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Quilting Philosophy

At Sheep Camp Quilts our quilting philosophy is really pretty simple: your quilt should reflect your vision for your finished project, if at all possible. We try our best to provide you with professional machine quilting that does not outshine your piecing and/or applique, but that DOES accent and enhance your design elements to make your finished quilt everything you had hoped it would be.

When you bring your quilt top and backing to us, you are still in control of how it will look upon completion, unless you should choose to allow us to create designs using our professional opinion and skills. You will be asked to choose quilting designs from thousands of options, thread preferences, and batting preference. But, don't worry about "more decisions" as each of our staff members is able to give you knowledgeable assistance in each of these areas. thus making it pretty painless and fun! 

How long does it take to get your quilt completed? This depends on many variables, but we try to not keep your quilt in limbo for more than 2-3 months. We understand that when you bring your top to us you are excited to see the finished project and, consequently, don't want to be kept in suspense any longer than necessary. We feel the same way! On the project estimate worksheet we will give you an estimate of when we hope to complete your quilt. And we work hard to keep to this time estimate just as we try to keep the finished price within reason of our estimate. This lends itself to your overall satisfaction of your quilting experience with us, and your satisfaction is paramount.

Current Pricing is subject to change without notice.
Quilting Service Price
Edge-to-Edge quilting (also referred to as pantograph quilting) .02/sq. inch
Edge-to-edge quilting within 1-2 borders and borders quilted separately .025/sq. inch
Moderate specialized quilting (1-2 borders, quilting set into blocks, sashing & setting squares) .03/sq. inch
Specialized quilting (Stitch-in-the-ditch, specialty designs for individual units of quilt, multiple borders, sashing, or a "modern" quilt with specialty designs created for this quilt) .04/sq. inch and up
Small quilt surcharge (any object under 2000 sq. ins.) $45
Binding Service  
Make and apply binding (owner completes binding process) $2/running foot
Make, apply and complete binding by machine $2.75/running foot
Make, apply binding. Complete by hand $3.50/running foot
Quilt Preparation/Repair Service  
Piece/Press Backing $15/hour
Repair/Resize Borders, or "problem" areas of quilt top $25/hour
Press Quilt Top $15/hour
Thread Fee  
All threads are currently the same price with the exception of Metallic, Holographic, or other specialty threads $.02/running yard
Specialty threads (Metallic, Holographic, thread blending, heavy-weight, and other unusual threads) $.03/running yard
Batting Fees  
We currently carry Legacy brand batting from the Pellon company. We LOVE this batting! We have it on the roll and on the board. We also carry Warm and Natural batting by the package. Due to cotton price increases, please call the shop for current pricing.  
Legacy 80% cotton and 20% polyester (BEAUTIFUL HAND!) in a 96" width  
Legacy 100% bleached cotton (GORGEOUS) in a 120" width  
Legacy 100% polyester (thin, not a big loft) at 96" wide on a board  
Warm & Natural in King, Queen, Regular, Twin and Crib size packages  
Special orders are available, but please allow 10 days to 2 weeks for delivery  


To help your quilter make your quilt as beautiful as possible, please follow these guidelines.

  1.  Square up your quilt top to the best of your ability. Check your borders as they tend to grow on us and become wavy when placed on the quilting frame. A quilt is only as square as each of its individual components. Square up each block, each section/row, each square.
  2. If the edges of the center portion of your quilt have many seams, it may be helpful to stay-stitch 1/8" in from these raw edges to keep those seams from pulling apart and changing the measurements of the quilt. Obviously, this also helps keep your quilt top from coming apart while applying the borders, too!
  3. Before adding your borders, measure the length in 3 places (6" in from each side edge and down the center) and average these measurements; this number will be your side border measurement.
  4. Cut your side borders the length of the averaged length of your quilt (step 3, above). Pin side borders at top and bottom and center. Ease in any excess by placing the larger measured edge (border or quilt edge) on the bottom next to the feed dogs. This will help ease in any excess fullness. Press seams toward borders.
  5. Measure across quilt in three places (6" in from top and bottom edges and across center). Use the average of these measurements to cut top and bottom borders. Sew and press as you did the side borders. Repeat for each additional border.
  6. Press your quilt top carefully, especially if you are having your quilter do specialty and stitch-in-the ditch (SID) quilting. Seams must be flat; it helps the quilter if all seams along one seamline are pressed the same direction if you have requested SID. 
  7. If your top has a top edge and bottom edge according to your design, and if it may not be obvious to your quilter (no directional fabrics that my give a clue as to the orientation of your top), please place a safety pin in the upper left corner. This also applies to the backing.


  1. Measure the finished quilt top, both length and width. Add a TOTAL of at least 6" to these measurements to make the size of your backing fabric If at all possible, please plan your seams to go ACROSS the back, not Up and Down. If the seams run up and down across the back, it can affect the smoothness of the overall quilting.
  2. If  piecing backing, remove selvages from seam allowance of the seams. DO leave on selvages on outer edges of backing. Press seam to one side.
  3.  Press fold lines out of backing fabrics.
  4. If your backing has a top edge and bottom edge according to your design, and if it may not be obvious to your quilter (no directional fabrics that my give a clue as to the orientation of your top), please place a safety pin in the upper left corner.


  1.  If supplying your own batting, please make sure it is at least 6" larger (3" top, 3" bottom, 3" each side) than quilt top.
  2.  Make sure that if the batting must be pieced that it is pieced from the same brand, type, weight, of batting. Do not mix 80/20 with 100% cotton. And PLEASE do not mix polyester with anything!
  3. Also when piecing the batting, please overlap the 2 batting pieces and lightly zig-zag the 2 together. Please do not piece them together with a traditional or narrow seam as this will make for some possible unsightly ridges appear after the quilting is complete.

If you have any questions about these quilt preparation helps, please don't hesitate to contact us!