Friday, February 10, 2012
Quilt making 101
Once your quilting is done you create a binding strip, machine stitch that on to the edge of the quilt, then trim all of the excess fabric and binding off. The rest of the binding is hand stitched to the back side of the quilt.
Last but not least every quilt should have a label. My quilting teacher taught me this and said it's so that when a quilt you made is on Antiques Roadshow in a hundred years they'll know who made it, what it was called, where it was made and who it was for among other things. I name all of my quilts and add as much information to the label as I can. Sometimes the labels are written with fabric pens but lately I've started embroidering the labels, I like the look better and feel like it'll last longer. Again, a lot more work but it's worth it.
So, if you've ever wondered, each quilt can take many many hours of work and sometimes a pretty hefty chunk of change. A baby quilt might take up to 40 hours, and the quilt I made for my sister a year ago probably took between 100-200 hours, I have no idea. I was delirious by the end of that thing.
All hours and money aside, my quilts are always made with a whole lotta love. They might not be perfect, but the love makes up for it. :)