I’m crazy about this top, quilt top that is.
I’ve got what I estimate to be between 60 and 70 hours and about $20 in this quilt top. Since I used scraps for all the blocks, the only fabric I had to purchase was for the sashing.
I’m trying to decide how to explain how happy I am with how this quilt top turned out, but the only thing that comes to mind is a phrase my college roommate Toni used to say: Sweet Action House! I’m still not sure what the reference to that statement is, but we did use it to describe totally awesome things.
Mostly, I feel like this quilt turned out much better than I ever envisioned it. The only bad thing about this quilt, the quilting part. None of the local quilters I know about can get to it for at least 8 months, and they all told me it would probably be closer to 12. That means that I have to wait another year before I get to use it. On top of that, all the quilters that come highly recommended charge around 3 cents/inch, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but then it is when you add up how many square inches are in this quilt. I’ve been given estimates of $250-$275. I did find a quilter who was willing to do a rush a job on it, but that would probably run me another $1o0 on top of the cost of the quilting.
That means that with about $25 in batting + $60 in backing fabric (that stuff is expensive) + $250 in quilting + $20 in sashing fabric makes for a total of around $355, and one very expensive project. It makes the cost of those long arm quilters they sell seem like a lot less. Of course, what really needs to happen is that I need to learn to quilt by hand and do it myself.
If you make quilts, do you do your own quilting or pay someone else to do the quilting?