Many people wonder why homemade quilts cost so much.
Homemade quilts just don’t materialize out of thin air, they are thoughtfully planned and meticulously created. Many steps are involved before the quilt is returned to you.
First a quilt pattern is chosen.
Once the design is chosen, fabric selection for the top begins. Depending on the size of the quilt, fabric requirements can range from 4 to 16 yards. The average cost of quilt quality fabric is somewhere in the range of $10 to $18 per yard.
Next comes the preparation of the fabric. The fabric is washed, dried and ironed to ensure that excess dye is removed and any shrinkage occurs before the cutting begins. This process could take 2-4 hours, again depending upon the quantity of fabric needed.
Then the fabric is cut according to the selected pattern. The complexity of the pattern can drastically affect the amount of time needed to cut all of the pieces. The number of pieces per block can range from a single piece to upwards of 30 pieces. The time needed for this step can be as little as an hour to ten hours.
Once the pattern pieces have been cut, now the sewing begins. Each block is sewn together and pressed. This time commitment can range from a couple of hours to several tens of hours. When all of the blocks have been created and pressed, it's time to sew them together. A final pressing is done and the top is checked for loose threads or seams.
Next a backing fabric is chosen. Again, depending on the size of the quilt, the fabric requirement could be from two to nine yards at approximately $11 per yard, or 3.5 yards of wide backing at approximately $20 per yard.
In addition to the quilt top and the backing fabric, there are several choices of batting. There is cotton, polyester or a cotton/poly blend. Each can cost between $7 and $15 per yard
Thread is another consideration. Thread can cost from $5 to $18 per spool.
Now we can begin to discuss the quilting design. Do you want a simple design, or something more complex? How about custom quilting?
Once the design has been decided, the quilt, batting and backing are loaded on the quilt frame and the quilting process begins. The quilting process can take between 4 hours and 80 hours, again depending on the complexity of the designs.
Next we come to the binding. The bind is created, attached and hand sewn to the back of the quilt. The binding process can take 1 to 2 hours to make the binding and 4 to 6 hours to sew the bind in place.
The quilt is now finished and can be returned to you, so that you and your family can enjoy it for generations to come.