Thursday, January 19, 2017

Custom Hand-Guided & Computerized Longarm Machine Quilting

Custom Hand-Guided & Computerized Longarm Machine Quilting

by Ann Olson

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 $30.00 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.

On  A through B+ there are available computer patterns that you can choose by clicking this link.

One thread choice with all Edge-to-Edge styles.

A) Edge-to-Edge Basic ---$.015 per square inch(psi) - Continuous edge-to-edge quilting (E2E) of a large loose design repeatedly without regard to blocks or borders.

B) Edge-to-Edge Regular ---$.018 psi Continuous E2E quilting of more complicated design. 

B+) Edge-to-Edge Detail---$.02 psi - Fancy or dense E2E quilting with one thread choice or Quilting for a few seperate borders and E2E in main body of quilt.

Multiple thread choices are available with all Custom styles. (extra thread charge per color)

C) Custom Basic ---$.025 psi - Quilting Designs for borders and large center blocks. 

C+) Custom Regular ---$.03 psi - More detailed designs for sashing, borders, blocks.

D) Custom Detail ---$.035 psi- Detailed designs, echo quilting, art or landscape quilting. 

D+)Custom Advanced ---$.04 psi - More detail, small individual blocks, lots of unique design work.

E) Extreme Quilting ---starting at $.045 per square inch - Graffiti, Ruler Work, dense filler background designs around motifs.

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 $15 (include ½ yard binding fabric)                    Twin - $20 (¾ yard)
Full/double - $25 (¾ yard)            Queen -$30 ( ¾ yard fabric)         King -$35 (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 $30 (include ½ yard binding fabric)                    Twin - $35 (¾ yard)
Full/double - $30 (¾ yard)            Queen -$45 ( ¾ yard fabric)         King -$50 (1 yard fabric)

Option 3) Double-fold Binding is machine stitched to the quilt top and hand stitched to the back.   
Crib $35 (include ½ yard binding fabric)                    Twin - $45 (¾ yard)
Full/double - $55 (¾ yard)            Queen -$65 ( ¾ yard fabric)         King -$75 (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” … $14       Throw – 60” x 60” ...$18        Twin – 72 x 96 .. $20                
Full – 81 x 96  …$27            Queen – 90 x108 …$30           King – 120x120 …$37
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” $17          Throw – 60” x 60” … $24        Twin – 72 x 96  $28
Full 81 x 96   $32            Queen – 96x108 …$37                  King – 120x120 …$46

Hobbs 100% Polyester - Heirloom ¼” loft, This is a lightweight batting with 1% shrinkage. 
Crib -45” x 60” $11          Throw – 60” x 60” … $15   Twin – 72 x 96  … $18                         
Full 81 x96   $20              Queen – 96x108 …$23       King – 120x120 …$30
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” $16      Throw – 60” x 60” … $21    Twin – 72 x 96  … $25                       
Full 81 x 96   $28               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 $10 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!

Special instructions for diagonal or tilted quilting designs.

Extra $50 charge.  The back needs to be a square the length of the diagonal measurement of the quilt top plus 6 inches. This measurement must be less than 122 inches in order to be loaded on my frame. The back fabric should be non-directional.

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 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!

The Quilting Studio and Fabric Mercantile 
5151-C South Mingo, Tulsa, OK 
Monday - Saturday 9-5

Southern Comforts Quilting
1603 N Highway 66 Suite 1  Catoosa, OK
Monday - Friday 10-6 
Saturday 10-3

B-Sew Inn 
5235 S. Sheridan Rd. Tulsa, OK
Monday - Saturday 10-6
Sew Much More Fabrics
1750 B South Aspen
Broken Arrow, OK
Tuesday – Wednesday  10AM  - 5PM
Thursday - Saturday                9AM - 2PM

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 "A" through  "B+" my turnaround is 6 weeks. If you need custom detailed quilting my "C" through "E" range the turnaround time will be 6 weeks. Some custom may take longer. 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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pete Olson's sewing machine restoration process. Bringing new life to an old Singer 301.

