Today I'd like to show you the quilt I made for Amy and Dave's wedding gift. You may remember I showed the beginning part of it last month. I ended up finishing it at the local quilt shop, which, on occasion, I would highly recommend. For one thing it's just fun to sew with other people sometimes, but I was creating it as I went so I got to keep going out to the sales floor and holding different bolts up against what I'd put together so far. I ended up using four different fabric lines (all from Moda) and I think it looks more interesting than if I'd used ALL MoMoWonderland (the line I started out with.)
This was the first time ever, in 35 years of making quilts, that I paid full retail for all the fabric and then paid someone to professionally quilt it. Typically I buy clearance or make scrap quilts or TRY to quilt it myself. As a result, the final price of the finished product came as somewhat of a shock even to me. I know it can be considered crass to talk about $$, but for the edification of non quilters and the validation of quilters, I'm going to pass the info along here. To begin with, new retail quilting fabric is currently $9.50/yd. Add local sales tax and we'll round that figure to $10/yd. So I started out with a layer cake ($30) and three yards of fabric. That was $60. Then I took it to Scottie Dog Quilts for that sewing day I mentioned above and started building my borders. Five more yards brought the total to $110. Then I had to buy 5.5 yards for the backing (I pieced in some leftovers from the front). Which brought the fabric total to $165. Then I took it to Angie to work her magic with the longarm quilting machine. She totally rocked it, but not without a price: $190 including batting. So that's $355 for a queen sized quilt. And no compensation to me for labor. Like I said, it came as a shock even to me. It's no wonder I'd rather give them to someone I love than try to sell them!
I know I said "a picture a day" but I had to show you another view that illustrates Angie's incredible work. You may be tempted to believe that she follows a pattern (pantograph quilting) but I've watched her work numerous times and this is all free hand. She plugs her headphones into the TVLand channel, with old black and white reruns of Andy Griffith and Petticoat Junction playing above the quilting machine, and just starts moving along. No drawing. No measuring. It just....pours out of her somehow. Her machine doesn't even have a stitch regulator! She really is incredible. I'm picking up another one from her today. I'll be back with a pic of it and the Lesson Learned story behind it tomorrow. :-)