Efficiency in quilting
If I'm talking about quilting efficiency you know for sure that I'm talking abut veterans quilts. Because when it comes to my own quilts I seem to prefer a more agonized, time-consuming approach. But, my goal with veterans quilts is "volume with quality". I want to get as many done as possible in the shortest time possible. I don't do them sloppy. The tension is good and I do consider the pattern for each quilt. But there are things I can do to be as efficient as possible.
I have 4 that I want to get done by Tuesday and that will get me caught up. I'm sure I'll get more tops at the meeting but, for now, I have only 4.
I finally remembered to take a photo with quilts loaded on the frame to show how I quilt them 2 at a time. The quilts are 48" x 60". We buy wide backing fabric and I cut it in about 70" widths. By loading the quilts along the long (60") edge I can stack 2 on one wide quilt back. In this photo you can see where the first quilt ends and the next begins. It may seem counter productive to bast the quilts but basting really does save a ton of time in the long run. I've tested it so I know.
Our quilt club buys the backing and batting and since I'm the one buying the backing I now only buy white so I can dye the colors I need as I need them. I also get to have a good use for "expired" dyes. The dyes aren't technically expired, but they aren't full strength either so I can't use them for my business. By using them for quilt backs I cut down on waste. I know someone will ask, I get the wide backing fabric at Marshall Dry Goods. It's called Dream Cotton.
I pair the quilts so that I have 2 to go with each backing and I try to use the same color of thread on both quilts.
The second quilt in this set is mostly gray and white but has a red border and I decided to carry the red into the center of the quilt with thread. The red also looks great on the back of the quilt.
I'm using the Burning Bush pantograph and with the quilts being loaded so close together I won't have to break up the last row of the first quilt. I'm going to quilt both as if it's one big quilt. Plus this is a very wide pantograph so there's fewer times to advance and align the quilt.
So, 2 quilts on one back, same thread on both quilts and same wide pantograph on both quilts.
The other reason I picked that particular pantograph is that it will work great on the next 2 quilts too! I think I might get these knocked out by Monday.
Today I'm setting up for another epic ice dyeing session Thursday! It's the prep work that takes the longest.
8/7/2018 07:49:13 pm
If I were longarm quilting I would certainly use the efficiency of this method.
8/7/2018 09:46:36 pm
I'm all over that approach. I've used a variation of it for baby quilts for years.
8/8/2018 06:44:43 am
You can really get a lot of quilting done very quickly! Me using my home machine almost seems like it is as outdated to quilt a quilt as hand quilting! Please post the quilts when they are quilted. They are very good looking quilts!
8/8/2018 08:57:19 am
I do the same. It really saves time not having to do a partial row on the end of one and the beginning of the next, just one complete pass gets both. I like that pantograph! Is it still available? Great use for your leftover dye!! Have fun on dye day - Football tomorrow!!
8/8/2018 11:33:38 am
Yah me, I got my Innova last week, it has been a long time getting a room that it would fit in. So, my question today, and there are many, do you baste the whole quilt before you begin or just as each sections rolls into view. Your shibori is oh so lovely.
Cherie in St Louis
8/8/2018 06:02:48 pm
What do you mean by basting you quilts for longarming? Do you mean you bast down all the edges or more than that? I love your panto.....it's not flowery and perfect for QOV.
Cherie in St Louis
8/9/2018 11:16:14 am
Got it! Thanks for explaining :)
8/10/2018 06:31:37 pm
Perfect quilting pattern that works nicely for whichever gender the quilt might be for. I'm all about efficiency too (want to tell me how to make thousands of French knots in an efficient manner???)
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.