So here’s a quick list of the things I have been asked over the last 5 years of selling my Quilts online.
in case you’re wondering ~~” How does this work”?
feel free to contact me before hand to discuss size and colors.~~~
Heres The BASICS: ~~~~~~~~~~~
After you make your purchase, I will start with pictures of fabrics, and color choices and your style in mind, we will start to build the collection based on your colors, and fabrics for your Quilt. After we have decided on fabrics and colors and size I can get started on making your Quilt. Nothing happens over night with quilts, and there are always choices and different options that may or may not come up along the way. I am good about discussing your options , showing in pictures if I can. and to let you see the process of Making your Quilt. It’s always fun to share the fun 🙂
I always use 100% Cotton Fabrics, New, Quality Fabrics, and all is pre washed before making your Quilt.I Free Motion Machine Quilt and Machine Bind your quilt,I use 100% Warm and Natural Cotton Backing ( if you’re wanting a different type it can be done, please message me first)
!00% Whole cloth Cotton Backing Fabric. ( in off white, white or hand dyed to match)
The patterns I offer here all have ways of customizing them in Color and Size. But Changing pattern doesnt really work. New Pattern Ideas are always welcome. If you have a picture of something you have in mind, I may be willing to Do it ( if I feel I can) ~ we can discuss and set up a Private Listing.
I pre wash all my fabrics before I make your Quilt, and after I make your Quilt.
My Quilts are made to be used and love in real life. Machine Wash ( in Large washer) with cool water, Mild Soap.
Tumble dry on med heat. Because I will have washed it already for the first time, It wont be scary for you to wash it.
My Turn around time also varies. I will start after we have somewhat decide on fabrics and sizing and colors. But it can Vary on a lot of things. Hand Dyed Items always take longer. I do my quilts in the order they come in, so I basically say 10 to 12 weeks to be safe. Often it is sooner than that 🙂
HOW to Gauge the SIZING for your needs<– important
Step one is to measure how many inches you’re wanting to hang off the edge of your size bed, ~it’s not about the surface measures of your bed, It’s about: how much you want to drape on the side of your bed? to find that, Add the standard surface Length/width measure, to the inches you want to hang off the edge.
Example: On A Queen size bed, the length is 80 inches. You want 10 inches to hang over, *for both sides*, so you add the 20 inches of drape, to the 80 inches surface measure / and you have a measure of 100 inches~ that falls into King Size.
In inches here’ s my measures with the approx. drape added in:
Lap Size~~~~~ approx ~~75 X~85
Over Queen~~~~ up to 96 inches
King~~~~~~` up to 105 inches
I make my quilts by measuring inches, not by a standard “names”~ Please know what you want by taking the time to get those measures from your bed, before ordering. Or message me and I can help you figure out if your unsure 🙂
Noteworthy on ALL my quilts, is if you know your measures, is my sizes are all AFTER washing. I pre wash all your fabrics before I make the quilt, And I will have washed and dried your quilt , That means, You will have no shrinkage after you wash it, and My Lap Sizing is generous.
Sorta like buying pre shrunk Levis, back in the day~ This is my best guarantee that you get the “measure” you have ordered. Size names really mean nothing to me. first thing I will ask is, “whats your measure” haha ~ just sayin 🙂
so for “lap size Quilt” they are on the larger side of most of what I see online.
I would suggest ordering 1 size up from your bed. Especially if your used to buying store-bought bedding/ “bed in a bag”
Its my experience that you can and will lose 5 to 10 inches in shrinkage on any given quilt. So I choose: to use more fabric, and pre shrink it first. Then it will be the right size. That is ~some ~of what is built into my pricing.
I am a free form, Free Motion Quilter. all that means is Im free style, it’s not computerized. Im more Organic. I use a long arm machine to do all the finishing myself. I use Quality Thread and can and will quilt it in several designs or motifs we may decide on.
My Basic Stippling, Meandering stitch gives great texture, and with Med Density, so its quilted more than most quilts I see online. It is truly what I feel is the best part and is more of why my price structure here is what it is. To pay someone to quilt these big quilts starting rate 400.00 and up. Custom Quilting Prices starting MUCH higher than that. And just for the quilting/finishing.
I don’t need to pay for someone to do that. I do it all myself from start to finish . And I pride myself in quality professional level work. Please refer to any of my links to see close-ups of my quilting. 🙂
Answers to Things I have been asked , and Problematic things I have had to learn along my journey~
~No, I do not discount if you want to buy the fabrics to make into your quilt. My price covers the whole process of making a quilt, including the fabrics. Sending me the fabrics, warrants no “discount”, ~ the physical work of making the quilt is always the same. It doesn’t save me “work” like some might think. In fact the 2 times I have agreed to this it was problematic, and cost me more time.
