Treading softly into new territory...quilting?

I discovered in an old fashioned cedar armoire about 10 different quilt tops already sewn together by my mothers deceased biological mother (she was adopted) hanging on worn out hangers and still in good condition (moths never got to them) theyve probably been sitting there about 10-15 question is...I kinda would like to finally make them into actual quilts...anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find information on putting these together? I know about making the back, and the batting and the all important basting...but actually SEWING the quilt into those cute stitch patterns you see all over the place...I have a sewing machine...just was wondering if anyone has any info on where I could go online to figure out how this is done...Im not in any big hurry...just kind of a project im wanting to start...any help would be appreciated!


AKQGuy's picture

Sorry, I have no idea, but wish you luck. Hope you enjoy sewing much much more than I myself do. I think to be able to finish this project is a wonderful idea.

ronhuber's picture

There are people who will quilt them for you. In Canada where I am from you can take them to Church groups who do it by hand to raise money for the individual churches. As well, there are individuals who quilt on special sewing machines that have a very long arm. But..... why not do it yourself. You will need pieces of 1x3 to make frame. The quilt after it has been basted is tacked onto the frame and then one long end can be rolled up to leave only a foot and a half free to quilt. Shorter pieces of lx3 are clamped onto the longer ones to keep the material taut. The frame can be rested on chairs and with one hand above in which you have the needle and special quilting thread and one hand below to guide the stitches you "quilt". Invite frineds over for a "bee" and you will surprised how fast it will go. You can also buy huge hoops in which you quilt small sections at a time.

Jerome's picture

My Grandmother quilted. What a wonderful find, hand made tops! Ron's information is very good. I would recomend hand quilting. Machine quilting is fine but if you have a hand pieced top I would go wit hand quilting. The hard thing is getting your stiches small enough. I would recomend practice on a small sample prior to working on the original tops. Perhaps you can find a quilter to show you the rops.

Good luck!

Bill's picture

I have to agree about the hand quilting...if you have heirloom quality tops...
There are tons of quilting mgazines, books and on line groups.
This is an excellent catalog.

TinkerJones's picture

What a fantastic find! I agree that hand quilting would be best for hand-pieced tops, but if they're pieced together by machine, it would be much easier and quicker to machine quilt them. As far as I know, this can't be accomplished by a simple sewing machine, unless you have a quilting arm attachment that allows large amounts of bulky fabric to move in all directions under the needle. I have no idea how much those will set you back. You might have a friend who has one collecting dust. The hems can be done on a normal sewing machine.

MitchPR08's picture

Thanks everyone!! I actually discovered a quilt shop today near my house and looked them up online. Theyll quilt your already assembled tops for $1.50 per sq inch...that may be the way to go since the last thing I need is another hobby!!! Im already a knitter, spinner and weaver!!