In this blog post I am going to be showing you the step-by-step process of what I do, when I restore a sewing machine.
 This is a very filthy Singer 301 sewing machine.  When I purchased it, I did not look at what it looks like now, I saw what it could become.
 I saw there was potential in this sewing machine. Even though it had some nasty residue of tape across the back of it. And dirt and grime in every single crevice inside and outside of this filthy little guy.
 The inside was filled with grime and 60 years of old oil and grease.
 So I began the process of stripping it down.
 Taking apart every part that covered the inside in order to really do a deep cleaning.
 After taking off the bottom cover, I saw there was quite a mess of old grease inside.
 I disconnected and removed the motor so I could clean that up on its own.
 Even the light socket was unscrewed so I could do a deep cleaning behind it.
 Next I moved onto disconnecting part of the hook system on it. This machine and the Singer 221 and 222 featherweight have a very small screw as part of their hook mechanism that you do not want to lose.
 I placed the screw along with the hook inside a bag and sealed it.
 I next moved on to replacing the cord with a brand-new one on the control foot. I cleaned and checked out the controller inside and out to make sure everything was working like new.
 Then I moved on to cleaning the inside of the machine from the top. A lot of old grease had to come out of these gears.
 It's a nasty job but I do it all the time.

 Then I proceeded to blow out the dust and dirt from the machine.
 After doing this I cleaned the whole inside of the machine with WD-40. WD-40 is great for getting things loosened up and for deep cleaning the inside of these old all metal machines. But you do not want to leave it in the machine. I always blow it out and make sure it's dry.
 This area was filled with grease and gunk but I got It cleaned.
 Next I moved on to cleaning the adhesive residue off the machine. After cleaning the outside of the machines several times with WD-40. I got out some wonderful adhesive remover..... Peanut butter!
The first thing you do with the peanut butter is get a good spoonful of it and put the spoon in your mouth. This will keep you from wanting to lick your sewing machine later.
 Then you get another spoonful of peanut butter. Ann and I love Jif creamy.
 And put some on your fingers or a paper towel and apply it to your sewing machine.
 In all the areas that have adhesive.
 Then after waiting about an hour you go back to your wonderful smelling sewing machine and you wipe the peanut butter off with a paper towel taking a lot of the adhesive with it. The rest of it comes off with a fingernail.
 Now it's time for cleaning the extra parts and reassembling the sewing machine. This is the gear and hand wheel of the 301 and I go through and clean in between every slot on the gear and clean the rest of the hand wheel up. This one was filthy.
 Then I cleaned the front fold down plate.
 Now it's time to recondition the Tension assembly.  After all these years these can become quite filthy and grooves can form from thread. These weren't too bad but I still like to do this when reconditioning a sewing machine.
 I take the tension discs and I flip them over on their faces and rotate them around in a circular motion on the 150 grit sandpaper.
 This smoothes them out again like new and the thread will pass easily.
 Then I cleaned the rest of the tension assembly every single little part. After cleaning a lot of machines I have learned how these go back together. Although they can be quite different from machine to machine.
 Then after reassembling the clean and sanded tension assembly I reinstall it on the machine.
 I then cleaned the top lid of the machine including all the oil portholes and screw holes. I like to take a paper towel and get down into the tightest spots.
 Then after putting a new bulb in it's time for the light assembly to be cleaned and put back together
 This machine was missing a spool pin these normally come with a metal spring type of pin but one of those was not available so I put a plastic one in that is used on the Slant-o-matic singer sewing machines after the 301.
 Then it's time to clean all the rust and gunk off of the chrome pieces. For this I use turtle wax chrome polisher.
 Now it's time to apply grease to the gears. I put the grease on the gear with my finger on the gear and move the grease around evenly as I rotate the gears.
 The bottom is all cleaned up and oiled and ready to go.
 Now it is time to oil the sides and top of the machine.

 Now the hand wheel and gear are ready to go back in and be lined up with the motor.
 Then grease is applied evenly.
  After reassembly it is time to make some adjustments and sew that perfect 301 stitch. This machine is fast and sews wonderfully.
 My last stage of cleaning the machine is to apply a good coating of baby oil and rub it in with a paper towel.
 These last photos are of the finished and cleaned machine.
 It looks so much better now and runs like new.
 Look at all that shine and reflection.
 I love the beauty of a 301 that has been reconditioned.
 It's like a mirror reflecting the overhang of the roof above it.
 Such a lovely machine.
  A nice shiny black.

If you are in need of Ann's long arm quilting service we would love to be able to help you. Please check out the, Custom freehand long arm quilting page on this blog/website,