Friday, July 17, 2009

String Quilt

For those of you that like to use up scraps making string quilts here is a picture of one I quilted this week for a customer. I loved the yellow Carol used to set off the string pinwheels.

It has been one of those crazy weeks. Arn't things suppose to be slower in the summer!!! I keep asking myself that anyway. I had a couple of rush quilting jobs (large quilts) that I did manage to get done along with a couple of other projects, tried to do a few things around the house and have been taking my daughter to life guarding classes once or twice a day.

After all that was done I didn't have the time or energy to work on any of my projects until last night when I finally put the binding on a runner that I had quilted more than a week ago and got the border on another runner. It felt good to sit down and sew for awhile, standing at the frame can get tiring after awhile.

A customer asked me if it took 3 or 4 hours to quilt a quilt on the longarm? I knew it was substantially longer than that but decided to keep track of every minute that I put into the next quilt I did. The quilt I finished yesterday was 90 x 96 inches, it was made mostly out of panels so very few seams involved. Between loading the quilt, winding bobbins, quilting, unloading, trimming, invoicing etc. it took me about 7 hours to do the quilt. Of course this varies greatly with what kind of quilting it being done, the shape the quilt top is in (is there tons of seams so you need to go slower), if there is any problem loading the backing (not square) etc.



Suz said...

Great new way of looking at strings! Thanks for sharing this one.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting on Heartstrings. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your quilt pictures. I am in charge of community service projects for our quilt group and your pictures are truly better than words!