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Thread: How long does it take you to quilt a quilt?

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    How long does it take you to quilt a quilt?

    Quilt size 60x72.
    If you have a Long Arm?
    If you FMQ on your home machine?
    If you hand quilt?
    If you have a portable frame (Flynn type)?
    If you have a small frame (Gracie type) and machine set up?

    I'm curious. I know there is set up time getting the quilt ready to sew, but I'm asking about actual stitching time.

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    A lot depends on how closely you are quilting. I make at least 20 Linus quilts a month and those are machine quilted on my Bernina with a decorative stitch about every 4 inches and then about 1/2 around the edges to create a false binding. I can usually do one of them in about an hour. Anything larger I prefer to handquilt. Again a lot depends on the closeness of the quilting. I am a domestic goddess and can spend as much time as I want on quilting. I could handquilt a quilt that size with a decent amount of quilting in two to three weeks. I get a lot of TV watching in at the same time. For something that size I would use my round floor frame that resembles a large embroidery hoop on legs.
    I do have 40 years of experience quilting.
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    For me that would be about 10 years (ha ha). I'm a great starter....it's just the finishing part I have problems with.

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    I hand quilt for my own pleasure and relaxation so there's no time limit how when I need to finish. Some days I find myself working on my quilt more than other days. Some days, I don't do any piecing or quilting. This is a hobby for me and not a "must do" every day. So, it's done at my leisure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    I hand quilt for my own pleasure and relaxation so there's no time limit how when I need to finish. Some days I find myself working on my quilt more than other days. Some days, I don't do any piecing or quilting. This is a hobby for me and not a "must do" every day. So, it's done at my leisure.
    This about says it for me too!!!!

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    about a year for a queen sized hand quilted quilt, and that is with some pretty serious intention to finish.

    i can turn around a machine quilted queen sized in much less time, though i tend to get distracted or busy or....and they end up taking a long time too.

    i am in awe of people who turn around more than a quilt a year or so.

    for me, quilting is slow time. from the planning to the hand stitched binding everything seems to be a long process of doing you know?

    aileen

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    I hand quilt and would rather do that than anything else.....work tends to get in the way though. I am starting my 4th quilt this year here in a few days - as soon as i get it basted and put on the frame. I also have a dresden queen size quilt that i will work on "in between" projects - it is actually for me.

    The sizes have varied - a twin size coverlet, a throw, a queen size, and then something bigger than a throw but less than a twin size..
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I machine quilt on my Bernina 1530 and I have only made 3 lap size quilts (about 40 x 50). One was stitch in the ditch and two were meandering. The stitch in the ditch took about 7 hours and the meanders took about 5 hours each. I'm not a perfectionist and I only do this for fun.

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    I used to handquilt everything, and that is still my preferred method, but I never have enough time to do it anymore. I have had several projects (commissions) in the last year that would have been impossible to handquilt, even if the client had wanted it: T-shirt and heavily pieced and appliqued quilts!

    To handquilt the size you mention, as my sole project but only in regular quilting time, would take me about 5 months. FMQ would take a week or two (I use my domestic sewing machine).

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    a 60 x 72 on my Voyager 17, with a meandering pattern, probably a couple of days. I tend to start the quilt, work on it for a while, then find something to do sitting down for a while.

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    i have been quilting for over 40 years. i handquilt using a Q-Snap frame. I have done a queen size Trip Around the World quilt in two weeks by quilting diagonal lines through the blocks. Mot of my quilts take anywhere from a month to 4 months depending on size, amount of quilting to be done, and what is happening in my life at the time. I try to determine roughly how long it takes me to quilt one block and estimate a time frame for finishing the quilting. I can only work a few hours at a time before the arthritis kicks in --usually a three hour period--so base my estimate in how many blocks i can do in that time.

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    several weeks. I take it to the long armer and she calls me later.

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    FMQ on my 6600 is my only option (if I am doing it) and for one that size it could be done in a couple hours if only doing stippling or STID. Anything more complicated will add to the time. My biggest time consumer is planning what to quilt. I have been known to look through pattern books for hours trying to find the "perfect quilting pattern". But once I am ready to quilt, it's off to the races coz I just hate to stop til I am done.

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    There are no stock answers for your questions. Waaaaay to many variables.
    Most of my hand quilted queen size quilts take me a couple of years to do and that is working on it fairly steadily. I only have a lap hoop.

    On my DSM I did a 60 x 60 in about 3 weeks working on it pretty much only weekends so I guess that would be 5 or 6 days of meander FMQ and echo quilting. I also did one the same size with a simple cross hatch in about the same amount of time.

