What Goes Into a Quilt?
Throw a stack of material together with a few seams, put it on a machine, and there you go, a nice new quilt. How much effort is that? Okay, shamefully, that is what I thought when I was younger. I really did not appreciate the true value of the quilt until later in life, with one exception, my grandmother’s quilt.
Somewhere in my young mind, I did understand that this quilt was special. I didn’t want anything to happen to it. I kept it in a plastic bag with a zipper and never touched it. It moved over 17 times from each apartment/house, throughout the years.
When I started quilting, I started with an old unfinished hand sewn quilt of my grandmother’s. After getting achy hands and pokes in my fingers, I realized that hand quilting was an incredible gift in unmeasurable value. As I sewed, I felt so inept. I asked myself. How did women make such beautiful quilts and not have their fingers feel like they were falling off? I still do not have an answer for that question. But, what I have come to know and appreciate is the amount of work that each quilt takes.
I really wanted to learn how to quilt. They were so beautiful, but I didn’t like the needle pokes. I discovered machine quilting through a wonderful quilting class/group at our church. It took one quilt and I found that I enjoyed quilting. Then, I stumbled upon Free Motion Quilting, a way to add the quilted thread layer to the quilt. That was a light bulb moment, that led to the creation of Red Fence Quilting.
So What is a Quilt?
A quilt is an assembly of a top layer, batting, then a bottom layer of supposedly fabric. Recently, I was at a quilt show where other materials such as leather and metal were used in a quilt. In the case of Red Fence Quilting LLC quilted products, it will consist of a top fabric layer, cotton batting, and a bottom fabric layer. A common name for this assembly is a quilt sandwich. This construction is typical of a quilt as seen on RedFenceQuilting.com.
How do you make a quilt? We are going to explore quilt making in the next few posts. There are four basic stages of quilt making for a quilt.
- Stages of Quilt Making – Part 1 The Quilt Sandwich Design
- Stages of Quilt Making – Part 2 The Quilting
- Stages of Quilt Making – Part 3 The Finishing
- Stages of Quilt Making – Part 4 – The Finished Product
Join me as we explore the world of quilting!
Have a wonderful day!
****This is a Fall Colors Quilt is based on the Arrowhead quilt design by Anita Grossman Solomon and available by Quiltmaker. This quilt started as a quilt group project.
**Post was written by Laura Ferrer and first posted 4/2017 on LuxuryPetQuilts.com. It has been moved and updated and republished on RedFenceQuilting.com