Long Arm Quilting

Information from the Quilters at Alewives

You must read this FAQ before your order can be submitted
Things to keep in mind when having your quilt-top quilted on a long arm

Backing and batting need to be a total of 8" wider and longer than the size of your quilt top. (For example, if your quilt measures 80" wide and 90" long, your batting and backing will both need to measure at least 88" wide by 98" long. This gives 4" extra on all four sides, which is necessary to load the quilt on to the long arm machine.)

Leave all three layers of your quilt (quilt top, batting and backing) loose:
do not baste or pin the three layers together!
To save you postage you are welcome to ship just the quilt top and backing to us and purchase batting from the shop.

If your quilt top or quilt backing are directional, please leave us a note indicating how you would like your quilt to be oriented. If possible, please press your backing seam(s) open so they lay flat.

Should any problems arise during the quilting of your quilt (i.e., if your quilt is not square or there is distortion in your borders) we will contact you and decide together how to best proceed.

When we ship your quilt back to you we will purchase a method that has delivery confirmation. If you desire additional insurance, let us know and we will be happy to get you a price quote.

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Customer information

Thank you for considering long-arm quilting with Alewives Fabrics! We work closely with our customers to ensure you have the best long-arm quilting experience possible. Once we receive your order, we will be in touch via e-mail or phone to confirm some of the finer details of the long-arm quilting process.


Alewives Fabrics will contact you via phone once we have received your quilt top to confirm the details of your order. We will contact you again when your quilt top has been completed to discuss payment and shipping information. If at any time a question arises, please feel free to contact us at 207 563 5002

Quilting prices

Long-arm quilting services start at 2 cents per square inch. To calculate the cost of your quilt, multiply length of quilt by width of quilt (For example: 80" wide by 90" long equals 7,200"). 7,200" x .02 (2 cents) equals $144.00. For custom work or dense quilting designs, prices start at 3 cents per square inch.

Thread charge for basic quilting is as follows: $5 for crib/throw $8 for twin/double $10 for queen/king

Thread charge for custom work or dense pantographs is as follows: $7 for crib/throw $10 for twin/double $12 for queen/king

There is a minimum charge of $50 for long-arm services. Additional services (binding, sewing seams, adding borders, etc.) available at a cost of $25 per hour.

Quilt information

* = To find total inches, multiply the width of the quilt by the length of the quilt

Quilts are added to our list on a first-come, first-served basis. When your quilt is dropped off, you will be added in chronological order to our work-list. If you have a rush job, or need your quilt returned by a certain date, please let us know when you deliver your quilt to us. Rush orders are charged 4 cents a square inch when we are able to accommodate them. There may be busy times when we are unable to accommodate rush orders, but we will do our best to fit everyone in.

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When choosing thread color for the top and bottom of your quilt, to avoid what we call the "salt and pepper" effect, try and keep some continuity between the two colors . For example, if you were to choose a white thread for the top of your quilt and a black thread for the bottom of your quilt, this would cause a "salt and pepper" effect where the threads intersect. Try and choose two threads that are somewhat close in color. For example, it would be fine to use a white thread and a light gray thread together. If you have any questions about thread choices, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll work together to choose a thread combination that works for everyone!

Customer will send batting along with quilt

Please use batting from Alewives and add to my bill (If you choose this option, we will contact you shortly via phone or e-mail to discuss batting options)

Customer will attach binding

Alewives will attach binding to the quilt by machine at a rate of $25/hour, customer will complete binding at home.

Alewives will attach binding by machine AND tack down to the quilt by machine at a rate of $25/hour

Alewives will attach binding to the quilt by machine AND tack down to the quilt by hand at a rate of $25/hour.

We appreciate your trust and business and take our commitment to finishing your quilt on our long-arm very seriously. We will make every effort to complete your quilt with care and craftsmanship in a timely manner and to your complete satisfaction. If you have any questions about our long-arm quilting services, please feel free to contact us any time at 207 563 5002: we will be happy to answer any questions for you!