Sunday, August 6, 2023

Frequently asked questions about our Quilting Service

Frequently Asked Questions

What thread to you we use: Omni here are our most used colors:

How do I order machine quilting? Our minimum charge of $50. Select the size that is close to your quilt. Once we receive it, we'll measure it and get back to you with any additional cost.

Choose your quilt pattern and preferred thread color, ship your quilt and backings to our Muskegon, MI shop with a copy of the order in the box.

What if I measure the quilt wrong? When we get your quilt we'll measure it, and if any corrections are necessary will call you with the changes.

What type of quilting do you offer? We only offer Edge to Edge quilting. If you want each block, border etc.. to be different, that is called custom quilting and we do not do that.

How do I prepare my quilt for shipping? We recommend that you place your quilt top into a plastic bag before you ship it to us, so it is protected on the way. We also suggest that you insure the package when you ship it just to further protect your quilt. Also, do not forget to include your order number and phone number!

How do I ship my quilt to you? Most quilts plus backing will fit in a USPS Priority Mail medium size box. These would cost $13.65. Include order in the box with any other instructions for us.

How do I know when my quilt is mailed back to me? You get an email with tracking number on it.

How much extra backing do I need to send? We need at least 4 inches on each side to be able to sandwich the layers and secure them onto the longarm quilting machine. So, for example, if your quilt measures 60×80 then your backing needs to be at least 68X88.

Do you quilt on Minke, snuggles, or fleece type fabrics? Yes, please make sure the backing is at least 12 inches larger then the quilt.

What do I need to enclose with my quilt? Please include your order number and phone number in case we need to contact you. If possible, you can just print out the confirmation email and include that with your shipment. As long as we have your order number and your phone number, that will work just fine!

Can I choose two different threads? For quality assurance, we always use the same color on the top of the quilt as we do in the bobbin. Using two different colors can sometimes cause tension issues and there is no way to guarantee that only one of the colors will show on each side of the quilt.

Do you have invisible thread? We do not offer invisible thread. We only use high quality Omni thread. We can try and make your thread disappear with the right color thread.

I have a block/border that I do not want to be quilted. Can you cut it out? That's custom quilting and we do not do that.

Can I send in my own batting? No. We use Hobbs 80/20 which is included in the price for quilting services.

I have multiple quilts on my order. Do I need to do anything special when I ship them? Yes, make sure each one has the order attached to it with details of what each quilt and back looks like. We don't want to get them mixed up.

Is the return shipping included in the price? Yes, shipping is included in price.

What is the turnaround time for quilting? We are currently experiencing peak quilting times. Our current turnaround time is an estimated 2 weeks. Timing changes around Christmas time, so please plan accordingly.

I have a label. Will you attach it for me if I send it? No, not at this time.

I want to add prairie points to my quilt. Do I need to do that before it is quilted? We can not stitch around quilts with prairie points. These need to be stitched down and we quilt on them. That also applies to open/pocketed flying geese, flanged borders, ricrac or anything else that is not completely attached to the quilt top.

I want a different thread color than the choices you have listed. Is that an option? Yes, we have a rainbow of thread choices available. So if you choose blue or green, we pull many colors, lay them out on the quilt tops, see what blends best and narrow the choice from there. Unless it is specified that you want your thread to stand out, we will generally try to blend the thread colors to make them the least noticeable as possible. If you have a more specific request, please include that in the comments section with your order.

Do you bind quilts? Yes, we do machine binding .25cents per inch

Friday, November 8, 2019

Snowmen Snow Globe Quilt Kit

Snowmen Snow Globe Quilt Kit
Finished Size: 67 x 67
Available here for $113.95:
Snowmen Snow Globe

Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs makes her Marcus design debut with the SNOWMEN SNOW GLOBE Quilt. It features her 27" center panel (on cotton fabric), a circular snow globe motif, ready for your own embellishment -- embroidery, simple appliqué, beadwork, buttons. The snow globe is bordered with PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: New Blues the quilt. The panel also has three smaller framed scenes and a verse in script that can be cut and pieced as desired in other projects.

"I love the cozy, snuggly feel and homespun look of my Primo Plaid Flannel quilts. Marcus' New Blues palette brings quilters a classic American combination of denim blues, matched with just right shade of white -- not true white, not cream, but the perfect marshmallow ground windowpane design."

Four traditional star blocks surround the center snow globe, giving the quilt a nostalgic look and feel. Quilters create three each of four different star blocks: checkerboard, pinwheel, four-square star and four-patch scrappy stars. With a generous yet manageable size of 67" x 67", the finished quilt is equally welcome for relaxing by the fireplace with a good book and hot cocoa, or simply displayed on a chair or couch back.

Cindy suggests backing the cotton panel with a mid-weight fusible interfacing (or a lightweight batting, solid flannel or an extra layer of cotton), to give it a slightly more stable hand to match the weight of the flannels. She also recommends a variegated thread (specifically Valdani P7 Withered Blue Vintage) to add depth and visual interest.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Quilt Kit Top Santa’s Forest Quilt Christine Quits

Wander through these winter woods and you'll find a Santa or two peeking out from behind a Christmas tree, just waiting to surprise you!
This project requires the Creative Grids 30 Degree Triangle Ruler for best results, sold separately.
Finished size: 59" x 76"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Included in kit
Pattern: Santa's Forest by Christine Quilts
Fabrics: approx 5 3/4 yards for top, borders and binding. We have made NO SUBSTITUTIONS

Not included:
Backing: 3 1/4 yards
Creative Grids 30 deg Ruler

High Lake Michigan Levels!

