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 and the Luxury Pet Quilt product line.
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 all 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 people quilt as seen on RedFenceQuilting.com. However, on LuxuryPetQuilts.com, a Pet Quilt will consist of the quilt sandwich and a bottom fabric layer.
How do you make a quilt? There are four basic stages of quilt making for a normal people 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
How do I make a Pet Quilt? There are two additonal stages to making a Luxury Pet Quilt.
- Stages of Luxury Pet Quilt Making – Part 1 Quilting, Sewing, and Assembling
- Stages of Luxury Pet Quilt Making – Part 2 Washing, Pictures, Packaging, Shipping
Join me as we explore the world of quilting and making Luxury Pet Quilts!
Have a wonderful day!