Question: “How long would you say it takes to make a quilt?”
I’ve been asked that question a zillion times!
Answer: I usually shrug my shoulders, and point to my 10 Year Quilt…well it took 10 years for me to finish that one.
Technically, if I strung all the hours together, it wouldn’t add up to ten years :).
I have no idea what kind of time commitment went into it.
I made that quilt for the pure joy of creating.
There was no need to keep a tally of the hours.
But people still want to know what the time commitment of quilting.
I’m here to tell you –
There is no answer.
The amount of time it takes to create a quilt depends on
A LOT of things.
- Does it depend on the size of the quilt?
- What about the blocks?
A big quilt will take longer than a small quilt.
Not always true.
Miniature quilts can take Longer then there full size counterparts.
Why? Small pieces are more of a challenge to handle.
- Basic Blocks like a Nine Patch are
easy blocks that can create beautiful pieces.
- More complex blocks like a lone star or one with set in piecing will take a bit more time
Appliqued quilts can take more time and patience
These blocks are completed quickly with rotary cutting and quick piecing methods.
(Pattern for this table runner available here)
And there are different techniques to choose from too!
Hand applique: This technique takes more time than machine applique but well worth the effort
Machine Applique: is quicker and gives a nice outline to the shapes.
Machine quilting can be done quickly.
Hand quilting takes time, determination, and perseverance!
- Is it Single or Double fold?
- Is it cut on the grain or on the bias?
- Is it made from “scraps?”
A beginner will take longer to complete a project.
A quilter at any level will take longer to complete a project when learning a new technique.
I believe that you get much more done and accomplished in an organized and clean work space. If you are constantly looking for tools that you’ve misplaced. You’re wasting your quality creative time.
These are just a few things that will decide the amount of time it takes to make a quilt.
- If you want your next quilt done in a jiffy – keep it pretty and simple.
- If you want to do that elaborate quilt – know it will take more than a weekend!
- Keep your skills and limitations in mind – but don’t let your skill set keep you away from that challenging quilt! Just know yourself.
- If you need it done by a certain day – Stay on task
- Don’t worry about how long it takes to make a quilt.
Create your new quilt with joy and have fun.
Every new quilt is a new Learning experience.
Enjoy your quilting Journey! 🙂
Adele, Blogging the Creative Life
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