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Blue Willow Mercantile Mail-In Long Arm Machine Quilting Service

Congratulations on completing your quilt top!  Don't let it join the pile of unfinished tops in your sewing room.  Let us help you turn it into a magnificant quilt!  We can quickly and easily load your quilt on one of our machines and stitch out a beautiful design which will bring your quilt to life!  All that's left is for you to add the binding, unless you wish for us to bind it (for an additional charge).  Before you know it, you or your loved one will be snuggled up in a beautiful quilt!

Quilt Preparation Checklist:
We will treat your quilt as our own, exercising our high standard of care and service.  We want you to be happy with your quilting design.  Please go through the checklist to be sure you have done everything necessary to enable us to do the best job possible with your quilt.  Understand that machine quilting will not “fix” fullness, puckering, poor sewing, inadequate seam allowance, improperly measured borders, or the squareness of your quilt, etc.
  1. In order to properly load your quilt onto our long arm quilting machines, your backing must be a minimum of 4" larger on all four sides than the pieced quilt top.  Maximum width for our largest machine is 144".  (We do not accept bed sheets or blankets as a backing fabric.)
  2. All threads must be trimmed.
  3. Quilt top and backing must be flat and well pressed; any embroidery or applique must lay flat without loose fabric or threads, no embellishments (buttons, sequins, pins), no loose fabric, etc.
  4. If the quilt top or backing is directional, please indicate with a pinned note.


Pricing:
Our price is based on the size of your quilt top of .029¢ per square inch
We have a $50 minimum charge per quilt.

Measure your quilt top.  For example:  Length x width x .029 = $ Price

Tight or a dense quilting design size requests may be subject to an additional service charge.

Batting:
We supply Quilter's Dream Batting.  All batting types are machine washable and low dry. 

If you choose to use our batting, you receive a 15% discount on the batting.
Your batting choices are :

Quilter's Dream Blend 70% Cotton/30% Polyester (considered a mid loft)
Quilter's Dream Blend 80% Cotton/20% Polyester (considered a mid loft)
Quilter's Dream White 100% Cotton - Select Loft (considered the mid loft)
Quilter's Dream Bamboo (considered a mid loft)
Quilter's Dream 100% Wool (considered a high loft)

Thread:
We use two kinds of thread:  Fil-Tec Glide and Isacord.  Both are polyester, machine washable and low dry.

We use the same thread for the top and bottom stitches.  Please think of your thread color choice carefully, based on your pieced top fabrics and your backing fabric colors.  Glide and Isacord thread has a slight shine or shimmer to the polyester thread, so the threads may be more visible within the quilting design. 

We will select the closest thread tone you have chosen to blend with your fabrics.


Long Arm Machine Quilting Service:
We offer an "edge-to-edge" or "all-over" machine quilting service.  The quilting design starts on one side of the quilt, quilting a repeat design across to the other side of the quilt.  This will repeat in rows down the length of your quilt.   
This type of service does not allow for stopping or quilting around certain blocks, fabrics, or images. 

Trimming:
Trimming of the excess backing and batting, after quilting, is included for a $15 charge.  If you prefer to not have your quilt trimmed, please let us know.

Binding:
We do offer a quilt binding service, for 25 ¢ a linear inch, for machine binding and 45 ¢ a linear inch, for hand  binding. 
Binding services will add a week to the project time line.


Shipping:

 Shipping your quilt top and backing to us is your responsibility and Blue Willow accepts no liability for lost packages.  We accept USPS, UPS, and FedEx deliveries at our facility.  Return shipping is included in your quoted price. 
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Step by Step Process:
Ready to get started? 

  1. Download a copy of our Intake Form HERE
  2. Our Customer Service Specialist will call you (from 630-868-3833) to go over your form; Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm (Eastern Time).
  3. Place a copy of your completed Intake Form, along with your signed Service Authorization, in your package.
  4. Ship or drop off your quilt top and backing.  We suggest placing your top, backing and Intake Form in a plastic bag before placing in your shipping box to avoid unforeseen weather issues.


Address your package as below:
Blue Willow Quilting and Sewing
Attn:  Machine Quilting Intake
3755 E Main Street Unit 120
St Charles, IL 60174

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