How much will it cost to get my quilt quilted?

Are you interested in knowing what the pricing and costs will be to have your quilt quilted? Your cost is based upon the actual dimensions of your quilt top. All machine quilting is priced by the square inch. Scroll down to use our pricing calculator to get an estimate. To see the levels of quilting you have to choose from, please click here. Please note I am not currently accepting Heirloom or Show quilts for machine quilting.

How to Prep Quilt Top for Quilting

Can I quilt it myself using your longarm machines?

Yes! We’d love to have you come rent time on our APQS longarm machine. Our Quilt Fairy’s are waiting to help!

What patterns can I choose from?

We have over a thousand different designs! You can see select ones we offer by clicking here.

Pricing Calculator

To use the pricing calculator input the dimensions of your quilt top in the estimator below.

Results of the automatic estimator above are not quotes but are intended as a reliable estimation of machine quilting labor charged by Quilted Joy.


Batting and Backing needs to be a minimum of 6″ wider and 6″ longer than your top.   If, for example, your top is 50 x 50, you need batting and backing that is 56 x 56.  The extra allows me to have the needed room to attach your quilt to the frame, and you get all the extra back. My preferred batting is Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 cotton batting.  You can supply the batting for your top or get it from me. Please note that if you do bring me batting, there are certain batting types I can not accept as they will not work well on a longarm frame.

Please note:  There are some battings that are too fragile for use on the longarm.  Please ask me before sending your own batting.


I carry over 130 different wide back fabrics that are perfect for your project! you can see them all in my online shop. You can also bring your own backing in for your quilt if you’d rather do that.

Backing needs to be a minimum of 6″ wider and 6″ longer than your top. Sheets are not the best choice of backing for your handiwork.  If you must send a sheet as a backing, ensure that you have washed it in hot water a number of times to ensure it has shrunk as much as it will. If you piece your backing fabric, remove any selvages before you sew the pieces together as they shrink at a different rate than the rest of the fabric and will cause puckers along the seam. Use a seam allowance BIGGER than the standard 1/4″ piecing seam (I like a 5/8″ seam or so). Press the seams open.

Preparation of backing (if needed)- $ 10/seam


We offer a complete binding service. We will prepare and attach binding to the front of the quilt by machine from fabric you provide and hand-finish it to the back of the quilt. To figure this cost, multiply the cost of the service you want times the total linear inches of the four sides of your top.   We ask for one yard of uncut fabric to construct the binding. Please see the prices below to make your binding:

Machine stitching binding to front of quilt only $ .11/linear inch

Machine stitching binding to front and back of quilt $ .22/linear inch

Make binding out of 1 yard of provided fabric $ 25


There is an $8 new needle and thread charge for each quilt top.  This includes around 708 yards of thread (about 3 bobbins worth). Additional thread is $1.50/bobbin.


Standard thread- First 708 yards included

Variegated thread $ 4.00


You will be charged the actual shipping and insurance costs. Once your quilt is finished, I’ll be able to weigh it and let you know what the shipping amount will be to your address. Generally, shipping and insurance for the Eastern Time Zone is $15 for the first quilt in the box and $10 for each additional quilt in the same box.

The pricing on this page is for your use to estimate the costs of having your top quilted. Please remember, each quilt is different.  I’ll be happy to provide a free estimate based on the actual needs of your quilt top. Prices subject to change without notice.  Estimates are not contractual bids.  Written estimates are free and are honored for 60 days.

I will need a 50% deposit before I can reserve your quilt’s time on the frame. If you are shipping your quilt to me, I will call you when your quilt arrives. I will notify you when your quilt is complete and will ship when your payment is received in full.

If you have questions about my pricing, please contact me by phone or email.  I will be glad to discuss your quilt with you.   After seeing the quilt, I may suggest certain quilting, but the decision is up to you.