Long Arm Quilting

Long Arm Quilting

Quilting: Stitching through all three layers of the quilt (the quilt top, the batting, and the quilt back), typically in decorative patterns, which serves three purposes:

  1. To secure the layers to each other,
  2. To add to the beauty and design of the finished quilt, and
  3. To trap air within the quilted sections, making the quilt as a whole much warmer than its parts.

Long Arm quilting involves placing the layers to be quilted on a special frame. The frame has bars on which the layers are rolled, keeping these together without the need for using a spray adhesive or pinning. These frames are used with a professional long arm quilting machine mounted on a platform. The platform rides along tracks so that the machine can be moved across the layers on the frame. A long arm machine on a frame is moved across the fabric. In contrast, the fabric is moved through a home sewing machine or sit down long arm machine.

We use the HandiQuilter “Amara” (https://handiquilter.com.au/product/hq-amara/) for both our free motion and computerised quilting.

  • Edge-to-edge (E2E): E2E is where a design is placed over the whole surface of the quilt, irrespective of the pattern used to create the quilt top. This produces a beautiful quilted appearance while being cost effective. Primarily we prefer to use quilting patterns created by Anne Bright with over 300 of her designs in our E2E Library.    
  • Custom quilting: Custom quilting is where different quilting patterns are used in different sections of the quilt top depending on the piecing design.  Custom quilting is very labour intensive, costly and quilters will often limit the number and type of custom projects undertaken.

You may have heard the phrase “every quilt tells a story,” but let’s face it—some quilts seem like they come from a horror novel.  There are occasions when patchworkers decide “done” is better than “perfect”.  At this point two of the most common challenges that raise their head are wavy borders that are too full for the quilt itself and that dastardly villain known as the “open seam.” Ethical quilters will  reserve the right to advise that they are unable to complete a project if any/all of the quilt parts i.e., top, batting & backing are of a standard that would be prohibitive of a quality outcome. They will also offer advice and encouragement in ways to rectify any challenges presented s-e-w that together your work will become your masterpiece.