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Thread: How Fast Can You Make a Quilt?

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    Junior Member apronlady's Avatar
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    This may be a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway. I sew but do not know how to quilt; I'm going to start a class next month.

    I have two wonderful children: a daughter graduating from medical school in early June, and a son who's having an engagement party in April and wedding some time in 2012. How fast and what pattern could I use to produce the graduation quilt. I'll put the wedding quilt on hold for the moment.

    I made both kids a scrapbook not knowing a lick about that, so my positive spirit is shining through. Is it feasible or am I trying to do a Herculean task for such a newbie? Give me the straight scoop! Thanks so much!

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    There are many easy quilts that would be lovely and easy to make. I have several sites I go to on a regular basis. Here they are and the rest of us are available 24/7 to answer questions.

    http://quilting.about.com/

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2044939_make-quilt.html

    Others on here will have more ideas on how to get started.

    Oops, didn't answer your original question of how long. It depends on the pattern, the expertise and the skill of the seamstress.

    What class are you taking?

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    I think as a rule the bigger pieces, the faster the quilt goes together. Some patterns look a lot more complicated though because strip quilting can make a complicated design easier than it looks.

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    If you are machine piecing a lap-size quilt, using an easy pattern like Rails, Yellow Brick Road, Take Five, you can cut it all out in one day and two to four days to piece it. I have my quilts quilted at my FQS (Little Blessings, Crossville, TN), so it takes longer to get them quilted. Some others on the Board quilt their own and can give you and idea of how long it takes them. How long it takes you depends on how much time you have, your pattern, and how you are going to quilt it. You can even do what I have done ... I took the pieced top to the shower, so the new mommy could see it; then I took it home and got it quilted and shipped it to her.

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    Answer to your question: Fast... (even if it takes sewing into the dawn)

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    Quote Originally Posted by apronlady
    This may be a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway. I sew but do not know how to quilt; I'm going to start a class next month.

    I have two wonderful children: a daughter graduating from medical school in early June, and a son who's having an engagement party in April and wedding some time in 2012. How fast and what pattern could I use to produce the graduation quilt. I'll put the wedding quilt on hold for the moment.

    I made both kids a scrapbook not knowing a lick about that, so my positive spirit is shining through. Is it feasible or am I trying to do a Herculean task for such a newbie? Give me the straight scoop! Thanks so much!
    That depends on a lot of things. The pattern, the techniques involved, the skill of the quilter, if you cut your own pieces or use precuts (like jellyrolls), and how much free time you have. Patterns that use pieces of the same size are easier. Things can get complicated if you have a pattern with different shaped and different sized pieces. If you can use strip piecing things will go by faster because you don't have to cut out each piece indivually. I'd forgo anything with curved seams or even applique because both can be a little tricky if you've never attempted it before.

    Some patterns I suggest: Nine Patch, Rail Fence, Irish Chain, and Pin Wheel. These are all very easy, they use the same sized pieces, and strip piecing can be used (except the pinwheel, but there is a shortcut to making pinwheels---http://www.youtube.com/user/Missouri...21/ekYpJzHoW6E). Another easy quilt to make would involve the Tube Quilting technique---http://www.youtube.com/user/Missouri...60/vOWSp0mTTqE and http://www.youtube.com/user/Missouri...3/J5WgTyqB8Pc. And to make them even easier you can make them with jellyroll pre-cuts (in the case of the pinwheels, charmpacks)

    And you are doing a Herculean task (coming from a quilter who's second quilt was a denim quilt). A beginner can totally put a quilt together. ;)

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    I made a hidden wells quilt in 2 weeks from start to sending it to my Godfather. This was on top of working and running around after the kids.
    I was very happy with the result.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-56286-1.htm

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    I would start with a book from Eleanor Burns "Quilt in a Day" . Yes they will take a bit longer depending on your speed and confidence, but she gives great step by step instructions, and none are very difficult.

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    It took me 6 weeks to machine piece and hand quilt a star quilt for my Dad's birthday. It was queen sized. I did the same for my Mother for her birthday and it was the same pattern and took the same amount of time.

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    there are quilts that can be put together in a few hours, a weekend, a week, a month...and years. big block quilts go together quickly and there are some very good looking patterns. start looking through the picture posts you will find all kinds of inspiration and visit your library they usually have some beginner books available. there are tons of websites with free patterns.- and u-tube of course. :thumbup:

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    I have one pattern called "Seeing Stars" that you can make a queen size quilt top in two days. I don't know if the pattern is still available or not, I've had it for years.

    added: I searched and didn't find the pattern I have. I found a whole bunch of other patterns with the same name though.

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    THANK YOU all for your posts! I've been checking out some of the sites provided and have been reading feverishly...almost ready for a nap from eye fatigue!

    I'm attaching a picture of the fabric I have that's like a bee buzzing in my bonnet to try making a quilt. I guess I could "settle" by making a scrub outfit or cap for her, but the quilt making just seems so special to me. She's worked so hard at medical school, that it's the least I can do by stepping out of my comfort zone and quilting. I know she'll treasure it. Perhaps I've overwhelmed myself by reading several Jennifer Chiavarini's Elm Creek Quilts books, and the numerous patterns available. I welcome any advice on what design/pattern would work with this. THANK YOU!
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    I made a warm wishes quilt in about 4 days.

    I made 5 warm wishes and 6 "Downey" pattern quilts (11 total) in 21 days.

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    Warm Wishes is an easy pattern that looks great.

    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d...html?idx=5185_

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    I made this lap/nap quilt for my wife using the quilt for kids pattern in 10 hours from the time I started cutting to the time I was washing it. And all of it was made on a treadle (honestly is there any other machine out there? :lol: )

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyo
    I think as a rule the bigger pieces, the faster the quilt goes together. Some patterns look a lot more complicated though because strip quilting can make a complicated design easier than it looks.
    I hand-quilt so it takes me 1 day to cut out the pieces,2 0r 3 days to sew the quilt top(2 if Nothing else is going on,3 if there are Doctors appts.), and the rest of the 1 1/2 weeks to handquilt the quilt. I always tell my customers that their quilt will be ready in 2 weeks.

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