LongArm Quilting

This quilt had a Japanese theme with a center panel that the client had done herself in the Sashiko style, and is the second quilt he has been commissioned to do for this client.  As the center panel was sashiko and more sashiko was going to be added,  she asked for the centre panel to be left unquilted.  As with her last quilt she wanted to do the binding herself.  This was quite a testing commission for Alan because, although he has missed out panels before, he wanted this to be as precise as he could.

With the client wanting to have the panel left unquilted Alan hand-stitched the wadding to the quilt top in a few places with yellow/white embroidery thread.  This is because if a quilt is to be washed then all waddings need to be stitched between 4-10” apart to stop the wadding moving.  The stitches only go through the wadding and topcoat so that when more Sashiko is added the backing will be able to be kept separate.

In keeping with the Japanese theme and after discussing different patterns with the client, via email, the Dragonfly border pattern was decided on.  This was very apt as Dragonflies are symbolic of Japan and are held in high esteem by Japanese people.

Quilt top provided by customer.

Backing fabric provided by customer ironed by ATQ

2m 50/50 Bamboo/Cotton mix Wadding provided by ATQ

No binding required.

Threads used:  Aurifil forty/3 Burgundy was used for both top and back of quilt.

Quilted edge to edge with Pro-stitcher pattern Dragonfly Border

A new needle is used for every quilt and for this quilt I used 1 Groz-Beckert 10Nm 100/14 needle. The total time taken on this was 84 hours  12 mins.

In total there were  189514  stitches at  15 stitches per inch for the pattern, which used approximately 2376 meters of thread.


My quilt has arrived safely and I love it. The dragon flies are really effective and the red was a good choice.  I am really pleased thank you very much.    J.

Longarm quilting.

Longarm Quilting at Alan Teather Quilting is done on a HQ Avante machine with a large 12-foot long Studio Frame affectionately called “The Beast”. We pride ourselves on friendly and helpful customer service with attention to detail./ Thus you can be assured of a first-class service with Alan Teather Quilting.

More information.

For more detailed information we would be pleased if you could go to our longarm quilting page.

Cot (upto 40″ x 40″) – £53.20
Small (up to 50″ x 60″) – £97.50
Lap (upto 60″ x 70″) – £125.00
Large Lap (up to 65″ x 80″) – £142.00
Single (up to 70″ x 90″) – £155.00
Large Single (up to 80″ x 95″) – £185.00
Double (up to 90″ x 100″) – £210.00
King Size (up to 95″ x 105″) – £224.00
Large King Size (up to 106″ x 110)” – £246.00

(all above prices approximate)


Binding – Machine Stitched on Top left for you to finish – £1.00 per linear foot plus the cost of fabric.
Machine stitched Top – Handstitched reverse – £2.20 per linear foot plus the cost of fabric.
Custom Binding such as flange/piped – £3.50 per linear foot plus the cost of fabric.
Squaring Top – £5.00
Repairs to Quilt Top – £5.00
Basting – £1.00 per linear ft, a minimum charge of £35.00
Custom Quilting – POA.

(all prices are approximate and subject to change)

It is always better to have a cup of tea and a chat whether in person or over the phone. Thus we can discuss your requirements for longarm quilting furthermore.

Silver dealers.

As silver dealers, Aurfil has said we are sole stockists in the UK and Europe of their Forty3. Aurifil’s Forty3 threads were introduced in 2017. It is a 40wt, 3ply thread made specifically to handle the rigor of today’s high-speed, high-tech Longarm machines.

The versatility and lustrous colour of the original 40wt is still there with the added benefit of extra strength. It is currently available in 68 colours and all in our shop.


As a rule, this thread is perfect for longarm quilting but is also a star for garment sewing, bag-making, and domestic machine sewing. Forty3 cotton threads are also used for Machine Embroidery, Quilting, Thread Painting, Decorative Stitching, Satin Stitching, Decorative Appliqué, Garment Sewing

Needle suggestions from Aurifil.

• 90/14 or 100/16 Topstitching Needle (50wt or 40wt in the bobbin)
• 4.0 or 4.5 Longarm Needle (50wt or 40wt in the bobbin)

68 Colours,  all available in our shop.
3280 yards – 3000 mt


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