Thursday, January 19, 2017

Custom Hand-Guided Longarm Machine Quilting

Custom Hand-Guided Longarm Machine Quilting
by Ann Olson

My personal quilting style is a Hand-guided artistic style, meaning I like to freehand “draw” the designs with the machine, but I also have a computerized system and can do the fun geometric and repetitive designs too.  I use two Nolting Commercial Long-arm Machine's and my frame system will do a quilt up to 122” wide. 

Minimum charge for quilting is $25.00 for A through C+ and  $50.00 for D through E.
Square Inches are figured by taking the Width x Height of the quilt top.

A) Edge-to-Edge Basic ---$.012 per square inch - Continuous edge-to-edge quilting of a large loose design repeatedly without regard to blocks or borders with one thread choice.

B) Edge-to-Edge Regular ---$.015 Continuous edge-to-edge quilting of one or two designs repeatedly without regard to blocks or borders with one thread choice.

B+) Edge-to-Edge Detail---$.018 per square inch - Continuous edge-to-edge quilting of more complicated design with one thread choice. 

C) Custom Freehand Basic ---$.02 per square inch - Quilting Designs for borders and center blocks. Or a few separate borders and E2E in main body of quilt.

C+) Custom Freehand Detail ---$.025 per square inch - Dense or more detail than "C"

D) Custom Artistic Basic ---$.03 per square inch - Detailed designs, echo quilting, Graffiti, landscape quilting, or filler background designs. Multiple thread choices.(extra thread charge per color) 

D+) Custom Artistic Detail ---$.035 per square inch - This has more detail and more dense designs than "D",

E) Extreme Quilting---starting at $.04 per square inch - Anything else within my abilities.

Thread - Solid Color Thread $6.00,  Variegated or Metallic Thread $8.00

Straight-edge Binding Service- 
Option 1) Double-fold Binding is machine stitched to the front of the quilt top, trimmed, corners mitered and ready for you to hand stitch to the back.
Crib $10 (include ½ yard binding fabric)                    Twin - $15 (¾ yard)
Full/double - $20 (¾ yard)            Queen -$25 ( ¾ yard fabric)         King -$30 (1 yard fabric)

Option 2) Double-fold Binding is machine stitched to the quilt top and machine stitched to the back for washing durability.
Crib $20 (include ½ yard binding fabric)                    Twin - $25 (¾ yard)
Full/double - $30 (¾ yard)            Queen -$35 ( ¾ yard fabric)         King -$40 (1 yard fabric)

Option 3) Double-fold Binding is machine stitched to the quilt top and hand stitched to the back.   
Crib $25 (include ½ yard binding fabric)                    Twin - $35 (¾ yard)
Full/double - $45 (¾ yard)            Queen -$55 ( ¾ yard fabric)         King -$65 (1 yard fabric)

 Batting available for purchase to be used with quilting service
Hobbs Heirloom Natural 80/20 -   It is 80% cotton and 20% polyester and shrinks about 3%, which is on the low side for cotton battings.
Crib – 45” x 60” … $13       Throw – 60” x 60” ...$15        Twin – 72 x 96 .. $18                
Full – 81 x 96  …$22            Queen – 90 x108 …$25           King – 120x120 …$35
Hobbs Tuscany Collection 100% Bleached Cotton -This cotton starts with fine bleached cotton that is needle punched. The batting will shrink 3-5% like all 100% cotton battings. 
Crib -45” x 60” $15          Throw – 60” x 60” … $20        Twin – 72 x 96  $25
Full 81 x 96   $30            Queen – 96x108 …$35                  King – 120x120 …$45

Hobbs 100% Polyester - Heirloom ¼” loft, This is a lightweight batting with 1% shrinkage. 
Crib -45” x 60” $9        Throw – 60” x 60” … $12   Twin – 72 x 96  … $15                         
Full 81 x96   $16              Queen – 96x108 …$20       King – 120x120 …$28
Warm and Natural - 100% cotton
 Crib -45” x 60” $17      Throw – 60” x 60” … $24    Twin – 72 x 96  … $30                       
Full 81 x 96   $34               Queen – 96x108 …$44             King – 120x124 …$54

Bamboo Blend – 50/50 Bamboo/cotton, durable, antibacterial, shrink 2-5%.
Crib -45” x 60” $13      Throw – 60” x 60” … $17    Twin – 72 x 96  … $20                       
Full 81 x 96   $25               Queen – 96x108 …$32            King – 120x120 …$47

Prices and availability subject to change at any time.  

