Finally Friday – May 22 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Begins – Process of Quilting
Well, it’s finally Friday again, and the beginning of a 3- or 4-day Memorial Day holiday weekend–unofficially, the holiday that ushers in summer! For my hubby, it’s a 4-day weekend, because he gets his 40 hours in with four 10-hour days from Monday to Thursday. So he didn’t have to work today, and Monday will be a paid holiday for him.
It’s weird to think about summer being right around the corner, after having such an abbreviated spring, due to winter’s encroachment with still having snow on the ground in April! But it’s the same process, year after year, with some variation…each season does, eventually, yield to the next. Come to think of it, life itself is a process, or a series of processes, and we have to achieve a certain level of success in each one before moving onto the next.
And since I’m in the midst of a healing process, and my blog is affected by this temporary transition, I think I will share or re-share/revise other older posts (from here and my other blogs) with you. So speaking of processes, let me tell you about my quiltmaking process for today’s post.
My Quiltmaking Process
First, I choose (or a customer chooses) a quilt design. For the purposes of this post, the design is called Trip Around the World, featuring a radiating pattern from the center of the quilt.
Next, based on colors chosen, I purchase fabric (or check my fabric stash) and prepare to cut them into 4 1/2- or 5 1/2-inch strips across the width of the fabric (depending on the size of the quilt).
Then, if I use imprinted photos (as in this case), I decide on placement (or the customer lets me know).
Then I cut each fabric strip into the number of squares I need.
Then I stack them up by color.
Next, I arrange them into the Trip Around the World pattern.
Then I stack them up by rows and bring them to my sewing machine.
After I sew the squares together into rows, I press all the seams, then sew the rows into a quilt top and add the border. Then after measuring the top, I calculate the number of squares I’ll need for the backing and repeat the process I used for making the quilt top. I use larger squares, so I don’t need as many of them.
Finally, I layer the backing wrong side up, the batting, and then the quilt top right side up. I pin all the layers, then hand-tie it using a curved needle and Perle floss. My hubby often helps me do this part, because of the problems and pain in right thumb [hopefully now remedied by the surgery].
Finally, I wrap the backing around to the front, pin it down to form the binding, and sew around the outer edges to catch in the binding.
This is a collage showing some of the steps in the quiltmaking process.
Remember, for other designs and options, you van visit any of my sites:
My main K-Lee’s Kreations online store
My Etsy shop
AND don’t forget the COUPONS!! 😉
Flynn Quilting System
So that’s my standard quiltmaking process, for now, at least. I’m hoping to get my quilting system set up and start using that to finish quilts, instead of hand tying them. This is the system I have, from John Flynn. If you’re interested, check out his video where he shows how to use it (or just skim through it if you want to catch the main idea).
Questions for YOU, Dear Reader
If you don’t quilt, were you aware of all these steps? If you do quilt, is this similar to your quiltmaking process?