Interesting data going back to 1960 on Lake Michigan water levels. Hard to imagine that 1986 was even higher than today.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sister of the Dark Quilt Kit on sale!

Quilt Kit: Sale 25% off - Sisters of the Dark featuring the fabric collection De La Luna from Tula Pink!
Was $110 now $82.50
Available here:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

We have a winner! Row X Row 2019

We have a winner! Kathy Hogston, one of our Skillbuilders students, has turned in her Row by Row. Congratulation Kathy, we are so proud of you.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pillowcase Challenge Update September, 2019

We are challenging our readers to make pillowcases for our charities. We have 73 pillow cases so far and really would like to hit our goal of 200! 
It takes twenty minutes to make a pillow case and you can use up that scrap fabric of 27" plus 9" cuff. If you want to add a pop of color, just another 1" strip.
Help us meet our goal!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Outside the Box Quilt Kit!

Do you color outside the box?

These beautiful blue butterflies do. This fabric is Fantasia by Northcott.
"Outside the Box" is designed by Glenda Spencer of Stone Cottage Crafts.
Available here for $29.50-

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Machine Quilting Service - A-mazing quilting

A very nice modern quilt finished for our customer. We are taking quilts with a 2 week turn around @ 2 cents a square inch. Edge to edge quilting with Hobbs 80/20 batting included in the price.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

One of our largest quilts we've quilted!

One of our largest quilts quilted, 104” x 114”. Beautiful!
No photo description available.
Quilted in C1 Swirls.

Machine Quilting Service - Tight waves

Check out our quilting on this quilt! The tight waves works really great for applique quilts!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing
View more of the quilts we quilted here: Facebook - Abbi Mays Quilting Service

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Oh How They Grow!

These cute panels will showcase your infant as they grow. Who does not love all the woodland creatures or butterfly on these panels. This could be used as single panel or could be cut up and sewn into beautiful creations. Let our imagination run wild. Oh How They Grow was designed by Robert Kaufman. This fabric is cut by the panel.
 Panel is 36" x 44"

Available here: Oh How They Grow for $11.70 each
Backing needed: 1 1/2 yard (not included)  We can quilt one for $45.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Quilt Kit Top: Tannenbaum by Laundry Basket Quilts

Finished size: 46" x 64"
Skill Level: Intermediate

This is the perfect holiday quilt and also perfect for a block of the month project and uses "Braveheart" and "Evergreen" Fabric collections by Edyta Sitar for Andover. It will look perfect on the couch alongside your Christmas tree this year!
Included in kit: Pattern: Tannenbaum
Fabrics:1 Fat Eighth Bundle from "Evergreen" fabric collection, 1 Layer Cake from our "Braveheart" fabric Collection, Block Background: 1/2 yard of light fabric (A-9174-GN) Background: 2-1/2 yards of light fabric (A-9183-RL), Applique 1 package of "Silhouettes - Mistletoe" (LBQ-0746-S), Binding: 2/3 yards of red fabric (A-9181-R), We have made NO SUBSTITUTIONS.

Not included:
Backing: 3 yards 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Lighthouse Landscape Class!

Nice work ladies. Dr. Sue held her class on the lighthouse landscape collage. These are the finished pieces.
Look for more classes coming in September and October for fall landscape collages.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Row by Row 2019 West Michigan Collaborative!

Sweet Treats of Western Michigan. Individual rows that make up this quilt.
Here is a picture of the finished collaborative quilt for Sweet Treats of West Michigan. 
The shops participating are:
Abbi Mays Fabric Shop
1500 Whitehall Rd, Suite 1, Muskegon, MI

Fabric Peddler
815 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, MI
Friends Quilting Basket
1001 4th Ave, Suite 2, Lake Odessa, MI
Get Crafty
104 N. Main St, Evart, MI
Gall Sewing
3933 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Savasana Quilts
2211 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Sunrise Fabrics
354 River Street, Manistee, MI
NOTE: the SEW SWEET Row can NOT count towards the 8 rows needed for a winning quilt. Pattern available at any Sweet Treats of West Michigan Shop.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Thank you.

To all of our sons, daughters, dads, moms, relatives and friends who are currently serving or formerly served in our nation's military, thank you.
And thank you son.....Semper Fi

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. -Lee Greenwood

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Riley Blake 2019 Table Runners

Riley Blake Table Runner. These kits by Riley Blake Designs are packaged in a keepsake box and includes fabric for the table runner top, binding and the pattern.
Available here for $39.95 + shipping: Table Runners

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Row X Row 2019 Taste the Experence

Abbi Mays Fabric Shop is located in North Muskegon, Mi.
We have a friendly and very engaging atmosphere.  We encourage our customers to sit by the fireplace and browse our patterns and books, have a cup of coffee and sweets.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ruler Safe

Ruler Safe: $69.95

An extremely light weight, hard sided, foam lined case designed specifically for quilters to hold multiple quilt rulers up to the 8-1/2in x 24-1/2in ruler. Aluminum frame construction keeps the weight down to only 3-1/2 lbs. Can hold up to 10 rulers. When closed, the foam compresses around the rulers to keep them from shifting. 

Perfect for traveling to classes, retreats, sewing with friends, or to keep your rulers organized at the house. Your rulers are an investment, protect them with RulerSafe!
They come in three colors: 

Please call for detail: 2315636861
and shipping cost