How many wedding dress quilts have you made?
As of the end of 2016, I have made 53 wedding dress quilts and 8 pillows.
How is a wedding dress quilt made?
How involved is the client in the design of the dress?
I have a conversation with the client before starting the quilt, to find out what they are envisioning, special requests (color, quilting design) and to finalize details. I don't begin the quilt until the client has approved the design. During the quilt-making process, I verify any design changes, and send pictures.
Do you use anything other than the wedding dress?
What if there isn't' enough fabric in the dress?
What size are the quilts?
Most quilts are approximately 45" x 60", square quilts are approximately 45" x 45" and baby quilts are 36" x 36". Again, it depends on client's preference, fabric in the dress, and the design. Quilts can be square or rectangular.
How do you decide on the size?
How long does it take to make a wedding dress quilt?
Do you remove the trim? Beading?
Do I need to have the dress cleaned?
What if the dress is stained or the hem is dirty?
What about lace?
What about ruffles?
What about chiffon or stretchy material?
Can you make a quilt out of an older dress?
Do you put names and date on the front of the quilt?
Can you incorporate other colors or bridesmaids' dresses?
Yes, I can often use the fabric from the bridesmaids' dresses, or I can get fabric or thread in different colors to use in the quilt.
What kind of batting do you use?
For quilts, I use a wool batting, that is soft, quilts well, and resists creasing. For quilts to be used as wall hangings, I use a cotton/poly batting, which is a little stiffer and hangs flatter.
What backing do you use?
I provide a nice cotton batting, usually white.
What kind of label do you put on the quilt?
I print a specially treated fabric label that is hand sewn on the back of the quilt. The label can have names, date, a picture, invitation, or whatever the client would like.
What do you do with any leftover scraps?
If the client requests, I can return leftovers with the finished quilt. Or, I can use them for baby gowns that I make as a volunteer seamstress for NICU Helping Hands