You have a holiday weekend and what do you do? You QUILT!!
I was just curious, so this past weekend I kept a log. I was interested in seeing just how long it would take to make a Quilt Top. Not just a baby quilt, but a grown-up, adult-size, almost bed-size Quilt.
Now, let’s be honest, this is not a Quilt. It is just the ‘Flimsy” pieced top which will one day become a Quilt. I have the backing. Because of the size of the quilt – 65” x 74.5” I will have to stitch together two pieces of fabric to make the back (you see, fabric comes about 45” wide, although you can find extra wide fabric – but that’s a topic for another blog post.)
Also, before it can become a Quilt, I have to buy some batting. All the quilt batting I have is for baby/children quilts and this is a bit larger. Guess that means I need a road-trip to Purcellville, VA, to visit Web Fabrics and do some shopping!
OK, back to my weekend. To begin with you must have a quilt pattern & fabric. Some people design their own patterns, but I’m guessing that will not be one of my activities. I do fairly well following directions, and am happy when someone else has assembled the fabric/colors. So, I pulled out one of the Scrappy Fat 5 Quilt Bundles that I had recently purchased from Fabric Café – Fabric Bundles (Thanks Donna, you guys have Great Prices, Fabric and Patterns!)
So, Pattern & Fabric in hand, Excel spreadsheet set up, Food for Mel to Grill for meals, and Sewing Studio ready (ok, the Ironing Board, Cutting Table & Sewing Machine/Table were somewhat clean), I set out to make a Quilt Top.
- Sort Fabric
- Iron Fabric
- Cut Fabric
- Sew Cut Fabric into Strip Sets
- Iron Strip Sets
- Cut Strip Sets into Segments/Blocks
- Arrange Segments/Blocks in a pleasing pattern to create Rows
- Sew Segments/Blocks into Rows
- Iron Rows
- Sew Rows together
Do you happen to see a Pattern developing? There is a lot of Ironing & Cutting in addition to the Sewing that makes up creating a Quilt Top!
After the pieced rows are together then you get to (you guessed it!):
- Measure/Iron/Cut/Sew Border #1 pieces
- Sew Border #1 on Left/Right sides
- Sew Border #1 on Top/Bottom
- Measure/Iron/Cut/Sew Border #2 pieces
- Sew Border #2 on Left/Right sides
- Sew Border #2 on Top/Bottom
TaDa!! Four days, 14 hours later, you have a Quilt Top!