Putting it together

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The back or my quilt is sewn together. Next I’ll put the front of the quilt face down on the backing.

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Then I’ll trim them so they’re the same size and place the batting on top of them.

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Now I’ll pin all three pieces together and sew…..

8 thoughts on “Putting it together

  1. Maria, I find it interesting that you’ve shown your process in photos on your site and am trying to figure out the next step in your process. When you place your quilt top, face down on your backing and place the batting on top, do you turn it inside out then, making an envelope so to speak, of it; then machine quilt it?

    My sewing machine and I are on a guardedly friendly basis. I use it for sewing long seams together on my quilts and I use it frequently for my wearables but otherwise, I am hand-quilter. When I put a quilt together, I would lay my backing on the floor as you do, right side to the floor, raw-seamed side up, lay the batting over top of this then place the top onto those two layers, seams (the backside of the quilt) next to the batting. I would then baste all three layers together, then put the quilt into the quilting frame and hand quilt it. I’m assuming most of your work is by machine.

    I envy those who are comfortable with machine sewing because it can produce, through free-motion work, some very beautiful effects. I’ve wrestled with my inability to feel comfortable with the sewing machine and finally have accepted that it’s not for me or I would make an effort to learn more about it and work with it. It’s one of those things that I’m disappointed in myself about in not being willing to learn how to use the machine effectively because of the scope it would offer me creatively. But then, it wouldn’t be me. Such a conflict.
    Can you continue to describe your process.
    SandyP in Canada

    1. Sandy, I don’t quilt my quilts, I tack them with yarn. I wouldn’t be able to fit a quilt under the arm of my machine. After sewing it together and leaving a small opening to turn it inside in, I hand stitch the opening closed and hang it up and put the yarn through with a needle and tie it. How nice that you hand stitch your quilts. Most people wouldn’t spend the time.

  2. Maria, I can’t hand-quilt my quilts any longer. I have someone do this for me and of course, it is not inexpensive either but worth it to me. My hands are distorted now due to a chemical exposure I had ten years ago, however, I do sew the quilts by hand…it’s sometimes hard to hold needles and pins but I can manage well enough to continue my work. I can hand-quilt small items by holding them in my hand without a frame and I actually do more clothing now, which, because it is submitted to a quilt exhibit, must have some quilting on it somewhere.

    Thanks for explaining your process. I felt you made an envelope of the quilt but since you do such wonderful work with your potholders and pillows with machinework, I wondered if you carried this forward into your quilts. It’s fun to see your work up on the site.
    Cheerio,
    SandyP in Canada

  3. This is so exciting watching the progress you have made on this quilt for my husband Mark! He has relinquished our other quilt because I have been buried under it for four days now with a monster flu. Paulie, the bull terrier is not liking thr lightweight throw and will be happier with the new substantial one. What a fine and dedicated artist you are!

  4. Lovely to see this process ~ older quilts were tacked with yarn ties and they work just fine! And hand stitching is a wonderful old fashioned method of creating a project. It makes it more original and more of a keepsake. Just like a hand written thank you note or Christmas card, versus email …. the old ways are disappearing and it’s nice that some of them are still used. I learned how to knit over the last couple of years, small items (I’d never finish a sweater!) and even my daughter will wear a pair of mittens her mother hand made for her!

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