open for business and the air is clean.
Oregon Forest Fires:
As you have probably heard a lot about Portland in the news lately, we are safe from the violence.
We are also safe distance from the fires, and they are getting them under control.
After about a week of "Hazardous" Air as a continuous fog, today the rain poured and the air is back to normal.
COVID-19: We are a home based business and we follow local health recommendations AND process all of your quilting orders.
10 Day Service if you order now!
If you order our long arm quilting service today, we will have your quilt on its way back to you
within 10 days from the day we receive your quilt top and backing.
Northwest Long Arm Quilting Service
Serving Quilters Nationwide with
Quality quilt finishing with mail delivery to your door
It's easy to order our quilting service online, Start Here to choose a pattern.
Click on the pattern you like, then enter the size of your quilt on the pattern page.
One price includes everything
Quilting, batting, thread and
mailing your quilt back to you!*
Easy online ordering.
To place your order for our quilting service online:
Pick the pattern you want from the category listings of our patterns then "Add to Cart".
- On the pattern page, enter the size of your quilt.
- Choose your batting and thread color.
Add your quilt to the shopping cart with the button at the bottom of the page.
- Click 'Checkout' at top right and complete your order.
- Send or bring your quilt and backing to Northwest Quilting.
- We will professionally long arm quilt it with your choice of pattern, thread color, and batting.
- Next, we will ship it back to your door! *Shipping to addresses in the United States only, $100 loss or damage insurance included, small charge for additional insurance.
The chosen stitching pattern is repeated
with the pattern stitched past the edge of the quilt top on all sides.
What is Long Arm Quilting
After you piece together your quilt top,
the next step is to create a "sandwich".
The "sandwich" is made up of three pieces:
Your completed quilt top, your backing for the quilt, and the batting (center insulation)
To keep the batting in place and kept from bunching when the quilt is used and washed,
the "sandwich" needs to be have stitching throughout the quilt.
The stitching needs to be 4 to 6 inches apart or closer.
While this is very difficult to do on a regular sized sewing machine,
it can easily be stitched on a long arm quilting machine.
Our quilting machine has a frame
that is 12 feet long and 6 feet wide.
The sewing machine head has a 26 inch throat,
it rides on rails of the frame which hold the
sew head so it "floats" above the quilt sandwich.
The process begins with attaching the top of the quilt back
to a canvas leader on the 12 foot long take-up roller bar of the machine.
The bottom of the quilt backing is attached to a leader canvas
on another roller bar about 30 inches away at the front of the frame and the
excess backing is then rolled up on that roller
until the backing is slightly stretched between the two rollers.
The next step is to place the batting and quilt top on top of the backing
and the excess is rolled on a bar on the front of the table.
This set-up gives about a 24" sewing area (by the width of the quilt) between the two rollers.
This area is sewn, the finished part is rolled up onto the take-up roller, and the next 24" is sewn.
The process is repeated until the quilt is completed.
The picture does not show the backing or batting.
The sewing can be done manually by using the handles on the sew head and
moving it around sewing where ever it is moved.
The machine we have is computer controlled and it will automatically sew the pattern you choose.
When the first quilting machine was made in 1871, the job of quilting was done manually by
moving the sew head to draw the stitching pattern.
In more recent years, the computerized machines were developed, making a more automated process
of quilt finishing and giving the customer the ability choose from 100's of patterns for their quilt.