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.


Trip Around the World Quilt I made for a customer.
Trip Around the World Quilt I made for a customer.


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).


My quilt fabric.
My quilt fabric.


Then, if I use imprinted photos (as in this case), I decide on placement (or the customer lets me know).


Imprinted photos for this quilt.
Imprinted photos for this quilt.


Then I cut each fabric strip into the number of squares I need.


Cutting fabric into squares.
Cutting fabric into squares.


Then I stack them up by color.


My stack of squares.
My stack of squares.


Next, I arrange them into the Trip Around the World pattern.


I arrange the fabric and imprinted photos.
I arrange the fabric and imprinted photos.


Then I stack them up by rows and bring them to my sewing machine.


My stacked quilt squares.
My stacked quilt squares.


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.


Backing for my quilt.
Backing for my quilt.


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].

Hand tying my quilt.
Hand tying my quilt.


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.

Collage showing some of the steps in the process.
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

My Bonanza webstore

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?


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. I don’t quilt, and I had never seen a pictorial of the quiltmaking process. It was intriguing and I enjoyed this post. I crochet, and I work a lot with granny squares, which involves both crocheting and hand sewing. But there is no batting or backing.
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  2. I love quilting and have made many different patterns. Each one has different ways of putting them together. I really enjoy seeing how others piece their quilt tops. There is always something to learn!

  3. I always admire folks who do quilting. I love the quilt that you featured with the photos. What a keepsake! The quilting system is amazing, I never knew a machine would make all those designs.
    Still praying for your hand.
    Have a blessed weekend. 🙂
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  4. I used to make patchwork quilts in a similar manner, although I didn’t include the clever pictures you do. It’s an intensely engrossing occupation. Sometimes, my daughters would help to cut out the squares.

  5. My goodness, girl, how do you find the time to blog? Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! And I find your blog very encouraging, too. Well done, Karen!
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  6. I hope you’re feeling much better now after the surgery. Love the quilts! Happy Memorial Day.

  7. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend! I that is such a great quilt. I would love to make something like that one day.
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