Creating a quilt, any quilt, takes time. However, most people do not realize the time involved. Yes, there are some quilt tops that take longer than others. The size and the design usually play into this greatly. Yet, this is only part of the process in creating a quilt.
All quilts have many stages they must go through before they are finished.
Common stages include:
~ Designing the Quilt Top
~ Preparing the material to be put into the Quilt
~ Piecing the Quilt Top
~ Sandwiching the Quilt (The process of preparing the quilt top, backing material and the batting to be quilted.)
~ Quilting the Quilt (Sewing the quilt top to the backing material with the batting in between.)
~ Attaching the Binding to the Quilt (Binding: The material that goes around the outer edge of a quilt, covering up the raw edges.)
Now keep in mind that this list is just the basic stages for any quilt; many quilts have other aspects to them, such as embroidery work and hanging sleeves. Again adding time to the process of creating a quilt.
At Timeless Thread Design, people can expect a four to six week turn around time on most quilts. The first week is spent designing, preparing and piecing the quilt top. After this, the quilt top, backing material and batting (what goes in the middle of the quilt adding warmth and depth) are put in the line-up to be quilted. How busy the person is that does the actual quilting will also dictate the amount of time it takes for the quilted piece to be completed. The average time is two to three weeks. Once the quilt is quilted, within a week it is usually able to have the finishing touches added for a final finished piece.
Thus, it takes some time to create a quilt.