Hi there! I have been quilting since the mid-1980's and in 2014 I took a leap of faith and purchased my very first longarm quilting machine and haven’t looked back since! I am also the quilt shop manager for The Dutch Rose Quilt Shop here in Sioux Falls, SD and I LOVE my job there! I quilt our shop samples and provide quilting for many of our customers as well! I love being able to turn your quilt unfinished tops in to quilts that can be used and loved for years to come.
My story begins with my mother, who was an excellent seamstress/crafter/artist turned quilter. Growing up, I watched her always creating…in my eyes, there wasn’t anything she tried that she couldn’t do. She began hand quilting in 1979 when I was in junior high and I was in awe of her planning her quilts out, picking out fabrics and bringing them to life. I was not sure I would ever have the patience to make a quilt but I sure loved using the ones she made! Fast forward a few years to 1987 when she helped me get started on my own quilting journey. I wanted to make a quilt in my spare time as a new wife and mother and after the first one, I was hooked! Countless quilting projects later, it has gone from a hobby to a passion to my business!
Cherry Apple Quilting has a little story behind it’s name. Not long after my husband and I were married, I wanted to make some sort of dessert. Growing up, my mom made THE best pies and that’s what I wanted to make. However, we were a long way from home….soooo I guess it was time I learned how to bake one myself! My favorite kind of pie as a kid was cherry pie, but my husband’s favorite was apple pie. Instead of making one or the other, I combined the two together and a Cherry-Apple pie was created! To this day, I have not made cherry or apple pie alone again. It was the first of many little compromises that set the tone for our marriage. So for me, Cherry Apple Quilting is the perfect name for our wonderful quilting adventure.
If you've read this far, thank you for your interest in our story! I hope I can quilt for you!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Quilts are completed on a first in-first out basis. If you would like me to longarm quilt for you, please feel free to call or email and I will add you to my list. You can also stop in and drop your quilt off at The Dutch Rose Quilt Shop or set up an appointment to meet at my home quilt studio. My turn around time averages about 4-6 weeks at this time. Longarm quilting during graduation and Christmas seasons are busier times, so please check with me if it is getting close to those time frames and I will update you if it is any later than that. If you have a date you need your quilt back by, please let me know so that I can be sure to let you know if I can return it to you within that time frame. I do have a rush fee if you need it back asap.
What I need from you:
**Keep your top and your backing separate.
**Allow a total of 9" of backing fabric larger than the size of your finished quilt. For example if your quilt is 52" x 60" - your backing should measure 61" x 69". If you are unsure of the size you need, please contact me and I can help you determine what to bring me.
**Cut as much of the loose threads off of the back of your quilt as possible. Dark threads show through light fabrics and threads that are gathered together underneath in a nest don't produce nice stitching on the top of your quilt.
**Check for any pins that may have gotten left in while piecing your top together and remove.
**Press your top and backing and if possible bring on a hanger or folded up in a bag. I do hang the quilts once they are in my studio and I do light pressing before they are loaded in to my frame.
**Please refrain from adding any embellishments such as buttons, beads, ric-rac etc...to your quilt top until after it has been quilted.
**Any extra prep or considerable ironing will result in a fee for my time.
I offer computerized Edge to Edge quilting on my Innova AutoPilot Longarms. I have hundreds of patterns to choose from and will do my very best to match your quilt with pattern and scale that compliments your quilt. I have many thread colors to choose from - I use Innovatech threads which are designed for my Innova. It is a polyester thread made to have the look and feel of cotton but glide and stitch very well through the machine. I also have 100% quality cotton longarm thread from Aurifil that I can use if you prefer a cotton only thread.
*Quilting Fee ~ $0.015 Per Square Inch
*Minimum Quilting Fee - $40
*Thread charge ~ $2.50 per bobbin
*Batting ~ I have the following batts on the roll:
*Natures Touch Batting in either 100% Cotton, 80/20 Blend
*Quilters Dream 100% Polyester.
Upon request, I can order Wool and 70/30 Batts as well or Quilters Dream Cotton.
You may bring your own batting IF it is one of the following brands:
Quilter's Dream, Warm & Natural or Pellon's Nature's Touch. From experience, others I have used are spotty and do not provide nice stitches on the quilts.
I use only Quilters Dream Poly for any polyester requests.
Basting service for hand quilting ~ $0.005 per square inch – $35 minimum
Attaching Binding to one side of quilt - .15 cents per linear inch
Quilt back assembly - $10 per seam
Adding Leaders - $5 per leader
RUSH FEE - $40
VISA, MC, AMEX, DISCOVER, CHECKS & CASH ACCEPTED
Gift Cards Available
***No child should go hungry….Please know that 10% of my quilting revenue from each quilt goes toward Feeding South Dakota BackPack program every month
For more information on this cause please visit: Feeding South Dakota BackPack Program
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” ~ Helen Keller
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5309 W. 50th St., Sioux Falls, SD
08:00 am – 08:00 pm