The suggestion for Day 13 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge is this idea:
Day 13: Process
Every niche or market has its own process.
What process do you do differently
that you can share with your readers?
Well, I’ve already discussed my process of “kreating” my imprinted photos, so this time, I thought I’d briefly discuss and show with pictures the process of how pieces of fabric end up as a completed quilt.
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.
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 I’ve developed bone spurs in my arthritic right thumb. 🙁
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.
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?