Are they backed?
No, they are not backed. This is for a few reasons.
- The time and material would make them cost prohibitive to a lot of people.
- They really are NOT comfy (think of an outdoor flag or sail) so not something you want to cuddle with.
- You cannot wash them so it’s best to keep them away from where they could have things spilled on them or pets on them. They look great hanging on a wall!
How long do they take?
The quilt "gets in line" when the ribbons arrive at my house, so I make the quilts in the order that they arrive. On average they take about 2-3 weeks from when I start them. Some are bigger projects and take awhile and some fall together much more quickly. Keep in mind that I also have a full time job, a house to keep up and a horse that I take away to shows about once a month. I regret to keep people waiting and I do try to get them out as quickly as possible.
Can I transfer a photo onto one of the ribbon squares?
A lot of the quilts I make are in honor of a special horse or dog and the owner wants to show a picture of the animal. The quilts are quite busy on their own and a photo would be lost. My suggestion is to hang a nicely matted and framed photo right NEXT to the quilt. This way they complement each other. I have also used unprinted ribbons in the bottom section and had them professionally embroidered with something like:
In memory of
Do I need to wash and iron them before sending them?
If they are dirty and you want them used I would try to clean them as best you can. I do not wash them on my end. I do iron them, though, so that is not necessary for you to do. I do appreciate it if the ribbons are shipped free of dust and cobwebs.