I do not and will not choose a quilting pattern for anyone. It is not a service I provide. I'll give a thumbs up or down on your pick, discuss, suggest/offer options, educate, call, email ... but never decide. It is bad business. The same goes for thread & density.
I will share all I know & answer any questions after which you will know as much as I do. I understand it is a bit scary. It is for me too & I often run my ideas by others. You are not my customer but my partner when it comes to your quilt.
When needed, I do try to give you--and me quite frankly--the best idea possible of how a particular pattern will look on your quilt. The BLOG has numerous examples of this. Often I will sketch a quilt to size in Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7), program the pattern into Intelliquilter (IQ) and then overlay the pattern on the quilt rendition. It is a lot of work that I really enjoy doing. If I can't do all that for a particular quilt, I will do the best I can.
Read these PREPARATION instructions: Squaring the quilt back is your job, not mine. It must be square to load and quilt correctly. Pressing the seams flat is your job, not mine. My job is to remove the inevitable creases due to folding & shipping so the quilt will load flat & stitch without avoidable puckers. These are time consuming but necessary jobs--your jobs--that someone must do. I would hate to have to start returning quilts that are not properly prepared or to start charging for these services but am strongly considering it. Or I could charge a surcharge & then issue a refund to those who properly prepare their quilts. You would hate it if I quilted what too many of you send the way you do. More & more often it is taking me a whole day just to prepare a quilt for proper loading. That is not fair to me. That is not fair to anyone waiting in the queue for their quilt to be done.
Please If your borders do not lay flat, fix them before you send them to me. They must lay flat to make a nice quilted product. Usually this will mean removing them and smoothing out any puckers or gathers. If I have to do this, I am going to charge $50. Otherwise, I will have to take ugly tucks to flatten the border in order to quilt it. Yuck!
Surely you realize that the time I spend blogging, emailing, photographing, overlaying, preparing quilts for loading, etc. are free services to you. I love doing it. I love quilting. However, frankly, I am often tempted to give up quilting for others because so many abuse my services. Be kind to your longarmer. Do your part & let's enjoy making beautiful quilts together. I need you as much as you need me. Thanks for reading my rant.
Oh, one more thing. When your quilt is top in the queue, be as available as you can via email or phone in case I have any critical questions. And check your post often as I post progress notes and photos.
Now breathe & laugh out loud. I am. I realize we all have better intentions than we live up to. Unintended "Oops" are allowed. I sure make them frequently. Gone quilting!