Quilt Preparation

 Trim loose threads, press the top and backing. 

Please place a safety pin at the head of your Quilt Top and Backing.

Please have your Backing pieced and ready to quilt. (or I will charge you $7 per seam)

The Batting and Backing fabric must have a minimum of 4-6" extra on all sides - width and length. (This allows for shrinkage during quilting process)

Please do not pin your Quilt layers together.  Thank You!

To see some of the quilting I have done for others, click on this sentence.

Mailing, Payment, & other Details

     When mailing include your Quilt Top and Backing fabric (optional –Batting and/or Binding fabric).  Any instructions – thread color if you have a preference, design ideas or wants if have them (ex; for a male - so no flowers).  Please include your email, return address and phone number.

For mailing safety do not label package “quilt”.

I will email you to let you know your quilt(s) arrived and also when I ship it out again.

I use USPS Priority shipping with tracking and insurance for return of your quilt.   Cost is $15 for crib, $20 for twin, $25 for Full/Queen, $30 for  King. 

Payment can be sent through Paypal (using my email: or include a personal check payable to Ann Olson.

Send quilts to,   8806 S 198th East Ave, Broken Arrow, Ok 74014

Local Drop off and Pick up

Local Quilt Drop off/ Pick up Sites hours and addresses

Owl and Drum
2810 E. 15th Street in Tulsa, OK
Tuesday - Saturday 10AM-6 PM

Please call, text or message me in Facebook or email so I know your quilt is waiting for me at the following stores!  Thank You!

Sew Much More Fabrics
1750 B South Aspen
Broken Arrow, OK
Tuesday – Friday  10AM  - 6PM
Saturday                9AM - 3PM

Quilt Sampler
6024 South Sheridan Road
Tulsa, OK
Monday – Friday  10AM  - 5PM
Saturday                10AM - 4PM
(918) 493-3388

The Log Cabin Quilt Shop
14803 E 171st St S
Bixby, Oklahoma
Tues-Sat, 9AM - 5PM

Gypsy Moon Studios
2101 Beach Ave, 
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

A Bolt Load of Fabric
101 S Polk
Wagoner, OK 
Tuesday and Thursday 9AM - 8PM 
Saturday 9-5

Quilts can also be dropped off by appointment at our home in Broken Arrow. Call me at 918-606-6344 to set up a time.

Any other questions, price quote, my mailing address or batting prices please email and I will be happy to help.  My current turn – around time is 5 weeks, add a week for hand Binding service.

I do use pictures of customer’s quilts and my quilting for promotional purposes for my quilting service on the web. If you do not wish for your quilts to be used, please let me know.


                               Looking forward to quilting for you!

                                                   Ann Olson


                                          Phone - 918-606-6344


Monday, July 14, 2014

My new 4 x 6 foot cutting table / ironing table we built for about $200 here is a step-by-step description of how we did it.

