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Thread: How Long Does It Take

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    Senior Member pugmom's Avatar
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    How long does it normally take you to finish a quilt top? I work full time and only can sew some evenings/weekends. I am making my first quilt, king size, I know that is stupid but I want to be able to use it. It is a snow ball pattern. I think I have about half of my blocks completed.

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    Anywhere from a few hours to many years. It all depends on the pattern.

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    When I worked, it took me about 2 years to quilt a queen sized quilt on a frame. I had 2 children, but in general quilted when I could. It really doesn't matter how long...it matters more that you are still doing it. Time passes anyway.

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    It takes me years to complete anything. I stop, start, stop...it's about the process for me and not the product. Good thing with the speed I finish stuff! Enjoy your process when you can.:)

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    Using some evenings and weekends you could, potentially, finish in a month or so. The trick is to sew on it a little each time you are able. Soon you become proficient at maximizing your time and "walla" soon it is done. Please share pics as you progress. We would love to see it.

    BTW, I made a queen size the first time I made a quilt; I too wanted useable. Not crazy at all!!

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    a lifetime! LOL I have one that I'm handquilting now that I know it has to be 11 yrs old! It is a double wedding ring that I made, put it away & still had the cornerstones to connect, put it away, got it out, put it away & just recently when I had some serious health conditions, I got it out & I'm now determined to finish it! I have 4 of the rings quilted & mannnnnnnny more to go! But luckily my health has stabilized & I'm at least motivated to quilt it! Good luck on your first!

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    My first quilt and its a king size! Not nuts and I am going on about a year on it.. I hear ya... lucky for us we have all the wonderful people on here to help us!

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    I used to handquilt a full size quilt in about two weeks, working full time. I am paying the price for it now, with carpal tunnel syndrome and a bone spur on my finger.

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    It depends on if I get sidetracked with a new project or not. If I'm disciplined, I can finish a top in two days. The fastest I've ever completed a quilt from start to finish was a lap size D9P that took me about a week. The longest it ever took me . . . well, let's not talk about that right now. :lol:

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    I don't feel so bad now. It takes me anywhere between 3to 6 months depending on how often I get to the machine. I have a regualar everyday sewing machine. Between cutting blocks, pinning and sewing takes time, then to put it all together, pin again, binding and then tying, I would say start to finish about 5 mths

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    Days, weeks, months, years, or never. It all depends. I love the journey - not the destination.

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    Several months. :)

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    It depends on how motivated I am to finish the quilt. When I made my son and daughter-in-law's wedding quilt, I finished that in about 3 months (queen size). I have started some that I'm sure I will never finish. I have a short attention span :)

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    I was reading my newsletter this morning and came across the this thread in the 'How Long Does It Take' link. I am so glad I came across this thread because I am not a good quilt finisher. I every one of my UFO's but I do think that now, after seven years I should have had more than two finished. I am concentrating on quilting tops this year so maybe I will, at last, have my little frog quilt, my scrappy and my jelly roll finished by the end of the year.

    I love the journey too and don't have to rush to the finishing line. I am a sucker to learn new techniques and I think that is why I get side-tracked.

    Keeps me happy in my retirement though! Thanks girls!

    Maureen in Jersey, UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Days, weeks, months, years, or never. It all depends. I love the journey - not the destination.

    Ditto

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    It depends on the design and size of the quilt .. I have finished log cabin quilt tops (queen size) in 2 days.. cutting and sewing also in that time frame.. blocks with multiple pieces no way!! takes about a month.. that is if my dd does not come in with another project to make for our grandson.. LOL!! I have made fireman pjs and a kilt for a 2 year old boy this past 2 weeks while trying to make a quilt top and finish up on another.. boy I am sewing in my sleep.. but when I worked full time I got very organized and cut things out on the weekend and then broke the quilt down into units like sew all the flying geese this week and the 4 patches next week.. makes it more doable if you break it down.. Hugs Quiltinmama

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    I am retired and have probably more time to sew than the average person. I am fortunate to be able to sew every day. So, it probably doesn't take me as long as most. The ladies in my "BEE" say they don't know how I get so much done. Sometimes it is embarassing how much I get done.

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    For me; it can take anywhere from a couple hours to 12 years ( and counting...) :)

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    It took me 2 months. Like you, I only sew in the evenings.

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    just depends....life is unpredictable for me

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    I thought about that is AM, funny to see your post..

    I think I will start a diary of my quilt tops. I know there is a lot of time in some patterns and more in others.

    Interesting question.. Never really sit and do one all at once. Would be interesting to know.

    Thanks for the post !

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    When I make quilt tops, I usually cut and piece in 1-3 days. Then it takes me some motivation to get it sandwiched and basted. Then I hand quilt. This is where the process slows, but it's my favorite part!

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    It really depends. Some patterns are very hard and I have to really be in the right mood to tackle them. SO I have a wide range of time tables.

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    About a month for a queen or king size quilt top. I find that being organized and keeping it laid out helps me! When I am not sewing, I just place a towel over it on my cutting table. When I am ready, I just remove my towel and start again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Days, weeks, months, years, or never. It all depends. I love the journey - not the destination.
    This is how I feel !!!

    ;)

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