About Always Quilting

Always Quilting is no longer taking bookings for quilting

What  Always  Quilting  a Machine Quilter can do for You ….

I quilt for other people and specialise in offering a comprehensive professional machine quilting service to help you turn your patchwork tops into beautiful finished quilts. 

A lovely patchwork design beautifully complimented with the use of a feather motif & border design

This means that you no longer need to pin or baste your quilt and can choose from a wide range of services including –

  • a machine basting service for hand quilters.
  • edge to edge continuous line designs.
  • a variety of meandering styles
  • ditch stitching, cross hatching and outlining.
  •  motifs & feathers.
  •  circles, echo quilting & baptist fans.
  •  custom designs to complement individual patchwork.
  •  separate borders.

Plus the following sewing services

  •  patchwork top finishing service to add borders or other sewing, required to finish the patchwork top
  •  making and applying bindings once the quilting is completed
  •  adding rod pockets to allow the finished quilt to be hung

 The Back Story ….

For many years it had been my dream to be “Always Quilting”. Now that I have achieved my dream I am pleased to be able to help you achieve your dream to finish your UFOs.

After a life time of dressmaking, I started machine piecing & quilting in 1991 while living in outback Australia, 260 kilometres from the nearest fabric shop. The opportunity to turn a hobby into a career came when my husband’s job caused us to move to Melbourne.

I  started my business in January 1999, when I ordered my hand guided Gammill Classic quilting machine.  “Matilda” arrived in March and I spent several months on self training before commencing to work on other people’s quilts in June 1999.

My Gammill Classic Quilting machine

In 2006 I upgraded the quilting machine with the addition of an Intelli-Stitch stitch regulation system.

In July 2007 I added an IntelliQuilter computerised robotic control to my machine. This computerised system means that I no longer have to hand guide the machine for every design as I can now program the computer to operate the machine to complete the stitching.  However it does not mean that the human element is missing from the quilting as, like any computer, IntelliQuilter is only as “clever” as the instructions it is given by the operator.

Adding the IntelliQuilter, robotic control, to the quilting machine was a wonderful assistance to my back.

Over the years, I have continued my training by attending classes at:

  •  The inaugural Australasian Quilting Machine Conference, Sydney, Australia.  June 1999
  •  Introductory Workshop with Marilyn Badger, Melbourne, Australia. January 2000
  •  Advanced Workshop with Marilyn Badger, Melbourne, Australia. January 2000
  •  Machine Quilter’s Showcase, Springfield Illinois, USA. May 2000
  •  Australasian Quilting Machine Conference, Penrith, Australia. July 2001
  •  Australasian Quilting Machine Conference, Mittagong, Australia. June 2003
  •  New Zealand Machine Quilting Conference, Cambridge, NZ. Sept 2006
  •  Inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival in Adelaide, Australia October 2010

I have also attended the following Conferences as a guest tutor:

  •  Australasian Quilting Machine Conference, Mittagong, Australia. June 2003
  •  New Zealand Machine Quilting Conference, Cambridge, NZ. May 2008
  •  Inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival in Adelaide, Australia October 2010

Each piece of patchwork that is entrusted to me for completion is stitched with the same care that I would give to my own work and  I like to take the time to discuss with each client the quilting options for their quilt, so that they can choose the quilting style that they prefer.

For those clients who are unable to deliver their quilts in person I  am always happy to discuss quilting styles by telephone and follow up with design samples, quilting plans and written quotes.

By the end of 2001 the business had overflowed throughout the house and I decided that it was time to reclaim our home. I was very fortunate to find a light airy “shop” space quite soon after I had made the decision to move.

 

 

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