This blog post is about my new cutting table. I'm going to be giving information about how we made it so that you can make a similar table for your quilting/sewing room.
Pete and I took a trip over to Lowe's hardware here in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where we live. We picked up a few items. One of them being three-quarter inch oak plywood to make a nice strong surface. We were going to have them cut 2 feet off of the end of it at Lowe's but their saw was broken. Pete said he could do the cutting. So we brought it home in the truck. Measured off 2 feet off the back, scooted it part of the way out of the truck and he cut it down to 6 feet. 
 Then it was time to sand the edges and round the corners with the Sander.
 I used a belt sander first and then moved on to using a finishing sander.
 The top and bottom of the plywood did not need any sanding because it was already smooth.
 Then it was time to move the 6' x 4' piece of plywood inside. This is not your normal sheet of plywood as oak is very heavy. 
 I also got two closet organizers for around $40 apiece at Lowe's to make the legs of my table. Here is a link to this product. 
 I used super sliders to move the plywood through the house and then put sliders on the wall so that I could protect the walls paint job. Here is a link to the  plywood we used at Lowe's, 
 Now it's time to start assembling the closet organizers.
 I suggest using a power drill and not just a screwdriver for this.
Yippie, I've got one done!
Finishing up the second one.
 Now it's time to line the two legs up.
 My good friend Tricia Wilkinson dropped a quilt off for me to do the long arm quilting on at just the right time. I asked her to come help me lift the heavy plywood sheet on top of the legs.
 Tricia has a quilting business called Jersey-Magic where she makes T-shirt quilts for people. I do the long arm quilting for her. "LIKE" her business page on Facebook at this link,
 If you are in need of having a memory quilt made from your T-shirts, Tricia will be able to help you out. She also sells many other sewing and quilted items in her Etsy store here at this link, 
 After remeasuring the table top we are ready to start bolting it down.
 We use some L-shaped brackets and screws to mount the legs on to the plywood.
 It took about 32 screws to get the job done.
 I did a lot of looking up during this time and I was so glad that Tricia was there to hold the brackets while I put the screws in.
 This is what the brackets look like from underneath.
 Now it's time to start making the cover for the table. For my first layer I put down warm and natural 100% cotton batting.
 Then my second layer I put Hobbs 100% cotton batting.
 Then it was time for the purple canvas cover. I got the canvas at JoAnn fabrics, Here is a link to the canvas, It comes in many different colors. I got it for over 50% off during their Fourth of July sale so I paid about $4.99 a yard for it and used about 2 1/2 yards.
 Now it is time to do some stapling. We had a normal staple gun but decided to buy this electric powered one for $30 at Lowes, it's a lot easier to use. I had to read the instructions to figure out how.
 Then as Trica held the fabric I began stapling. 
 After stapling we cut off the excess batting.
 Tricia was a great help to me for this project. I'm so glad she dropped that quilt off. :-)
 I decided to add electricity to my table for my iron. 
 After mounting a power strip we put in some cord holders.
 Here is the finished table.
 It's height is about 37 inches high. Just perfect for me.
 I'm able to sit at it with my stool which is very nice.
 I can use the whole surface as an ironing board.
 It has a great cubbyhole to store the iron in when I want to have the whole surface for rolling out batting or planning a large project.
 Here's a photo of the other side of the table.
 It has lots of room underneath to store sewing machines and other quilt related items.
 It is great having such a big surface to use my cordless iron on.
And a wonderful place to do some cutting.
Now you can use some of my ideas or come up with your own to make a perfect cutting table just for you. It doesn't have to be exactly like mine it can be 8' x 4' or whatever will fit in your room. There are different heights of cabinets or dressers you can use.  And of course different colors of canvas to make your table the right, "fit" for you.   I'm off to put my new table to use!  Fabric here I come! 

If you are in need of any long arm quilting service I would love to be able to help you out. You can learn more about my quilting service including pricing and shipping information right here on this blog at this link,

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My first quilts I ever put in a quilt show, and I got second place. :-)

This is a start to finish quilt that I entered into the Green Country Quilt Guild Tulsa quilt show.

I was so excited when I found out Friday morning that my quilt had received a second place ribbon.
 In this photo above is me standing next to my show quilt. It is called "Pathways".
 In this photo you can see the detail of the Long arm quilting. This one was a lot of fun to work on as I just let my imagination and needle run wild. 
 I had to share my ribbon on the Saturday night after the quilt show with my Nolting long arm quilting machine, "Artie".   I call him "Artie"  because I do my artistic thread art and long arm quilting with him. Without "Artie" this kind of quilting would not be possible for me to do. Long arm quilting machines are wonderful.
Here is a photo of the back of the quilt, I used a really fun colorful fabric on this one.

If you are in need of any of my long arm quilting service, I would love to be able to help you out. Please check out the custom freehand long arm quilting page on this blog/website for more information