your quilt’s smallest side is less than 54″ or you’re sending more than one small project, I will work out an even more cost effective batting option for you.
You are more than welcome to supply your own high quality batting. If you plan to do so, the batting should be at least 3″ wider than your quilt top on all four sides. Add 6″ to the width and length of your quilt top to determine the size of batting you need. For example, if your quilt top is 60”x72”, the batting must be at least 66″x78″.
To allow your quilt to be loaded properly on a longarm, the backing should be at least 4″ wider than your quilt top on all four sides.
Add 8″ to the width and length of your quilt top to determine the size of backing to prepare. For example, if your quilt top is 60”x72”, the backing must be at least 68″x80″.
Thread is included in the quilting fee!
I mainly use Glide (40 weight), Omni (40 weight) and Aurifil (50 weight) threads.
I usually choose a neutral thread colour to match or blend with the medium to lightest fabrics in your quilt top, but I love using colours too, so let me know what you like!
I will email you once your quilt is finished, and send your invoice to pay online via PayPal or bank transfer.
I do appreciate timely payments as that enables me to mail your project(s) back to you right away. I’m happy to accept cash for local pick up.
FreeStyleQuilts is a home-based business in Coolum Beach, a suburb on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
I accept quilts by mail or contactless drop-off. Once I receive your booking form, I will email you my shipping/drop-off address. I’m happy to discuss design choices for your quilt via email, text, phone or video call.
If shipping, I recommend sending your quilt top and backing enclosed in a bag to protect against possible moisture in transit and then placed in a hard-sided cardboard box. Make sure the box is securely taped and labeled clearly.
Return shipping: I will send your quilt back to you in the manner described above via Australia Post which comes with $100 of insurance cover and a tracking number. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like me to purchase any additional insurance on your behalf. It’s a great idea to insure your valuables against loss or damage while in transit.
The cost of return shipping will be added to your invoice.
Preparing Your Quilt
To get the best results from your longarm quilting service, here are a few other things to do before sending your quilt top:
- Press the quilt top well to keep the seams flat when quilting.
- Clip any loose threads to prevent dark threads from showing through the lighter fabrics in your quilt top.
- Stay stitch any pieced or bias edges to prevent seams from unraveling or stretching the bias edges.
- Mark the top of the quilt and the backing with a safety pin or masking tape.