~No, I do not discount based on you supplying any of the supplies. If you have a special sentimental Fabric you would like to include in the quilt that’s fine, ( and not what I’m referring to here) ~ The work of ” Making the Quilt” is the same. No matter how or who the materials come from. I base my prices starting with how much work it is
I make Beautiful Keepsake Quilts with quality fabrics and notions, Quilts that are meant to be used and loved in a~ real life way. Do they last forever? They can as long as cared for properly. You should never Dry clean one of my quilts. That process is not good for the thread. Do people love them even more the longer they have them? YES> Quilts are one of those things that people have everyday in their lives for a long time. And they cherish and edear as time goes by. My Quilts are machine washable (in a big enough washer), cool water mild soap. Tumbled Dry on med. to low heat. Simple care instructions can make your quilt be around for your next generations.
Anyhoo, thats a bit about how my process works.
I am happy to answer any questions, or clear any confusion I may have caused>< 🙂
So Today Im busy doing the Border Blocks, For My Primary Star Colored Quilt. This one is a commissioned Piece, so they choose the colors, and the pattern~ Then I took it form there. Its a Sharp and striking combo. Bold and contrasting with the white.
Although It wouldnt be the colors I like in my home, I can vision this in many color ways. If you changed the white to Gray and added teal cool tones, or rustic home colors with off white all would be amazing . I have a smaller one, I started with, its with mixed colors with Gray, <– link to it
I struggle with the so many ideas, and not enough time to implement them all.. LOL BUT this Pattern could look soft and warm feeling too if you were to change to a softer array of colors.
So I have this going on today, 2 King size cases, for 2 orders ~;)
ones is hand dyed burnt orange, to go with the Orange Crush Quilt I made for her last year it looks like this :
and also geometric one just for fun weeeeee! Changing threads for this type of Custom Quilting can be tricky, I try to work more than 1 Case at a time. Threading and re threading a big machine many times over~~ I’ve timed myself ( under 35 seconds) , Im not saying I would break world records on threading that big boy, but I could hold my own in a race~… LOL seriously thats what makes these Pillow Cover so amazing is the color in the thread, which doesn’t always show in pics. Any hooo Sew Ya Later~ <3
So far I have tried 2 Color ways in this quilt. Fall colors, in Queen, which is a finished quilt.
This min is getting some bubbles on it 🙂
Im doing the free motion quilting on it today. it’s looking so cute. Doing what I call moon walk, cause the roundness of the circles remind me of the moon’s surface.
The fall colored Quilt is quilted with a denser meander and straight lines through the stars. It’s a nice textile feel and will be around a long time. for now im back to quilting the pink and blue cutie 🙂 will post back finished pics 🙂
This pink and Blue one has fewer blocks because I did a pieced sashing in between them, so they can show the difference in how they can be ordered 🙂 Blog on ” How Placing an Order Works here”
I made the Lap Size Quilt one as my test run, its super cute, with Custom Quilting. Perfect for a Baby or young child. The quilting is sharp might look great in a sun room, or somewhere you want a pop of color.
Quilts are a great way to decorate a room, or as a focal point.
With this Quilt its going to be King Size Quilt, so I have a lot of work to do yet before I can even get to the quilting part. My favorite part… :)))
his Is a really sharp pattern with the basic primary colors I am a ways from a finished but this is a big day in my world.
I have done this one in several variations, Its a fun scrappy Quilt Pattern.
Anyhooooooo , Im back to work Everyone have a great day!
So Im back today and I have 1 whole piece for the center. Now I have some great pictures of how this pattern looks larger. Its a fun bright color way!
So Im still having trouble with a few things in the site. Cant seem to display the separate categories I have labeled all my products, so I could have direct link to the “finished quilt ” section. I had it yesterday, today its not there… hahaha maybe something I did~I dunno. menus and categories arent playing well together~~:)
So Im moving on~~ and starting to build up something in this blog to enjoy. and sharing one of my favorite Hand Dying experiences for a quilt. Orange Crush. I made so many different shades and they all worked together so well. I never knew I could like orange so well. 🙂 anyhoo~ Back to sewing!
I’m in the process of transferring my Quilt business to here on my own site. I’m pretty excited about it.
My full Store on Etsy is there too if you would like to see my reviews and other listings.
My Etsy Store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltsByTaylor
I’m just starting up this site, I’m having to learn a bunch of stuff that’s not sewing…. I’m struggling.. haha 🙂
But Its moving along pretty well for a newbie to web design. It can only get better right? 🙂
If you have ordered quilts from me before you may find your quilt in here somewhere on display.
As I make this site, I realize how MANY quilts I have made over the years. And thought how great would it be to have all my quilts on display at once together?? wow, that would be amazing. But… my quilts are all over the world. Last year alone I made 32 quilts.
I hope you enjoy looking around at my site so far, and seeing the art of my craft. and see the love put into my pieces.
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