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Commercial Quilters
Rotary Blade Resharpeners

Name: Ann Anderson
Service: commercial quilting
Mail Address: 34 Leroy Place, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Phone Number: 908-741-6347
Charges: full-sized pieced: about $150
cross-stitched/appliqued tops vary
Time Span: full-sized quilt: 8 weeks

Comments: They are associated with the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad Street, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701, phone 908-747-0446. Their group quilts on Tuesdays for about 4 1/2 hours, typically a group of 6 to 8. They don't do binding because that involves machine work. They will turn the backing up over the edge of the top or the top down over the back- ing and sew that down by hand if you want the edge finished that way. I assume that would be an extra charge. Ann prefers machine pieced quilt tops, because the seams are more consistent (in width and/or being pressed to one side). They have a selection of quilting patterns. They've been doing this for years and are currently working on a quilt for someone in Cincinnati, OH. They are presently booked for about the next three months and quilts are done on a first come (or first booked), first quilted basis. The money goes to the church Women's Society for missions. Contact Ann before mailing them your quilt.

Company Name: Country Corners Quilting
Service: commercial quilting
Mail Address: Betty Richards, 189 West 6th Ave, Junction City, Oregon 97448
Phone Number: (503) 998-2289

Comments: I have had excellant service and work on two quilts and I have seen a number of other quilts Betty has done. Machine quilting and custom quilts.

Company Name: Dave's Sharp Shop
Service: rotary blade resharpening
Mail Address: 2200 Stemen Road, Baltimore OHIO 43105
Phone Number: 862-4778
Charges: 75c for the big ones, 50c for the little ones. also sase.

Comments: While I was at the Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, there was a guy named David Green who sharpened rotary blades. He said he would also do it by mail. Send your blades, a SASE for return of them and a check for the full amount. He sharpened several of my bad blades and they were just like new. Also sharpens scissors, lawn mower blades and circular saws. Anything sharp and dangerous.

Name: JoAnn's Machine Quilting
Service: quilting
Address: Rt. 11, Box 499, Brazil, Indiana 47834
Phone Number: (812) 448-3206<

Comments: I have used a lady in INDIANA to machine quilt two quilts for my nephews. I was afraid teenage boys do not have the necessary appreciation for me to hand quilt. She did a beautiful job and was very reasonable.

Company Name: L.P. Sharp
Service: rotary blade resharpening
Mail Address: HC3 Box 48A, Emily, Minnesota 56447
Charges: $2 for one blade, $3 for 2. also sase.

Comments: I have used Mr. Sharp several times to have my blades resharpened and I have had very good luck with him. Just had 4 blades sharpened.

Name: Quilting Bee
Service: commercial quilting
Phone Number: 415-948-8077
Charges: see comments

Comments: See the entry for this shop in the northern California list. The Quilting Bee subcontracts with individuals and wouldn't quote a price with- out seeing the piece, but when I asked for a rough idea they told me about a quilt someone recently brought to them that needed some borders added and quilted. The quoted price was $800. Just for the borders.

Name: Stover Quality Quilting
Service: commercial machine quilting (no hand quilting)
Address: Rt. 3, Box 348, Stover, MO 65078
Phone Number: (314) 377-2303, (800) 521-4171
Cost: 3 "levels of difficulty" for different prices. See comments.
Approx. Turnaround Time: 8 weeks, longer around Christmas

Comments: I've given them quilts with complete instructions, and I've also given them quilts with the instructions to use their best judgement. Both have turned out beautifully. They offer flower garden, custom quilting, and quilting in the seams at varying prices. The owner is happy to send out a price list with a detailed order blank to anyone who calls. I highly recommend their service. Mention QuiltNet when you call, I think he'd get a blast from knowing from where his service was recommended (no discount was mentioned). Will provide batting, backing, thread, and binding if needed. I have contacted and investigated numerous quilting establish- ments, and theirs is the most "costwise" reasonable. How nice it is that they also do such a spectacular job! I even went to see their operation one time. What a neat place, getting to see so many quilts from all over.

Comments: IMHO the BEST machine quilting company in the US.

Comments:I had a poor experience with Quality Quilting. I sent them a quilt top in a geometric design with lots of 1 1/4" squares and strips (the Interlocking Squares quilt from "More Quilts, Quilts, Quilts"). I requested quilting in the ditch (their term - seams quilting) around the pieces with their choice of design in the open areas and border. I agreed to their suggestion of a dacron (polyester) batt. The quilt came back with the geometric design noticably distorted (it was not like that before quilting). The stitching start and end of a design is joined by overlapping the stitching by about 1/2" which is very noticeable on the back. The batt that was used is a fat batt (about 3/4" thick) which I feel is inappropriate for quilting but evidently what they commonly use. There is one area where a VERY noticeable tuck was quilted into the top. There are other minor tucks. They say the borders were too small so they couldn't properly stretch the top and that caused the problems. I think the thickness of the batt contributed. Based on a comment I got back, one minor clarification is needed in the paragraph that I sent you. I said that they said the "borders were too small" (this is in the next to last sentence). I believe the term they actually used was "too tight". The meaning was "too short"; as in, shorter than the edges of the quilt center. (The center was set on the diagonal and the bias edges had stretched a little.)