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Thread: How much time do you spend piecing a quilt?

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    Super Member bamamama's Avatar
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    I started piecing Bonnie Hunter's "Spiderweb" yesterday in an effort to use up scraps. Theres no thought, not alot of precision cutting just PP'ing strips and after 2 FULL days of working non stop I only have enough blocks for a lap quilt.
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    Some patterns take time even when they appear to be easy. It's gonna be beautiful when you get it done.

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    I am not a fan of scrap quilts for just that reason. Seems like a lot of time is spent "getting it all together". Different than when I have specific fabrics and a pattern to cut.

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    piecing is not my fav. Seems like it takes forever, but when it all comes together and you can finally sew the blocks. it is so worth it.

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    And how fabulous that you didn't use white for the stars. Is that black or dark brown? It's very striking, and the blocks look great - a nice change from the same old, same old.

    You've got a nice pile of triangles piled up. What's wrong with a lap quilt? And really wide borders are a great look (and quickly enlarge the size of the quilt). :wink:

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    PP for me takes a long time. But sometimes it's just the best way to go.

    Depends on the pattern you're making usually. For me, I can make 12/15 Churn Dash blocks in about 2 hours from cutting to sewing and final pressing.

    Others, like Snails Trail take longer.

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    I am doing what I thought would be a fairly fast quilt top, a t-shirt quilt. Boy was I wrong. I have several LONG days in it already, and had help that whole time from my quilting buddy. So, I can definitely relate to the whole "this is taking way longer than I thought it would" feeling. But, like CloverPatch says, it is so worth it when it is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    I started piecing Bonnie Hunter's "Spiderweb" yesterday in an effort to use up scraps. Theres no thought, not alot of precision cutting just PP'ing strips and after 2 FULL days of working non stop I only have enough blocks for a lap quilt.
    That's a great pattern/stash buster. Yes, using the stash like that is a huge pain. I don't. I use Bonnie's OTHER idea and make my spiderweb's and other piece/stash intensive quilts by using them as leaders/enders or place holders while chain sewing a quilt kit or something.

    Only problem is... I've been so successful and using the stash buster pieces as leaders/enders... that I now have two quilts all ready to have the blocks sew and sashed/bordered and finished. So that's two sets of queen sized quilt blocks all done at the same time! Yipes. But it went sew fast, I didn't even realize how much I got done, with less frustration!

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    For a new pattern, I make one block and from that I can figure out how to make the remaining blocks, hopefully the fastest way possible. Because scrappy quilts are my favorite I usually decide which colors I'll be using and how many strips/squares, etc. that I will need of each color. I then cut and start sewing. I find the piecing usually goes fairly quickly, it's the cutting and borders that can take lots of time for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    And how fabulous that you didn't use white for the stars. Is that black or dark brown? It's very striking, and the blocks look great - a nice change from the same old, same old.

    You've got a nice pile of triangles piled up. What's wrong with a lap quilt? And really wide borders are a great look (and quickly enlarge the size of the quilt). :wink:
    Its Black and.....LOL..... I've got alot of scraps to use up, the pile seems to be growing instead of getting used up! I thought I'd make a queen but we'll see if I make it that far.

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