It takes my long arm quilter 4 hours or less to get a quilt done. It takes me that long to prepare the binding for a quilt :!: I usually take her 4 or 5 at a time thru the summer in her slow months. She gives me a break on price, I don't rush her to get them done, I tell her to use her own judgement on thread choice and I haven't been disappointed yet. While she's quilting my quilts, I prepare the bindings for all of them, store them in a see thru plastic bin and be ready to apply them when I get my quilts back. That way, I can piece more quilts which is what I like to do best anyway. You might say I'm a piecer, not a quilter!