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Crafting a Quilt

There are a lot of details that go into creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art from strips of fabric and thread.  Keep reading to discover more. 

Once you have a project in mind and have submitted a request, we'll reach out to you to chat.  Now is the time to think about details like size, colors, and specific design.

For a memory quilt, interfacing is added to the back of the fabric to strengthen the material before working with it. Fabric pieces are sized and cut into the proper dimensions. Sometimes this means making hundreds of pieces for just one quilt. 

Some memory quilt colors are so complex that the cut pieces have to be laid out first to visualize the best result. Other quilts are constructed using a pattern.  Most of the patterns are original creations by Lorelai.


The precisely cut fabric shapes are taken to the sewing machine where they are pieced together into rows. Rows are sewn together and then borders are added to complete the quilt top.   


The quilt is pinned onto two opposing
foot long rollers in 3 layers; the backing, the batting, and the quilt top. The rollers are used to display the quilt in sections, producing a taunt surface to work on.  

A longarm quilting machine is mounted on tracks with wheels that allow quilting in all directions.  Designs start with a simple meandering but can progress to a repeating pattern called a pantograph and then more complicated free-motion designs.


The final step takes a strip of fabric and machine sews it to the quilt back. The strip is then folded over the edge and hand sewn down to the quilt top. This is the most time consuming step but makes a beautiful finish. 

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