    On the LA that is where I have the biggest variable. If it was a panto, I could finish it up in a couple of hours. Same if it was a simple all over meander. But if there was SID ruler work, custom quilting of different designs in different areas it would take me a lot longer. I only get to really quilt on weekends. Very rarely do I have time to do it on weeknights so the quilt stays on the rack for anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.

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    I have been quilting for over50 years and when I have a quilt to do I basically quilt about 6 to 7 hours a day and it takes me about two weeks depending on the size. Baby quilts take me about 8 hours.

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    You are probably asking to plan a project yourself. However, I always find it amusing when a nonquilter sees something I've done and the first they ask is "How long did it take you?" I always want to say "Why do you want to know that?" But of course, one is polite and gives some guess. They could build in a timer on machines, including LAs, so when a project is done, you would have the cumulative amount of time you put in at actual sewing. But as many have said, the time planning, preparing, and living life in between sewing sessions all adds up. Now and then I try to remember how much actual time something takes me, but if I don't write it down, I immediately forget. It's easy to figure if I spend an entire evening, from after dinner, maybe 6:30 or 7, until bedtime, maybe 10 or 11. Same if I spend from lunch to dinner, with time out for a quick tea at about 3. (Do you think food is a factor in my life?LOL) Anyway, I'm interested in all the answers to this thread, so will have to check back later to learn more.
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    On my HQ Avante, I can do a medium meander on a king size in about 2 hours. Anything else other than meander, takes me a couple of days, since I'm still learning to use the machine.

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    My thought is "what difference does it make how long it takes me to do anything?" No two people work at the same rate. It'll take however long it takes.

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    If I'm really trying to get it done, on my Babylock Jane while sitting, it takes about 2 hours. Most take longer because I have to take breaks to rest my arms and back. I love to FM quilt.

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    I do FMQ on my 77yr Singer 15-91. I pretty much ONLY do meandering or loopy meanders. I can get a quilt done (the size you mentioned) in about 2-3 hours.

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    A make several 60 x 72 quilts a year for kids going through confirmation at church. At first it took me 4-6 hours just to do the quilting on the sewing machine. Now, about 2 hours. I did one last week and I sewed about 1/2 hour took a break and that is about the way I quilt best. Breaks help ease any tension I may get in my shoulders. All added together I was so excited to complete this one in 2 hours. I do a diagonal. I have done so many that I do not premark the lines, now. I use a disappearing pen and mark only the lines in the borders to connect to the first square block so I get my beginning angle correct. This was my fastest ever. I do not get bird's nest. My back looks as good as the front. I use a Janome 6600P. My speed just gradually got faster as I learn how to hold the quilt as I stitch. Music is relaxing also.
    Different speeds for everyone. I personally don't quilt to get it done quickly. I enjoy the process, buying the fabric, planning, caressing the fabric etc.....
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    Most of the ladies have answered your question about like I would have. Each person sews differently; thinks and plans differently; gathers fabrics differently. I too have tried to estimate what amount of time I have spent on working a quilt up from beginning to end. If I have done the selections, piecing, and quilting myself my estimate would be one workweek 8 to 5 and ready for a Friday Night Out on a regular or queen size quilt. I have a LA, piece with a FW, and cut out all over the house, even though I have my own personal sewing room. I am not including clean-up time.....I have been a professional seamtress in years past, but now spend all my sewing time quilting. My grannie taught me how to quilt during the l950s, and I have taken about three quilting classes at Jo Ann's. I have won several blue ribbons at county fairs, etc. and a few second and third place ribbons. Bragging this morning, huh????? I keep thinking I might tackle something serious and enter it at Paducah. Maybe.....
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    I'm with Lynn.......sometimes a day or two on the mid-arm, depending if I "work" at it, or do other things in between. A few from years ago still arent' quilted
    I have hand-quilted, and do a lot on my Pfaff. a few pictures are on my web sites.
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    I generally say 6-9 months for a Queen size - but I'm a hand quilter. 60 x 72 is about 1/2 a queen so I would estimate 3-6 months. Depends on how much free time I have. I work full time and am currently attending college full time. So I can go several days without touching a quilt and even then only have an hour or so.

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    If I FMQ it on my Bernina, I would do it in 4 sessions of 2 hours each. So about 8 hours total. If I put it on my Qsnap it would take about a week of 4 hour stretches depending on how intense the hand quilting was. I don't like to work too long at any one task to avoid getting stiff.

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