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How long does it take you to hand quilt a lap quilt?

Old 08-27-2018, 03:29 AM
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Default How long does it take you to hand quilt a lap quilt?

I'm trying to frame up in my mind roughly how much time to allot for hand quilting a lap-sized quilt. Yes, I realize answers will be all over the map based on the various factors involved. But while I've done plenty of needlework over the years, I've never hand quilted anything.
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It depends on how you do it. I usually do mine in the evening while watching TV with the husband (about 3 hours a night). And it takes me a week to two weeks. Works for me. If I am quilting it on my machine. It takes me 3-4 (5 hours) days.
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it also depends on how much quilting one plans to do and how quickly one stitches.
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Originally Posted by QuiltingHaven View Post
It depends on how you do it. I usually do mine in the evening while watching TV with the husband (about 3 hours a night). And it takes me a week to two weeks. Works for me. If I am quilting it on my machine. It takes me 3-4 (5 hours) days.
Thanks. Yes, I'll be doing mostly evening quilting, too. Forgot to mention that I'm thinking of using an all-over "Baptist Fan" or "Amish Waves" pattern like the black and tan example here: http://carolynforster.co.uk/utility-quilting/

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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
it also depends on how much quilting one plans to do and how quickly one stitches.
Understood. Like I said, I get that there are a lot of factors involved. Not looking for an exact answer. I just want to get a sampling of experiences so I can frame this up in my mind. To your point, in terms of speed, I figure I'll be in the middle-of-the-road. Not the fastest and not the slowest.
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I did one with just straight lines and it took about a month. This is about one and a half hours in the evenings. I am on the slow side.
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For me, that's a process of months, if not years... My fastest one was half a year for a twin quilt But I guess there are people who do it a lot faster than me...
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When I hand quilted, I would not spend very much time because of boredom and sore fingers. I could only do maybe 2 quilts a year.

Now I only machine quilt and can do a lap quilt in about 6 hours. I make donation quilts for kids mostly.
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I used to do about 4 yards of quilting in an hour. Now it might be about 3.
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I just want to compliment all of you who do hand quilt. It is becoming a lost art. For me, it would take forever. I am super slow and have carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. Within 15 minutes of doing any hand sewing both wrists are screaming at me. And that's why I bought a pre-owned long arm. Best thing I ever did. I will never be a great quilter on it, but at least I do get the quilts done.
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