hi susie, welcome. i send quilts out all the time to be quilted. i've never mailed one. i look for LAQs that live near. i get recommendations from other quilters about who they use. going to local quilt shows is a good way to scout out local LAQs, the quilter is usually listed on the quilts, too. i usually take a scrappy quilt first to see how i like the quilting an d to see how well we wil get along and how well we communicate. i have had two LAQs dissappoint me with their quilting and i haven't gone back to them, but for the most part the quilts turn out wonderful gini
gini in north idaho
hi magz, welcome i don't think we've met yet gini
hello eileen, welcome to you too gini
For those of you who live in Savannah/Hilton Head/South Carolina area the person who does my quilting, Carol Ann, is wonderful. If anyone is interested I will give you her information by private message.
Also many local fabric stores now have long arm quilting done for you. Prices vary I'm sure just check them out.
ANYONE CLOSE TO CLEVELAND, TX MY SISTER IN LAW DOES EXCELLENT QUILTING. REASONABLE PRICING TOO......( LONG ARM) FAIRLY QUICK TURN AROUND
Guess you're considering this. I just had my first experience having a quilt quilted by someone else. I stumbled into it, really. I was purchasing the backing and binding for a quilt for a B'day gift. The gal who does long-arm quilting at my local quilt shop was returning from sickleave the next day and had only a couple of quilts to be done. The clerk offered to fill out a request for quilting, no promises as to time frame, but would try. I "signed" up and I'm so happy I did. The quilt was quilted the next day and I picked it up that afternoon. I had started cutting and piecing binding and had the quilt completed by the following weekend. I actually finished the quilt with more than a month to spare. If I'd done the quilting I'm sure I would have been finishing the binding the night before the "party". I'll actually be rested and be able to enjoy the party and the "gift-giving". <G>
Check with your local quilt shop and/or local quilt guild(s). They'll be able to help. Be sure you know what you need to do to "prepare" your quilt for the quilting process. Different quilters require the sandwiching to be completed in a certain way. Good luck.
I don't like doing bigger quilts because I do them on my HSM and I hate wrestling the bigger quilts around under the arm. I like to do the smaller things, like tablerunners, baby quilts and lap quilts. I would like to make a bigger quilt someday and send it out.
I would also check with my local quilt shop. They may actually do it as part of their business (we have two nearby). One of the LQS near me actually will teach you how to use it and then you pay a small fee to rent it and quilt your own quilt on their longarm (I may try that - sounds fun). If they don't do it, they will know who does, I think.