Thinking about getting a custom memory quilt? There are several factors that are involved in coming up with an estimate for any quilt, especially a memory quilt.
Design for Quilt Top
From traditional to custom, basic to intricate, your Quilt Top design choice is up to you. This is based on an hourly rate. A good rule of thumb is: The more complex and detailed your quilt top is, the longer it takes to create.
Sewing the pieced quilt top to the back of the quilt. An intricate and necessary aspect of any quilt. Giving a secondary design to your quilt, this can be very specific to non descriptive. Quilting is based on square inch basis.
Covering the raw edges around the outside of your quilt. Once again, a very important part of your quilt. This is based upon square inch, as well. The type of binding that I usually put on quilts is referred to as a “French Binding”. A French Binding is actually a double thickness of fabric. Sewn to the top by machine then wrapped around and sewn by hand to the back. Giving your quilt a strong and finished edge.
Fabrics in Quilt
Quilt Top: This can be most any fabric from clothing to yardage material, personalizing the design you have chosen for your quilt top.
Quilt Back: This is generally and traditionally a cotton fabric that is purchased by the yard. However, it does not have to be. A backing can be of a variety of fabrics, pieced or not. Sometimes even a good quality flat sheet can be used.
This is a material that is placed on the inside of your quilt. It gives your quilt warmth and adds a bit of fluff. There are many different types of batting. Generally, I tend to use a dense, well bonded batting that is 70% cotton and 30% polyester. This is based on the square of a quilt.
All my embroidery work is done by hand, although it’s considered an “extra” for any quilt. Hand Embroidery Work adds a special personalized touch to any quilt. Being able to be placed on the front or the back of any quilt. I highly recommend this, if nothing else to mark the year a quilt is created for future generations.
A sleeve of material running across the top your quilt. Created from the same fabric as what is on the back of your quilt. This lays flat when not in use. However, it allows a dowel to be run through the top back of your quilt. So that your quilt is hung straight. Because the weight of your quilt is distributed evenly when displayed this way, it prevents any damage to the quilt that would be caused by the use of push pins.