I am your typical housewife living in high maintenance suburbia. I have a handsome husband, 2 kids and a flock of pet chickens. I try and feed my family with $100 a month. With the help of coupons, gardening and bartering I am able to squeeze the most out of our grocery budget and still manage to have a little fun along the way.
This is a guest post written by my friend Zoë. She makes quilts! Her online store is called Zoë Dawn Quilts. Go check her out!
Hi friends of Mavis!
I recently made a quilt for Mavis and what fun I had! She asked if I could take pictures along the way so if you’ve been curious about the quilt making process, look no further.
First I received a package in the mail. In it were thousands of patches Mavis had cut as well as fabric options for the quilt backing. I love the prints she chose!
First step, after patch cutting, is to arrange the patches. Some quilt designs require all of the patches being arranged on the floor or design wall so you can see the entire design at once.
Mavis wanted the whites and blues to be a random checkerboard so I simply picked and chose blues and whites until I had the appropriate amount in each little pile.
After the rows are all stacked, time to sew! My favorite method for piecing squares is called chain piecing. Can you see the “chains” of patches being made?
Once all of the patches are chain pieced, I can breathe easier because I know the cat won’t snatch a pile of patches and run off with them. This is also one of my favorite quilting “textures”. Chain pieced patches always look so cool to me!
Then it’s time to sew the rows together, matching each corner carefully.
Next it’s time to press the seams. This can be a bit tedious. Some quilters choose to do small amounts as they sew but I prefer turning the iron on once and just getting it done. Less jumping up from the sewing machine that way.
After pressing it’s time to think about the back of the quilt. Often the back is just a single large piece of fabric but Mavis wanted something a little more interesting than that.
Check out what we came up with based on her fabrics. We even snuck in a few leftover patches from the front.
Second to last step is quilting. After the three quilt layers (back, batting, and top) are loaded into the longarm, I can quilt. Mavis chose a wavy line – perfect for her beach theme.
Quilting stitches hold the quilt layers together. It’s done either by hand or like in this case, machine. For the wavy line, I guide the machine over the quilt to create the waves.
When quilting is finished, the quilt edges get trimmed even and then binding is applied. First it’s sewn on the front.
Then the quilt is flipped over and it’s sewn on the back. This finishes off the raw edges so nothing frays as the quilt is used.
And the quilt is finished! Isn’t it beautiful?
Mavis picked out a gorgeous array of blues and teals. The variety of color values helps to give the quilt so much depth. The back is so interesting, too. Just flip the quilt over for a totally new quilt!
Thank you, Mavis, for the honor of completing this project for you!
Note from Mavis: Well done Zoë!!! I love how this quilt turned out. It’s everything I was hoping for and more. 🙂