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Frequently Asked Questions

What is edge-to-edge quilting?

Edge-to-edge quilting, also known as Pantograph, is a quilting design that covers the entire quilt, regardless of quilt pattern, borders or sashings. The pattern is repeated several times throughout each row. This type of quilting is excellent for quilts that will be used regularly.

Goose Tracks Quilt Block
Who does the actual quilting?

Kathy, Grace and John are all skilled on the use of the machine however John handles the daily quilting process. John is also in charge of the maintenance of the equipment. We just love our Gammill quilting machine, which is guided by the computerized Statler Precision Stitcher, because the quilting is so precise and it has so few problems. We can also create our own quilting designs!

If my quilt has fullness, will it quilt out?

That depends somewhat on the quilting design that you choose. Fullness in a quilt top is best "disguised" by selecting a design that meanders over the whole quilt without crossing back over itself. We will try to minimize the fullness so that your quilt will be as free of puckers, pleats and tucks as your piecing will allow.

Pinwheel Quilt Block What does the quilting charge include?

The quilting charge includes the actual machine quilting only.

Where is Cape Haze Quilting?

Cape Haze Quilting is located in our home, in Holiday, FL. We are just 35 minutes west of downtown Tampa, FL. Whether you live nearby, or just visiting in this beautiful scenic area, call for an appointment to stop in and see us.

What is the largest size quilt that can fit on the machine?

The width of the quilt can't exceed 144 inches, and the length of the quilt is without limit.

How is my quilt attached to the quilting machine?

The backing for your quilt will have a zipper attached to the head and foot ends and will be zipped onto the quilting machine. The quilt top is attached to a zippered leader at the foot end, and basted to a leader at the head end. If your border is pieced , please remember to stay stitch a scant quarter inch around the outer edge to prevent the seams from pulling or stretching.

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How do I contact Cape Haze Quilting?
  • Mailing address:
  • Cape Haze Quilting
  • 12664 Richezza Drive
  • Venice, FL 34293-3348
  • Phone: (941) 244-4541 or use the Contact Us Page
What batting is recommended?

Batting is your personal preference, but for infant and children quilts we recommend using only 100% cotton batting. Polyester is essentially spun plastic and, in case of fire, it will quickly melt and burn the child. Natural batting (cotton, wool, bamboo) will not ignite as easily providing at least some degree of protection. We currently carry Hobbs Blend (80% cotton, 20% poly), and Warm & Natural (100% cotton). Cotton battings "breathe" and are somewhat heavier, while polyester batting is lighter weight and tends to be warmer because it does not "breathe" like cotton.

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What if I have my own batting?

You are welcome to provide your own batting, but please avoid battings with scrim, as they tend to "beard". We also request that you not send "unbonded" battings since they are too fragile to go on a quilting machine.

How much backing and batting should I provide?

If you are providing your own backing or batting, it must be 6-8 inches longer and wider than the quilt top measurements. This allows for a gentle pull on the quilt top which enables the quilt to lie as flat as possible during the quilting process. It is better to have too much backing & batting than not enough. Please have your backing "squared". This means that the head and foot measurements are the same as well as both sides being the same length. Also, remove the selvage edges from your backing as they cause puckering during the quilting process.

What about binding on my quilt?
9 Patch Star Quilt Block

If you would like us to bind your quilt, you must provide adequate material for the binding. (see the chart on the "Finishing Touches" page). We will make 2.25 inch bias binding and attach it according to your instructions on the order form.

What about shipping my quilt?

We ship using Priority Mail through the US Postal Service. The cost is variable depending upon your zip code and the weight of your parcel. The rate we charge includes $200 insurance. For more details on how to ship your quilt see the "Pack and Ship" page.

What type of payment is accepted?

Payments can be made through PayPal, or with a personal check, money order, or bank draft written to Cape Haze Quilting. When we receive your quilt we will send you an e-mail invoice with the actual cost. Included in the e-mail will be a link that will let you make your payment by credit card though PayPal's secure internet site. If you choose not to use any of the methods mentioned above, please contact us to make other arrangements.

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