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Thread: Question: How Long

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    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
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    Question Question: How Long

    Just a general question: How long does it typically take you to make a quilt top? Not a "race-to-finish" top, but a standard full-to-queen sized with a fair amount of piecing?

    I'm curious because I'm going to have to "trade services" to get a quilt top I need made. It's a specific applique pattern every other block and a fan on the other blocks. I'm wondering how long it would take from beginning to end! Then I started pondering and thought it would be fun to get everyone's "times"!
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

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    What kind of applique? If it's needle turn, that would take me a month to 6 months depending on how complex the design was to do those blocks. If it's machine applique, about a week for the applique blocks and maybe a 2 weeks for the pieced blocks. I seldom work on the same project from start to finish so it's hard to say. Quilting is my fun time so I don't rush.

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    As each quilt pattern is a bit different it can be tough to get a true measurement. I have done full bed size log cabins , 1.5 inch cut logs in 8 days but that included 1 1/2- 2 days of sorting scraps , ironing, starching, and cutting from very irregular scraps. That does not include quilting. Needless to say I must have been in the mood.
    I do find that even for some of the more complicated patterns .. if I do not have it done in 6 -7 weeks , there is a good chance it will never be done. My threshold for working with the same textiles/pattern for more than several weeks can be a bit low, plus the motivation to move on to the next is pretty high.

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    I did a Trip around the World In two weeks from start to finish...other quilts any where from two-4 months depending on pattern and complexity

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    Depends on pattern, and of course how much time I have to work on it,LOL

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    Super Member Pam S's Avatar
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    Always a lot longer than I think it will!

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    That is a loaded questions! Depends upon tooo many things. Of course the pattern is number one, then the size and the number of pieces that have to be cut. Then each sew-er sews differently ~ some are speed demons and others are creepy crawlers. Then of course one should factor in un-sewing. ;(

    A friend says that Eleanor Burns lied about 'a quilt in a day', because it took her a whole lot longer.
    "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -Confucius


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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    I did a queen size bargello in just over 2 weeks

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    I make a lot of different full sized quilts, although none have been applique. Based on the audiobooks I play while quilting stuff, would say it takes 40-50 hours for me to piece a top from cutting to finishing the borders. I do not have a design board, which honestly does slow you down. I do a lot of shortcut techniques, but some things just have no fast way of being done.

    Eleanor Burns lied about 'a quilt in a day',
    Actually, not true. I have done a full sized Log cabin in about 8 hours, from cutting to finishing the top. You can actually have it stuffed and on the bed in another 2 hours. I was a lot younger then. These days, I can only sew for about 3-4 hours in a day.
    Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 02-22-2012 at 10:36 AM.

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    Since I do my quilting in odd moments between doing everything else in my life, a completed quilt can take anywhere from a day or two to months or years.
    Just discovered I qualify for FABLE (Fabric Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy)

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